Men’s Golf Set for Palmetto State’s Final Fall Event

CHARLESTON, SC – FGCU men’s golf will play one last time this fall at the Daniel Island Intercollegiate in Charleston, South Carolina.

The three-day event, hosted by Charleston Southern University, is set to begin this Sunday at the Daniel Island Club. Eighteen competition holes are scheduled each day, from Sunday to Tuesday (October 30 to November 1).

A total of 18 programs will hit ties in Palmetto State, including Power Five institutions such as No. 61 in South Carolina and No. 23 in Mississippi State.

Last time out, the FGCU battled for a season-best team fourth place finish at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate.

Pierre Viallaneix (Apopka, Fla.) finished tied for fourth in the player standings at 9 under par. His 207 tied the 10th-lowest 54-hole total in program history. Viallaneix shot two rounds in the 60s, including a career draw of 66. Heading into the final round, he led the tournament by two shots.

Viallaneix was named the ASUN Male Golfer of the Week for his performance.

Viallaneix, Lucas Fallotico (Italy), Austin Cherichella (Orlando, Florida), Jon Hopkins (England) and Sam Baker (Cloquet Minn.) will dress for the greens and blues this weekend. Thomas Salanito will also compete as an individual. The Eagles are scheduled to start Sunday’s first round at 8:15 a.m.

As a team, the Eagles are averaging 287.33 rounders in three fall events.

Baker has the lowest lap average among any Eagle this fall, a 71.67 in six laps. Fallotioco carded the most rounds at or below par in the fall with five.

DANIEL ISLAND INTERCOLLEGIATE
Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Daniel Island Club
Charleston, South Carolina
Hosted by Charleston South

TEAMS
Campbell
South Charleston
Charleston College

FGCU
Francois Marion
Houston Christian University
Jacksonville
Louisiana Technology
LoyolaMaryland
MTSU
Memphis
No. 48 Mercier
No. 23 Mississippi State
Seton Room
No. 61 South Carolina
UAB
USC Upstate
Wofford

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HEAD COACH ANDREW DANNA
Danna is in his fourth year leading the men’s golf program with the Eagles who won the first-ever FGCU NCAA Tournament 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-ever ASUN Coach of the Year (2021) and repeated in 2022. One of the best turnovers in NCAA history saw the green and Blue, led by Van Holmgren who became the first player to earn PING All-Region honors, moves from No. 257 in the 2019-20 GolfStat.com Final Rankings to a then-best 65 program to close 2020-21. The Eagles set a new program record in the 2022 season at No. 47 in the GolfStat.com rankings. Holmgren won the individual ASUN Championship title to advance to NCAA Regionals. Before taking over at Fort Myers, he served the 2018-19 season as an assistant at LSU. Previously, he was the ultra-successful head coach for six years at the University of Lynn, where he led them to the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2018 and was later chosen the national coach of the David Williams year. He also led the Fighting Knights to three national runners-up spots, with third- and eighth-place finishes in his other two seasons.

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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 92 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 15 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 11 seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles brought together 45 teams or individuals competing in NCAA championships. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Eight FGCU programs ranked in the top 25 nationally in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (#20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (#20, 2022) and men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s football. (2018) as four of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Vert et Bleu posted the department’s best sixth place finish 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 Florida State’s top seven teams won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progression in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 classroom GPA in the fall 2020 semester and outperformed the general undergraduate college population for 26 consecutive semesters. The last five semesters (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022) saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a cumulative team average of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also served an all-time high of 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.

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