PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Despite the cold, windy conditions from Monday continuing into Tuesday’s final round, the FGCU men’s golf team put together its best round to conclude the Sea Best Invitational hosted by Jacksonville at TPC Sawgrass’ Dye’s Valley Course. The Eagles shot 295 in the third round to finish ninth with a 54-hole total of 895.
Junior Brady Madsen (Raymond, Minn./MacCray HS/Winona State), who was competing as an individual, tied for fourth overall as one of three Eagles to finish among the top-25 in the field. Senior Van Holmgren (Plymouth, Minn./Waysata HS/North Dakota State) tied for 14th (220), while Frankie Capan III (North Oaks, Minn./Northwest Christian HS/Alabama) tied for 23rd (222) overall.
“I’m proud of our team,” said head coach Andrew Danna. “This is our second tournament together as a group and I feel like we are much improved from a year ago. We will work to get better in the next week and we’re looking forward to preparing for the Seminole Intercollegiate.”
Madsen finished six strokes off the individual winner Nicholas Gabrelcik of North Florida who shot 68 in the third round. After bogies on the first two holes of Tuesday’s start, Madsen had 14 consecutive holes at par to finish the match with 36 total – fourth most overall in the field.
Holmgren finished the third round with a score of 73, while Capan had the team’s best performance of the day shooting 70 to finish even.
Freshman Austin Cherichella (Orlando, Fla./Lake Nona HS) finished three over on the day to tie for 33rd with a two-day score of 225, while graduate Michael O’Brien (West Chester, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller HS/Saint Joseph’s) and freshman Thomas Salanito (Palm Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic) each shot 236 to tie for 58th.
North Florida took the overall team title with a 54-hole total score of 861, while Duke and Liberty tied for second (873). In Tuesday’s third round, the Eagles’ 295 total was the sixth-best team performance of the day.
The Eagles will have just over two weeks until resuming competition on Feb. 19-21 (Friday-Sunday) at the Seminole Intercollegiate hosted by Florida State in Tallahassee.
T4th – Brady Madsen – 69-70-74—213 (individual)
T14th – Van Holmgren – 73-74-73—220
T23rd – Frankie Capan III – 75-77-70—222
T33rd – Austin Cherichella – 73-79-73—225
T58th – Michael O’Brien – 76-81-79—236
T58th – Thomas Salanito – 81-73-82—236
SEA BEST INVITATIONAL FIELD (Golfweek/GolfStat):
1st – #26/NR North Florida – 280-291-290—861
t-2nd – Duke – 284-300-289—873
t-2nd – #20/NR Liberty – 291-293-289—873
4th – Campbell University – 298-296-288—882
5th – NC State – 289-298-297—884
t6th – Charlotte – 284-301-300—885
t6th – #47/NR Jacksonville – 295-293-297—885
8th – College of Charleston – 289-304-294—887
9th – #92/NR FGCU – 297-303-295–895
10th – #102/NR Lipscomb – 301-313-310—924
11th – Toledo – 314-310-307—931
12th – #111/NR USC Upstate – 309-320-313—942
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Danna will enter his second year at the helm of the men’s golf program this fall. He served the previous season as the assistant at LSU. Prior to that he was the ultra-successful head coach for six years at Lynn University where he led them to the 2018 NCAA Division II national championship and was, subsequently, chosen the David Williams National Coach of the Year. He also led the Fighting Knights to three national runner-up placements, with a third and eighth place finish in his other two seasons.
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