FORT MYERS, Fla. – Coming off a fourth-place finish at the Schenkel Invitational last Sunday, the FGCU men’s golf team is back on the road as the Eagles head to the 51st playing of the Furman Intercollegiate this Friday through Sunday at the Furman University Golf Course (Par 71, 6994 yards).
The Green and Blue moved up 16 spots in the GolfStat.com weekly rankings to No. 72 after its performance last weekend in Georgia marking FGCU’s highest ranking in the program’s NCAA Division I era.
The 18-team field is highlighted by FGCU and host Furman which ranks just one spot ahead of the Eagles. First round action will begin on Friday with FGCU in the morning wave of teams slated to begin at 9 AM. The Eagles will then be in the afternoon wave on Saturday with a Noon start time. Sunday is slated to be a shotgun start at 9 AM.
Entering the weekend, senior Van Holmgren (Plymouth, Minn./Waysata HS/North Dakota State) leads the Eagles with a 72.33 scoring average with a team-best seven rounds at par-or-better in 15 played this spring.
After finishing eighth last weekend, sophomore Jon Hopkins (Bishop’s Stortford, England/Mississippi Gulf Coast CC) moved up to second on the team with a 73.25 scoring average which ties him alongside fellow sophomore Frankie Capan III (North Oaks, Minn./Northwest Christian HS/Alabama).
Junior Brady Madsen (Raymond, Minn./MacCray HS/Winona State) is just behind the trio with a 73.47 scoring average having played in all five tournaments. Freshman Thomas Salanito (Palm Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic) will also make the trip having earned his way to play in his second career tournament.
Junior Henry Tschopp (Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland/Western Texas College/Dodge City CC) will make his FGCU debut this weekend as well – the junior college transfer was a NJCAA PING All-Region First Team selection last year at Dodge City Community College and ranked as high as the No. 3 NJCAA Player according to GolfStat.com in 2018-19.
Following the weekend trip to South Carolina, the Eagles will host the Old Corkscrew Intercollegiate at the Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero on April 12-13.
Frankie Capan III
51st Furman Intercollegiate Field
#124 Charleston Southern
#130 High Point
#138 Francis Marion
#156 Western Carolina
#207 George Mason
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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 85 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 40 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 21, 2020-21), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2021) 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. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 23 consecutive semesters. The 2019 Fall, 2020 Spring, and 2020 Fall 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.