Frankie Capan III Named ASUN Golfer of the Week

FORT MYERS, Florida. – After a record-breaking performance to win the Auburn Tiger Invitational, FGCU’s Frankie Capan III was named ASUN Male Golfer of the Week on Thursday afternoon. Capan set a new 54-hole scoring record for the Eagles after shooting 197, the first tournament total under 200 in program history, and tied the program’s lowest score twice, helping the Verts et Bleus to win their second consecutive event.

“Frankie played an incredible tournament and was outstanding from start to finish,” the head coach said. Andre Danna. “He broke our 54-hole program record and I’m not sure he’ll be beaten again.”

It was Capan’s first weekly ASUN honor and second in a row for the Eagles. Last week, Austin Cherichella was ASUN Golfer of the Week after his performance in leading FGCU to the team title at the Coral Creek Club Invitational.

Capan shot 64 on Monday for the second straight round at the Grand National Lake Course. In his first career FGCU victory, Capan shot 197 for the three rounds that set the new program of 54 holes in total, while his second and third rounds of 64 tied the school record. His under-eight performances on Sunday and Monday also tied the program’s individual low round against par. Capan’s 197 was the first sub-200 performance in program history. Capan led the Eagles and the field with 17 birdies. Capan’s third round produced nine birdies, including four straight from the No. 1 through No. 4 holes. Overall, he made just one error with a bogey on the No. 7.

As a team, the FGCU won the tournament by 13 strokes overall and finished with a new program record of 54 holes overall of 832, going 32 under par overall. The previous tournament record for the Eagles was 837 in the 2012–13 Cobra Puma Invitational, which was 27 under par. For the Eagles, it was the second consecutive tournament victory of the season, making it the first time the FGCU had won multiple tag team titles in one season since 2017-18. Overall, it was the 13th season in program history to win multiple tournament titles since 2001-02.

For the season, Capan leads the Eagles with an average of 71.76 in seven tournaments played. He produced five total rounds in the 60s and finished par or better in nine for the season.

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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 and being named the program’s first-ever ASUN Coach of the Year. One of the best turnovers in NCAA history saw the greens and blues, led by Van Holmgren who became the first player to earn PING All-Region honors, moves from No. 257 in the 2019-20 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. 42 in the 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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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 89 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 10 seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles have brought together 43 teams or individuals competing in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have placed in the top 25 nationally in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (#20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (#20, 2022) 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 25 consecutive semesters. The past five semesters (Fall 2019 – Fall 2021) have each seen another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved 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.