OPELIKA, Ala. – For the second straight round, Frankie Capan III shot 64 on Monday to set a new 54-hole scoring record en route to winning the individual title and leading the FGCU men’s golf program to the team title at the Auburn Tiger Invitational at the Grand National Lake Course on Monday afternoon.
In his first FGCU career win, Capan shot 197 for the three rounds to set a new program 54-hole total, while his third round 64 tied the school record. His eight-under performance Yesterday and today each tied the program’s individual low round vs. par as well. Capan’s 197 was the first sub-200 performance in program history as well.
As a team, FGCU won the tournament by 13 strokes overall and finished with a new program record 54-hole total of 832 going 32 under par overall. The previous tournament record for the Eagles was 837 at the 2012-13 Cobra Puma Invitational which was 27 under par.
For the Eagles, this marked the second straight tournament win of the season making it the first time FGCU has had multiple team titles in a season since 2017-18. Overall this was the 13thth season in program history to win multiple tournament titles since 2001-02.
As a team, FGCU finished the day with 69 birdies thanks in part to going 32 under on Par 5 holes. Capan led the Eagles and the field with 17 birdies and tied Lucas Fallotico with two Eagles each. Austin Cherichella had 16 birdies, while Brady Madsen had 14.
Host and 19th ranked Auburn finished second with a three-round score of 845. Capan won the event by eight strokes ahead of Auburn’s Brendan Valdes (205).
Capan’s third round produced nine birdies over including four straight from the No. 1 through No. 4 holes. Overall, he had just one miscue with a bogey on No. 7.
Cherichella placed third for his second-straight top-5 finish after taking second last week at the Coral Creek Club Invitational. After shooting 66 in yesterday’s second round, they had a two-under 70 on Monday to finish at 207.
Playing as an individual, Fallotico tied for seventh overall alongside Madsen (214). For Madsen, it was his best finish since placing seventh at the Graeme McDowell Invitational in the fall and tied his season-low 54-hole total set there and last week at the Coral Creek Club Invitational as well. Fallotico had his highest individual finish this season with his score of 214 just one stroke off his season low.
The Eagles will next play at The Schenkel Invitational Hosted by Georgia Southern on Friday through Sunday, March 18-20, in Statesboro, Ga. It will be the penultimate tune-up before the ASUN Championship Tournament at the end of April.
Tiger Invitational by Jason Dufner
Grand National Lake Course – About 72 – 7,289 yards
1 – Frankie Capan III – 69-64-64 – 197
3 – Austin Cherichella – 71-66-70 – 207
T7 – Brady Madsen – 64-76-74 – 214
T7 – Lucas Fallotico (Indiv) – 73-70-71 – 214
T39 – Pierre Viallaneix – 70-76-75 – 221
T46 – Jon Hopkins – 77-69-76 – 222
1 – # 59 FGCU – 274-275-283 – 832
2 – # 19 Auburn – 281-283-281 – 845
3 – Auburn (B) – 293-281-288 – 862
4 – # 78 Southern Mississippi – 286-288-289 – 863
5 – # 140 UNCW – 288-287-295 – 870
6 – # 111 Louisiana Tech – 282-296-293 – 871
T7 – # 52 Missouri – 288-294-293 – 874
T7 – # 83 South Alabama – 291-296-287 – 874
T9 – # 165 Georgia State – 290-286-301 – 877
T9 – # 161 Wichita State – 297-282-298 – 877
T11 – # 103 Florida Atlantic – 296-292-292 – 880
T11 – # 126 James Madison – 294-293-293 – 880
13 – # 86 Lamar – 302-290-302 – 894
T14 – North Alabama – 308-299-294 – 901
T14 – # 198 Western Kentucky – 303-296-302 – 901
16 – # 196 Kennesaw State – 297-305-305 – 907
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