Capan shoots 70 to highlight NCAA Regional second round

COLUMBUS, OHIOFrankie Capan III posted an under-70 on Tuesday to mark the second round of the FGCU men’s golf team at the NCAA Columbus Regional at Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course. The Eagles stay in 12and place after cutting four strokes off their first-round score, giving them a total of 592 over 36 holes.

Austin Cherichella remains the best individual for FGCU after shooting 73 for the second day in a row, giving him a two-round score of 146 tied for 31st globally. Capan is now tied for 44and just one shot behind Cherichella.

“We were a little inefficient today, but we still have 18 holes tomorrow,” the head coach said. Andre Danna. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to go into the final round and hopefully move up the ranks.”

Round three will start on Wednesday morning with the start of the FGCU on No. 10 from 8:25. Live statistics will be available on www.GolfStat.com.

2-seeded and No. 2-ranked Oklahoma State and No. 11 Georgia Tech are tied for first (561) as the only two teams to shoot under par (-7). The Yellow Jackets shot 13 under in the second round. Ohio State (574) is third, while East Tennessee State (576) is currently in fifth place. The top five teams from the Regional Rounds and the top person not on one of those teams will advance to the NCAA Championship at Grayhawk Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Pierre Viallaneix and Brady Madsen are tied 56and (149) and 60and (150), respectively.

Capan’s day was marked by 13 consecutive holes at par while closing the round with back-to-back birdies on No. 8 and No. 9. The effort cut seven strokes from his Monday round. After opening with bogeys on the first two holes of the day, Cherichella even topped the next 16, including a birdie on No. 13.

FGCU range:

T31 – Austin Cherichella – 73-73 – 146
T44 – Frankie Capan III – 77-70 – 147
T56 – Pierre Viallaneix – 74-75 – 149
T60 – Brady Madsen – 74-76 – 150
T74- Jon Hopkins – 80-81 – 161

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T1. #2 Oklahoma State – 280-281 – 561
T1. #11 Georgia Tech – 290-271 – 561
3. #35 Ohio State – 290-284 – 574
4. #23 Clemson – 289-286 – 575
5. #30 East Tennessee State – 286-290 – 576
T6. #14 Arkansas – 292-286 – 578
T6. #61San Francisco – 288-290 – 578
8. #41 Duke – 290-289 – 579
T9. #44 Northwest – 295-289 – 584
T9. #89 Wright State – 297-287 – 584
11. #65 Kentucky – 294-291 – 585
12. #51 Florida Gulf Coast – 298-294 – 592

13. #151 Southern Illinois – 307-307 – 614

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Danna is in his third year leading the men’s golf program with the Eagles who won the first-ever FGCU NCAA Tournament in department history during the 2022 season. He led the Eagles to second place at the 2021 and 2022 ASUN Championships and was named the program’s first-ever ASUN Coach of the Year (2021) and repeated in 2022. One of the best turnovers in NCAA history saw the green and Blue, led by Van Holmgren who became the first player to earn PING All-Region honors, moves from No. 257 in the 2019-20 GolfStat.com Final Rankings to a then-best 65 program to close 2020-21. The Eagles set a new program record in the 2022 season at No. 47 in the GolfStat.com rankings. Holmgren won the individual ASUN Championship title to advance to NCAA Regionals. 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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