Oct. 26—HIGH POINT — A former High Point University golfer can still pursue her dream of earning LPGA Tour status next month.
Samantha Vodry, who played for HPU from 2016-21 and competed on the Epsom Tour this year, advanced to the final stage of LPGA qualifying by finishing in a tie for 15th in the 72-hole second stage last week in Venice, Florida.
She shot 65-75-70-73 for a total of 5-under-par 283, three strokes under the 282 needed to advance into the final stage by finishing among the top 40 and ties.
The 108-hole last stage, called the Q Series, is scheduled Nov. 30-Dec. 5 at the Magnolia Grove Golf Course in Mobile, Alabama. The top 20 and ties will earn status on the LPGA Tour, finishers 21-45 earn status on the LPGA and Epson Tours and those finishing outside the top 45 will have status on the Epson Tour only. The top 45 finishers and ties will also receive prize money from a $150,000 purse.
Another former HPU golfer, 2023 Big South champion Sarah Kahn, failed to advance out of Stage I. Kahn, who was honored last week as one of the Big South Women of the Year selections for 2022-23, plans to play on the some of the mini-tours and the Epson Tour next year.
ASHEVILLE — High Point defeated host UNC Asheville 2-0 on Wednesday and locked up the No.3 seed in the upcoming Big South women's soccer tournament.
Skyler Prillaman Shults scored in the 10th minute and Meg Roden in the 23rd minute for the Panthers in their regular-season finale at Greenwood Soccer Field. Shults and Megan Garmey had assists.
The top four in the final standings qualified for the conference tournament, which is scheduled Nov. 2 and Nov. 5 at the SportsPlex in Matthews. HPU (6-4-7 overall) finished 4-1-3 in the league and earned the No. 3 seed with 15 points in a system that awards three points for a win and one for a tie.
The Panthers needed a win to be assured of finishing ahead of Charleston Southern and Longwood. Charleston Southern wound up as the No. 4-seed at 4-2-2 and 14 points. HPU would have finished with 13 points with a tie against Asheville.
Longwood could have also finished 4-2-2 with a win over Presbyterian but tied the Blue Hose and finished fifth at 3-2-3 and 12 points.
HPU will face No. 2 seed USC Upstate in the semifinals. Upstate, which defeated HPU 1-0 in the regular season, went 6-2 and finished second with 18 points.
Radford finished first in the league as it went 6-1-1 for 19 points. The Highlanders will face Charleston Southern in the semifinals. Radford defeated the Bucs 1-0 in the regular season.