Men’s golf returns to Tar Heel state for Old Town Collegiate
FORT MYERS, Florida. – FGCU men’s golf will compete in its second fall event beginning Monday at Old Town Collegiate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The two-day event (September 25-26) hosted by No. 19 Wake Forest will take place at the Old Town Club, a par-70, 6,966-yard course. Thirty-six holes are scheduled for Monday’s action with the final round of 18 scheduled for Tuesday.
Eleven programs will compete in the Tar Heel State, including four Power Five opponents. The field also includes three top-55 programs and one top-25 nationally ranked team.
Austin Cherichella (Orlando, Florida), Lucas Fallotico (Italy), Jon Hopkins (England), Cooper Hrabak (Medina, Ohio) and Pierre Viallaneix (Apopka Fla.) will represent the Eagles’ starting lineup. Thomas Salanito will compete as an individual for the Greens and Blues.
FGCU tee times are scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. on holes 11-15.
Last time out, FGCU recorded an eighth-place finish at the Rod Myers Invitational team event. The Greens and Blues posted a three-round team score of 877, beating #45 Missouri by a stroke. The Eagles also outranked opponents Power Five, Virginia Tech and Penn State.
Fallotico paced all of the Eagles as they tied for eighth behind a 2-under-par effort (214). Fallotico was just one position away from matching a career-best result.
Cherichella finished tied for 17th, 1 above (217).
Collegiate of the old town:
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Par 70, 6,966 yards
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Hosted by Wake Forest
#47 Charleston College
#44 South Georgia
#65 Kansas State
#19 Wake Forest
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