FORT MYERS, Florida. – After making history as the first FGCU track and field program to win a major offer, the men’s golf team will officially begin playing at the NCAA Columbus Regional on Monday morning.
Hosted by the State of Ohio at The OSU Golf Club, the 13-team regional course will begin at 7:30am on holes #1 and #10. Live stats will be available for each round Monday through Wednesday at www.GolfStat. with. The Eagles are scheduled to start at 8:25 am on hole #1.
The regional will be played at the OSU club’s Scarlet Course (Par 71, 7422 yards) in Columbus, Ohio. The top five teams after three rounds and the best individual not on one of those teams will advance to the NCAA Championship at Grayhawk Club in Scottsdale Arizona. Eagles are ranked ninth overall in the regional field.
This also marked the first time in the history of the FGCU men’s golf program to make an NCAA regional as a team. Previously, the Eagles sent four individuals to the postseason, including Van Holmgren last season. Brandon Pena (2012), Edward Figueroa (2013) and Jake Sherwin (2015) were the other classified.
FGCU had a spectacular 2021-22 season with wins at the Coral Creek Club Invitational and Auburn Invitational, placing second in the Graeme McDowell Invitational, Carolina Collegiate Invite and ASUN Championship. The Eagles also placed third at The Hayt and fifth at the Florida Gators Invitational.
Austin Cherichella leads Green and Blue with an average of 72.00 points, while Frankie Capan IIIwho was the individual winner at the Auburn Invitational, is second with an average score of 72.17. Pierre Vialaneix (72.33) and Jon Hopkins (72.47) complete the first four, while Brady Madsen (73.15) ends the lineup. Both Madsen and Capan tied the show’s low-round record after shooting 64 during the season.
The Eagles were one of the last programs in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, after jumping from 257th in the 2019-20 GolfStat rankings to 65th to close out the 2021 campaign. In 2022, FGCU were runners-up to the ASUN Championship for second straight season, won two team tournament victories and entered the NCAA Tournament 51st in the most current GolfStat rankings.
1. Austin Cherichella
two. Frankie Capan III
3. Pierre Vialaneix
4. Jon Hopkins
5. Brady Madsen
Ohio State Golf Club – Columbus, Ohio
Hosted by Ohio State
Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. #2 State of Oklahoma
2. #11 Georgia Tech
3. #14 Arkansas
4. #23 Clemson
5. #30 East of the State of Tennessee
6. #35 State of Ohio
7. #41 Duke
8. #44 Northwest
9. #51 Florida’s Gulf Coast
10. #61 San Francisco
11. #65 Kentucky
12. #89 Wright State
13. #151 Southern Illinois
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COACH ANDREW DANNA:
Danna is in his third year in charge of the men’s golf program with the Eagles claiming the first FGCU NCAA tournament berth in department history during the 2022 season. He led the Eagles to second place at the 2021 and 2022 ASUN Championships. and was named the program’s first ASUN Coach of the Year (2021) and repeated in 2022. One of the best turnarounds in NCAA history has seen the Green and Blue, led by Van Holmgren who became the first player to win the PING All-Region award, jumped from 257th place in the 2019-20 GolfStat.com final rankings to a then 65th best program to close out 2020-21. The Eagles established a new best program during the 2022 season at 47th on the GolfStat.com rankings. Holmgren won the ASUN Championship individual title to qualify for the NCAA Regionals. Prior to taking over at Fort Myers, he served the 2018-19 season as an assistant at LSU. Prior to that, he was the successful head coach for six years at Lynn University, where he led them to the 2018 NCAA Division II national championship and was subsequently named the David Williams National Coach of the Year. He also led the Fighting Knights to three national runner-up spots, with a third and eighth place finish in his other two seasons.
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The FGCU teams have come together to win an incredible 92 regular season conference and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. had a total of 45 teams or individuals competing in NCAA championships. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Eight FGCU programs have earned the top 25 national rankings in their respective sports – including women’s basketball (#20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (#20, 2022) and men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) ) as four of the most recent. In 2016-17, Green and Blue recorded sixth place in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and the top seven teams in the state of Florida winning the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 GPA in class for the Fall 2020 semester and outperformed the university’s general undergraduate population for 25 consecutive semesters. The last five semesters (Fall 2019 – Fall 2021) have seen another milestone reached, as all 15 programs achieved a staff GPA of 3.0 or higher in each. The Eagles also served an all-time record 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 — being recognized as one of two finalists for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.