Fuss, Vodry lead High Point Women’s Golf in Pinehurst

• Senior Danielle Fuss and freshman Samantha Vodry tied for the team lead with a two-day total of 224
• Vodry’s 224 marked the best 54-hole showing of her career
• The Panthers are back in action Oct. 21-23 at the Blue Hen Invitational

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Senior Danielle Fuss and freshman Samantha Vodry posted matching 54-hole scores to lead the High Point University women’s golf team at the Pinehurst Challenge Tuesday.

Behind their efforts, the Panthers posted a three-round cumulative score of 911 (306-298-307) to finish the tournament 15th amongst an excellent field.

“One of the biggest positives we can take from this week is the ability to avoid big scores,” head coach Alexis Bennett said. “We’ve almost eliminated 80 from our vocabulary. Given we had only one round above 79 this week, we’re really close to where we want to be.”

Vodry registered the best 54-hole total of her young High Point career on the Pinehurst No. 1 course, firing a combined score of 224 (75-73-76) to finish t-31st. The Mooresville, N.C., product enjoyed a nice stretch Tuesday in which she made two birdies in three holes, ultimately playing the front nine in 1-under par 34. On the week, she aggressively took advantage of the par-5 holes, playing them in a combined 4-under par.

Senior Danielle Fuss made three birdies in her final round while shooting 77. She finished the tournament with a 54-hole total of 224 (74-73-77) and led the field in par-5 scoring (-6, 4.33 average).

Freshman Tonrak Tasaso finished just two strokes behind the HPU leaders, registering a total of 226 (75-75-76) to place t-41st. The 226 matched her best 54-hole output of the 2016-17 season thus far.

Wrapping up the High Point contingent, junior Cayla Smith shot a final round 78 and finished t-84th with a combined score of 237 (82-77-78). Smith finished her third round in strong fashion, registering seven pars in her last eight holes.

East Carolina won the event (861), followed by Auburn (868), Maryland (881), College of Charleston (887) and Samford (888).

The Panthers are back in action in two weeks at the Blue Hen Invitational Oct. 21-23 in Rehoboth, Del.