Record five in ASUN All-Conference Teams men’s golf course program
FORT MYERS, FL. – A program record for five different players who earned All-ASUN honors and Head Coaches Andrew Danna repeatedly named the league’s Coach of the Year when the conference announced its postseason honors on Friday. Austin Cherichella The players made headlines with a place in the All-ASUN First Team.
“I’m really proud of our student-athletes,” said Danna. “All of these awards are a testament to the continued work ethic and dedication over a long period of time both in the course and in the classroom.”
This was the second straight season that FGCU placed an Eagle in the first team Van Holmgren earned the honor last year. Cherichella is only the third overall player to earn this award.
The Eagles also had three in the All-ASUN Second Team, which was also a single-season record Frankie Capan III, Jon Hopkinsand Pierre Viallaneix all deserve the award.
Lucas Fallotico was named to the ASUN All-Freshman Team, marking the second straight season in which FGCU has featured after Cherichella was called to the roster last spring.
Hopkins was also named to the All-Academic Team, as announced separately, becoming the fourth player in program history to do so. He was also the first since Jake Sherwin and Austin Schulz did this in 2016.
(Second year – Orlando, Florida)
Leads FGCU with a career high of 72.10 points…Has three top 5 finishes this year…Second place at the Coral Creek Invitational (68-71-68-207) which led FGCU to the team title…Also third at Auburn Invitational (71-66-70 — 207) which helped FGCU to their second team title of the year… Sixth at the Graeme McDowell Invitational for a total of 213 holes over 54 holes… Posted seven rounds in the 60’s and 15 at par or better for the year over 30 rounds…Has 109 birdies a year…Ranked 190 on GolfStat individual rankings…Holds rank 184 on GolfWeek with a score of 71.00. .. record of 566-221-30 over the year.
Frankie Capan IIIFGCU
(Juniors – North Oaks, Minnesota)
Second on team with a career-best scoring average of 72.11… Won the Auburn Invitational with a school-record 54 holes of 197… the first sub-200 tournament score in program history… His scores of 64 in the second and third rounds tied the school record for low round, while his 8-under performances in both also tied the school record for low round vs. par…Through 27 rounds is .67 vs. par on the season. ..Has five rounds in the 60’s and 11 rounds on par or better…Has 93 birdies and 4 eagles a year…Ranked 183 in GolfStat individual rankings…Fifth highest of any ASUN golfer…Holds one Ranked #172 on GolfWeek with a score of 70.89…record 477-234-34 for the year.
(Junior – Bishop’s Stortford, England)
Has a career-high 72.48 points (1.04 vs. par) over 27 rounds… Has two top 10 finishes this year and four top 15 finishes… 3rd place at the Coral Creek Invitational (68-69 -71 — 208) helped the Eagles to the team title while matching his season-low 54 holes… He also shot 208 (68-73-67) and finished 10th at the Florida Gators Invitational… Had eight rounds in the 60’s and 12 on par-or-better through 27 rounds… Also posted 92 birdies and three eagles a year… Has a 460-234-38 record a year.
(Juniors – Apopka, Florida)
Has a 30-round scoring average of 72.30 (0.80 vs par)…Has three top 10 finishes a year including fourth place at The Hayt (69-72-71…212 ) and at the Sea Best Invitational (73-72-66 — 211) … finished seventh at the Carolina Collegiate Invitational (71-71-70 — 212) … has two rounds in the 60s and a best 16 rounds of the Teams at par-or-better… Recorded 97 birdies and an eagle a year… Has a 555-232-30 record a year.
(Newcomer – Cernusco sul Naviglo, Italy)
Has a 21-round scoring average of 73.14 (1.57 vs. par) … finished seventh (73-70-71 — 214) at the Auburn Invitational … had a season-low 54 holes for a total of 213 (72-70-71) and finished 12th at the Coral Creek Invitational… finished 13th at the Carolina Collegiate Invitational and shot 214 (74-67-73) … had a round of seven to par in the 60’s of the year -or -better…Had 61 birdies and team’s top five Eagles this year…Holds a 316-236-27 record this year.
Danna is in his third year at the helm of the FGCU men’s golf program, having led the Eagles to a second-place finish in the 2021 ASUN Championship en route to being named the program’s first 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 earn PING All-Region honors, jumps from 257 in the final 2019-20 GolfStat.com 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 GolfStat.com rankings. This season, FGCU continued to rank in the top-50 programs throughout the season, notching up wins at the Coral Creek Invitational and the Auburn Intercollegiate. The Eagles currently hold the program’s best scoring average to date at 286.80 (0.80 vs. par) and have program records for birdies (508), par-3 scoring (3.1057), and Par 4 scoring (4.1256) set up.
The Eagles open the ASUN Championship this Sunday through Tuesday, April 24-26 at the UGA Golf Club in Athens, Georgia. Live scoring for each round will be available via www.GolfStat.com.
2022 ASUN Men’s Golf Postseason Honors
Golfer of the Year: Nick Gabrelcik, North Florida
Newcomer of the Year: Jason Duff, North Florida
Coach of the Year: Andrew DannaFGCU
ASUN First Team Overall Conference
Nick Gabrelcik*#, North Florida, Sun., Trinity, Florida.
Robbie Higgins*, North Florida, So., Bradenton, Florida.
Austin CherichellaFGCU, Sun., Orlando, Fla.
Kieran Vincent#, Liberty, Sr., Harare, Zimbabwe
Austin Duncan, Liberty, Gr., York, SC
ASUN Second Team All Conference
Frankie Capan III#, FGCU, Jr., Northern Oaks, Minn.
Pierre ViallaneixFGCU, Jr., Apopka, Fla.
Jon HopkinsFGCU, Jr., Stortford, England
Alexandre Vandermoten, Jacksonville, Jr., Baillargues, France
Jonathan Yaun#, Liberty, Jr., Minneola, Florida.
ASUN All Freshmen Team
Jason Duff, North Florida, Elkton, Florida,
Filip Raza*, Jacksonville, Teplice, Czech Republic
Alejandro Rodriguez*, Lipscomb, Alicante, Spain
Lucas FalloticoFGCU, Cernusco sul Naviglo, Italy
Cooper Smith, North Florida, Tampa, Florida.
* – Denotes unanimous selection
# – Denotes a two-time selection for the all-conference team
ASUN 2022 Conference All-Academic Team
Austin Duncan, Liberty (4.00 | Gr. | York, SC | Cybersecurity)
Willis Gaer, Eastern Kentucky (4.00 | Sr. | Des Moines, Iowa | Business Administration)
Jon HopkinsFGCU (3.79 | Jr. | Stortford, England | Management)
Isaac Simmons, Liberty (3.84 | Sun. | Huddleston, Virginia | Business Administration)
Frankie Wade#, North Alabama (4.00 | Sr. | Hoover, Ala. | Business Administration)
# – Denotes a two-time All-Academic Team selection
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HEAD COACH ANDREW DANNA:
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 earn PING All-Region honors, jumps from 257 in the final 2019-20 GolfStat.com 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 GolfStat.com 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 92 regular-season and tournament conference 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.