FORT MYERS, Florida. – The FGCU Men’s Golf Team will host the first-ever Coral Creek Club Invitational next Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 28-March 28. 1, at the Coral Creek Club in Placida, Florida. The event will be highlighted by 12 of the top 100 teams, including five of the top 50 programs, competing in the 54-hole tournament.

“We are excited about this event as we play close to home at the Coral Creek Club in Placida and experience some of the best teams in the country in Southwest Florida,” the head coach said. Andre Danna. “We look forward to representing our university, our program, and Southwest Florida next week.”

The event is free to spectators and is located at 13111 Gasparilla Road in Placida. The club offers a world-class course designed by Tom Fazio which was completely refreshed during the summer of 2020 under the direction of the Fazio Design Group.

The course will play as a par 71 with 7,143 yards for the tournament which begins at 8:15 a.m. Monday with a shotgun start.

The Eagles enter their home tournament ranked No. 67 nationally after a sixth-place finish at the Gator Invitational two weeks ago that saw the FGCU pick up wins over No. 23 LSU, No. 24 Liberty, No. 42 Missouri, No. 59 UCF, No. 75 West Virginia, and No. 78 Penn State. Jon Hopkins tied for 10and in total with a total of 54 holes of 208 which had two rounds in the 60s.

Pierre Viallaneix leads the Eagles through six tournaments with an average of 72.28 followed by Hopkins (72.67), and Austin Cherichella (72.83).

FGCU composition:

1 – Jon Hopkins

2 – Austin Cherichella

3 – Pierre Viallaneix

4 – Frankie Capan III

5 – Brady Madsen

Individual – Lucas Fallotico

Individual – Thomas Salanito

Coral Creek Club Invitational Land

#66 UCF
#67 FGCU

#108 Illinois State
#91 Jacksonville
#188 Kennesaw State
#40 Kent State
#47 Freedom
#110 Lip Comb
#38 North Florida
#124 North Texas
#100 Southern Alabama
#27 South Florida
#18 Texas A&M
#84 Toledo

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Danna is in his third year at the helm of the FGCU men’s golf program after leading the Eagles to a second-place finish in the 2021 ASUN Championship. One of the best turnarounds in NCAA history saw the greens and blue, led by Van Holmgren who became the first player to earn PING All-Region honors, goes from No. 257 in the final 2019-20 rankings to a program best 65 to close 2020-21. Before taking over at Fort Myers, he served the 2018-19 season as an assistant at LSU. Previously, he was the ultra-successful head coach for six years at the University of Lynn, where he led them to the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2018 and was later chosen the national coach of the David Williams year. He also led the Fighting Knights to three national runners-up spots, with third- and eighth-place finishes in his other two seasons.

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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 87 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles have brought together 43 teams or individuals competing in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs ranked in the top 25 nationally in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (#25, 2021-22), beach volleyball (#20, 2021) and men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s football. (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Vert et Bleu posted the department’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and Florida State’s top seven teams won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progression in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 classroom GPA in the fall 2020 semester and outperformed the general undergraduate college population for 24 consecutive semesters. The Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 semesters each saw another milestone achieved, with all 15 programs achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or higher in each. The Eagles also served an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.