Trio of Eagles Set to Compete at The 127th British Amateur Golf Championship -

Trio of Eagles Set to Compete at The 127th British Amateur Golf Championship

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A trio of FGCU men’s golfers will compete in the 127th British Amateur Championship which is set to begin Monday morning at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England. Lucas Fallotico (Italy), Jon Hopkins (England), and Pierre Viallaneix (France) are set to begin play on Monday on the St. Annes Old Links course.
Coverage of the event, which runs June 13-17, will be available on Sky Sports and YouTube Live with live scoring available through
Fallotico will tee off at 6:07 AM ET (11:07 AM BST), Hopkins will begin at 9:02 AM ET (2:02 PM BST), and Viallaneix will start at 9:26 AM ET (2:26 PM BST).

Last season, Hopkins advanced through stroke play after shooting 74 in the first round and 69 in the second. He fell in the opening round of match play, 3&1, in Nairn, Scotland.
This will mark the third time Hopkins has competed in The Amateur and the first for Fallotico and Viallaneix.
The trio were integral in helping the men’s golf program reach its first-ever NCAA Tournament this past spring as the first-ever FGCU program to reach the postseason as an at-large team. Viallaneix finished third on the team with a 72.39 (0.97 vs Par) scoring average followed by Fallotico (73.14, 1.57 vs Par), and Hopkins (72.94, 1.58 vs Par).
The British Amateur Championship is one of the biggest and most prestigious amateur events in the world. The winner secures exemptions into The British Open Championship, The U.S. Open, and by tradition, an invitation to play in the Masters Tournament.

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Danna is in his third year at the helm of the men’s golf program with the Eagles earning FGCU’s first-ever NCAA Tournament at-large berth in department history during the 2022 season. He has led the Eagles to second-place finishes 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 turnarounds in NCAA history saw the Green and Blue, led by Van Holmgren who became the first player to earn PING All-Region honors, jump from No. 257 in the final 2019-20 rankings to a then program-best 65 to close out 2020-21. The Eagles set a new program-best during the 2022 season at No. 47 in the rankings. Holmgren won the ASUN Championship individual title to qualify for the NCAA Regionals. Before taking over in Fort Myers, he served the 2018-19 season as the assistant at LSU. Prior to that he was the ultra-successful head coach for six years at Lynn University where he led them to the 2018 NCAA Division II national championship and was, subsequently, chosen the David Williams National Coach of the Year. He also led the Fighting Knights to three national runner-up placements, with a third and eighth place finish in his other two seasons.



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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 92 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 10 plus seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 45 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to earn at at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. Eight FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) as four of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 25 consecutive semesters. The past five semesters (Fall 2019 – Fall 2021) each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA in each. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.




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