FORT MYERS, Fla. – After opening the season with a fourth-place finish at the Any Given Tuesday Intercollegiate last week, the FGCU men’s golf team is back in action this Monday and Tuesday as the Eagles head to the Sea Best Invitational hosted by Jacksonville. The tournament will be played at the TPC at Sawgrass Dye’s Valley Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Last week, Austin Cherichella led the Eagles with a second-place individual finish becoming just the 11th freshman in program history to win or finish runner-up in a tournament. As a team, FGCU shot a 54-hole total of 853 which was the 13th-lowest score in program history.
- Frankie Capan III (North Oaks, Minn./Northwest Christian HS/Alabama)
- Michael O’Brien (West Chester, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller HS/Saint Joseph’s)
- Thomas Salanito (Thomas Salanito (Palm Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic)
- Van Holmgren (Plymouth, Minn./Waysata HS/North Dakota State)
- Austin Cherichella (Orlando, Fla./Lake Nona HS)
Individual – Brady Madsen (Raymond, Minn./MacCray HS/Winona State)
The 12-team field features sixTop-100 programs and will be a bit of an early preview of the ASUN Championship with five programs competing. Not all teams are ranked due to either not playing in the fall.
SEA BEST INVITATIONAL FIELD (Golfweek/GolfStat):
#20 / NR Liberty University
#26 / NR University of North Florida
#47 / NR Jacksonville University
#92 / NR Florida Gulf Coast University
#102 / NR Lipscomb University
#111 / NR University of South Carolina Upstate
NR / NR Campbell University
NR / NR Duke University
NR / NR North Carolina State University
NR / NR College of Charleston
NR / NR University of Charlotte
NR/ NR University of Toledo
The Eagles will have a break from competition until Feb. 19-21 when FGCU next heads to the Seminole Intercollegiate hosted by Florida State in Tallahassee.
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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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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 82 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 13 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 38 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships, including three men’s golfers. Seven FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (#24, 2019-20) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. In 2019-20, they ran their streak to three consecutive years leading both groups with the highest percentage of teams again receiving such high distinction (33% via 5 of 15 programs). FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.46 GPA in the classroom in the spring 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 22 consecutive semesters. The 2019 Fall and 2020 Spring semesters each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.