Eagles Finish Fourth At Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, Viallaneix Posts Top-Five Effort

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. – FGCU Men’s Golf battled back to finish fourth at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate Tuesday.

“Coach Schultz and I are really proud of our team,” head coach Andrew Danna said. “It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for our team. They worked really hard and stayed patient this week. We look forward to taking the positive momentum we gained from this tournament into our next event in a couple weeks.”

FGCU ended day one (Sunday) of the three-day tournament 12th overall. On Monday, the Eagles posted the second lowest team round, an 11-under 277, to tie for seventh. The Green and Blue continued to climb three more spots for a season-best and a top-five team finish (-10, 854). Cincinnati took home the team title at 30-under (834).

Pierre Viallaneix (Apopka, Fla.) placed tied for fourth on the player leaderboard behind a valiant 9-under-par effort. His 207 three-round score tied the 10th lowest 54-hole total in program history. Viallaneix carded two rounds in the 60s, including tying a career-low round of 66 on Monday. Heading into Tuesday’s final round, he led the tournament field by two strokes.

Viallaneix would card 1-over 73 to end his outing, while Kieron van Wyk went on to capture the individual crown by shooting back-to-back rounds in the mid-60’s, 65 and 66, to enter the clubhouse at 13-under ( 203).

As a team, FGCU dominated the par-5s by tallying a combined 24-under-par score on such holes.

Cooper Hrabak (Medina, Ohio) also made a charge up the leaderboard for a top-20 and a season-best finish, leading the Eagle starting five in made pars (36). Entering Tuesday, he sat tied for 40th but shot a final-round 69 to finish tied for 19th and 2-under-par.

Hrabak was one of three Eagles to finish at or under par for the tournament. Lucas Fallotico (Italy) placed tied for 29th with an even-par showing.

Sam Baker (Cloquet, Minn.) sank 12 birdies to highlight his effort, while Austin Cherichella (Orlando, Fla.) cashed in on an eagle.

FGCU will hit the links one final time this fall season at the Daniel Island Intercollegiate hosted by Charleston Southern on Oct. 30-Nov. 1 from Daniel Island, South Carolina.

EAGLE STARTING FIVE
Q4 Pierre Viallaneix 68-66-73 | -9 | 207
T19 Cooper Hrabak 74-71-69 | -2 | 214

T29 Lucas Fallotico 77-68-71 | It’s | 216
T50 Austin Cherichella 75-76-70 | +5 | 221
T56 Sam Baker 77-72-73 | +6 | 222

TEAM LEADERBOARD
1 Cincinnati -30 | 279-282-273 | 834
2 Missouri -26 | 284-275-279 | 838
3 ETSU -20 | 277-282-285 | 844
4 FGCU -10 | 294-277-283 | 854
5 Georgia Southern -9 | 279-280-296 | 855
6 Furman -6 | 286-282-290 | 858
7 Charlotte -1 | 288-284-291 | 863
8 College of Charleston E | 287-284-293 | 864
T9 MTSU +1 | 286-284-295 | 865
T9 Kent State +1 | 292-287-286 | 865
11 Toledo +7 | 296-280-295 | 871
August 12 +12 | 286-296–294 | 876
T13 Coastal Carolina +16 | 298-294-288 | 880
T13 Virginia Tech +16 | 293-293-294 | 880
15 Georgia State +29 | 301-298-294 | 893

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