FORT MYERS, Fla. – A program-record of five different players earned All-ASUN honors and head Coach Andrew Danna repeated as the league’s Coach of the Year as the conference announced its postseason honors on Friday. Austin Cherichella headlined the players with a spot on the All-ASUN First Team.
“I’m really proud of our student-athletes,” Danna said. “All of these Awards are a Testament of the continuous work ethic and effort over a long period of time both on the course and in the Classroom.”
This marked the second straight season that FGCU has placed an Eagle on the first team after Van Holmgren earned the Honor last year. Cherichella is just the third overall player to earn the Distinction.
The Eagles also had three on the All-ASUN Second Team which was also a single-season record with Frankie Capan III, Jon Hopkinsand Pierre Viallaneix all earning the accolade.
Lucas Fallotico was named to the ASUN All-Freshman Team marking the second straight season for FGCU to be represented after Cherichella was named to the Squad last spring.
Hopkins was also named to the All-Academic Team as announced separately becoming the fourth player in program history to do so. He was also the first since Jake Sherwin and Austin Schultz did so in 2016.
(Sophomore – Orlando, Fla.)
Leads FGCU with a career-best 72.10 scoring average… Has three top five finishes on the year… Placed 2nd at the Coral Creek Invitational (68-71-68 – 207) which led FGCU to the team title… Also placed third at the Auburn Invitational (71-66-70 – 207) which helped FGCU to its second team title on the year … Placed sixth at the Graeme McDowell Invitational with a 54-hole total of 213 … Posted seven rounds in the 60s and 15 at par-or-better for the year through 30 rounds … Has 109 birdies on the year … Ranked No. 190 on GolfStat individual rankings … Holds a No. 184 ranking on GolfWeek with a 71.00 rating … Record of 566-221-30 on the year.
Frankie Capan IIIFGCU
(Junior – North Oaks, Minn.)
Ranked second on the team with a career-best 72.11 scoring average … Won the Auburn Invitational with a school-record 54-hole score of 197 … the first sub-200 tournament score in program history … His scores of 64 in the second and third rounds tied the school record for the lowest round, while his 8-under performances in both also tied the school record for the low round vs. par … Through 27 rounds, is 0.67 vs. par on the season. .. Has five rounds in the 60s and 11 rounds at par-or-better … Has 93 birdies and 4 Eagles on the year … Ranked No. 183 on GolfStat individual rankings … fifth-highest of any ASUN individual golfer … Holds a No. 172 ranking on GolfWeek with a 70.89 rating … Record of 477-234-34 for the year.
(Junior – Bishop’s Stortford, England)
Through 27 rounds, has a career-best 72.48 scoring average (1.04 vs. Par) … Has two top-10 finishes on the year and four top-15 finishes … Placed 3rd at the Coral Creek Invitational (68-69 -71 – 208) helping the Eagles to the team title while tying his season-low 54-hole total … Also shot 208 (68-73-67) to finish 10th at the Florida Gators Invitational … Had eight rounds in the 60s and 12 at par-or-better through 27 rounds … Also posted 92 birdies and three Eagles on the year … Has a 460-234-38 record on the year.
(Junior – Apopka, Fla.)
Through 30 rounds, has a 72.30 scoring average (0.80 vs. Par) … Has three top-10 finishes on the year including fourth place at The Hayt (69-72-71 … 212) and at the Sea Best Invitational (73-72-66 – 211) … Finished seventh at the Carolina Collegiate Invitational (71-71-70 – 212) … Has two rounds in the 60s and a team-best 16 rounds at par-or -better … Recorded 97 birdies and an eagle on the year … Has a 555-232-30 record on the year.
(Freshman – Cernusco sul Naviglo, Italy)
Through 21 rounds, has a 73.14 scoring average (1.57 vs. Par) … Finished 7th (73-70-71 – 214) at the Auburn Invitational … Had a season-low 54-hole total of 213 (72 -70-71) to finish 12th at the Coral Creek Invitational … Finished 13th at the Carolina Collegiate Invitational shooting 214 (74-67-73) … Had one round in the 60s on the year with seven at par-or -better … Had 61 birdies and a team-best five Eagles on the year … Holds a 316-236-27 record on the year.
Danna is in her third year at the helm of the FGCU men’s golf program after leading the Eagles to a second-place finish at the 2021 ASUN Championship en route to being named the program’s first-ever ASUN Coach of the Year. One of the best turnarounds in NCAA history saw the Green and Blue, led by Van Holmgren who became the first player to earn PING All-Region honors, jump from No. 257 in the final 2019-20 GolfStat.com rankings to a then program-best 65 to close out 2020-21. The Eagles set a new program-best during the 2022 season at No. 47 in the GolfStat.com rankings. This season, FGCU continued to be ranked as a top-50 program throughout the season while picking up wins at the Coral Creek Invitational and the Auburn Intercollegiate. The Eagles currently hold the program’s best-ever scoring average at 286.80 (0.80 vs. par) and have set program records for birdies (508), par 3 scoring (3,107), and par 4 scoring (4.1256) this season under Danna’s coaching.
The Eagles will open the ASUN Championship this Sunday through Tuesday, April 24-26, at the UGA Golf Club in Athens, Ga. Live scoring for each round will be available through www.GolfStat.com.
2022 ASUN Men’s Golf Postseason Honors
Golfer of the Year: Nick Gabrelcik, North Florida
Freshman of the Year: Jason Duff, North Florida
Coach of the Year: Andrew DannaFGCU
ASUN First Team All-Conference
Nick Gabrelcik * #, North Florida, So., Trinity, Fla.
Robbie Higgins *, North Florida, So., Bradenton, Fla.
Austin CherichellaFGCU, So., Orlando, Fla.
Kieran Vincent #, Liberty, Sr., Harare, Zimbabwe
Austin Duncan, Liberty, Gr., York, SC
ASUN Second Team All-Conference
Frankie Capan III#, FGCU, Jr., North Oaks, Minn.
Pierre ViallaneixFGCU, Jr., Apopka, Fla.
Jon HopkinsFGCU, Jr., Stortford, England
Alexandre Vandermoten, Jacksonville, Jr., Baillargues, France
Jonathan Yaun #, Liberty, Jr., Minneola, Fla.
ASUN All-Freshmen Team
Jason Duff, North Florida, Elkton, Fla.,
Filip Raza *, Jacksonville, Teplice, Czech Republic
Alejandro Rodriguez *, Lipscomb, Alicante, Spain
Lucas FalloticoFGCU, Cernusco sul Naviglo, Italy
Cooper Smith, North Florida, Tampa, Fla.
* – Denotes unanimous selection
# – Denotes a two-time selection to the All-Conference Team
2022 ASUN Conference All-Academic Team
Austin Duncan, Liberty (4.00 | Gr. | York, SC | Cyber Security)
Willis Gaer, Eastern Kentucky (4.00 | Sr. | Des Moines, Iowa | Business Administration)
Jon HopkinsFGCU (3.79 | Jr. | Stortford, England | Management)
Isaac Simmons, Liberty (3.84 | So. | Huddleston, Va. | Business Administration)
Frankie Wade #, North Alabama (4.00 | Sr. | Hoover, Ala. | Business Administration)
# – Denotes a two-time selection to the All-Academic Team
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Danna is in her third year at the helm of the FGCU men’s golf program after leading the Eagles to a second-place finish at the 2021 ASUN Championship and being named the program’s first-ever ASUN Coach of the Year. One of the best turnarounds in NCAA history saw the Green and Blue, led by Van Holmgren who became the first player to earn PING All-Region honors, jump from No. 257 in the final 2019-20 GolfStat.com rankings to a then program-best 65 to close out 2020-21. The Eagles set a new program-best during the 2022 season at No. 47 in the GolfStat.com rankings. Holmgren won the ASUN Championship individual title to qualify for the NCAA Regionals. Before taking over in Fort Myers, they served the 2018-19 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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