The trio of eagles set to compete in the 127th British Amateur Golf Championship
FORT MYERS, Florida. – A trio of FGCU male golfers will compete in the 127e British Amateur Championship due to start on Monday morning at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England. Lucas Fallotico (Italy), Jon Hopkins (England), and Pierre Viallaneix (France) are scheduled to begin play on the St. Annes Old Links course on Monday.
Coverage of the event, which runs from June 13-17, will be available on Sky Sports and YouTube Live with live scores available at https://www.randa.org.
Fallotico will start at 4:07 p.m. ET (11:07 a.m. BST), Hopkins will start at 7:02 p.m. ET (2:02 p.m. BST) and Viallaneix will start at 7:26 p.m. ET (2:26 p.m.). TSB).
Last season, Hopkins progressed in stroke play after shooting 74 in the first round and 69 in the second. He fell in the first round of match play, 3&1, in Nairn, Scotland.
This will be Hopkins’ third time on The Amateur and the first for Fallotico and Viallaneix.
The trio played a vital role in helping the men’s golf program reach its first-ever NCAA tournament last spring as the first-ever FGCU program to reach the playoffs as an all-around team. Viallaneix finished third on the team with an average of 72.39 (0.97 against Par), followed by Fallotico (73.14, 1.57 against Par) and Hopkins (72.94, 1.58 against Par). the by).
The British Amateur Championship is one of the largest and most prestigious amateur events in the world. The winner gets byes for the British Open Championship, the US Open and, by tradition, an invitation to play in the Masters Tournament.
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