Men’s golf returns at The Hayt on Sunday

FORT MYERS, FL. – After a rough finish at last week’s The Schenkel Invitational, the FGCU men’s golf team is looking to bounce back this weekend when the Eagles travel to Sawgrass Country Club to attend The Hayt, hosted by North Florida.

The tournament will feature 13 Top 100 programs, including eight that rank in the Top 50. The Eagles enter the tournament ranked 58thth in the latest rankings from Of note are No. 19 Tennessee and No. 25 LSU — against whom the Eagles picked up a win earlier this season.

Austin Cherichella leads the Eagles on the year with a scoring average of 71.93 followed by Frankie Capan III who is at 71.96 for the year. Pierre Viallaneix (72.48) and Jon Hopkins (72.42) are both just behind with 1.04 vs. par. The Eagles lineup, which also includes Brady Madsenhas seen every player achieve a top 10 finish of the year, including four with top 5 efforts.

Play begins Sunday at 7:55 a.m. for the Eagles, who will tee off on the #14 hole. Live scoring will be available via

The Hayt – Par 72 – 6,966 yards
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Sawgrass Country Club

FGCU Lineup:

1. Jon Hopkins

2. Austin Cherichella

3. Pierre Viallaneix

4. Frankie Capan III

5. Brady Madsen

Singles – Lucas Fallotico

The Hayt Field:

#95 State of Arkansas
#69 UCF
#39 Charlotte
#134 Coastal Carolina

#45 Georgia South
#92 Jacksonville
#43 Freedom
#37 Louisville
#25 LSU
#215 Navy
#38 North Florida
#84 North Texas
#19 Tennessee
#40 UAB

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Danna is in his third year at the helm of the FGCU men’s golf program after guiding the Eagles to second place at the 2021 ASUN Championship and being named the program’s first-ever ASUN Coach of the Year. One of the best turnarounds in NCAA history came from the Green-Blues, led by Van Holmgren the first player to receive PING All-Region honors, jumps from 257 in the final 2019-20 rankings to the program’s then-best 65 to conclude 2020-21. The Eagles set a new program high for the 2022 season, ranking 47th on the rankings. Holmgren won the ASUN Championship singles title to qualify for the NCAA Regionals. Before taking over Fort Myers, he served as an assistant at LSU during the 2018-19 season. Prior to that, he was a highly successful six-year head coach at Lynn University, where he led them to the 2018 NCAA Division II national championship and was subsequently named David Williams National Coach of the Year. He also led the Fighting Knights to three national runners-up finishes, with third and eighth finishes in his other two seasons.

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FGCU teams have collectively won an incredible 90 regular conference season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 10 seasons of DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have contested a total of 44 teams or individuals in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned a national top-25 ranking in their respective sports –– including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022), and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer ( 2018) as three of the youngest. In 2016-17, the Greens and Blues finished in the division’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and made the top-100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had the top seven teams from ASUN and Florida to earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progress in their sport. FGCU also achieved a combined record 3.50 GPA in the classroom for the Fall 2020 semester and has surpassed the university’s general student population for 25 consecutive semesters. In each of the last five semesters (Fall 2019 – Fall 2021) another milestone was achieved as all 15 programs each achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also contributed an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 and were recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.


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