Wildcats on course for the future
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

Wildcats on course for the future

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    Lake Norman girls golf coach Carol Godby.
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    Samantha Vodry
  • More information All-Mooresville News girls golf team Samantha Vodry, Lake Norman, Soph. – North Piedmont 3A-4A conference runner-up by a shot had a 37.5 average, finished tied for ninth at states with 157 (82-75), third at 4A West Regionals (78). Kathryn Carson, Lake Norman, Fr. – Freshman was impressive, finishing third in conference (39.13 average), tied for sixth at regionals, tied for 24th at states with 167 (87-80). Corrina Kissam, Mooresville, Sr. – Blue Devils standout was sixth in conference (43.25 average), shot 94 at regionals, 173 (86-87) at states. Ida Holmgaard, Mooresville, Jr. – Danish exchange student impressed, finishing 10th in conference in scoring average (46.0), carding a 94 at regionals, 186 (90-96) at states. Morgan Deal, South Iredell, Sr. – Vikings standout was seventh in conference in scoring (45.0), tied for 19th at regionals with 95, 189 (92-97) at 3A states. Kirby Guill, South Iredell, So. – Another big part of Vikings team, ninth in conference (45.88), shot 100 at regionals. Mary Prunier, North Lincoln, Jr. – Averaged 46.63 good for 11th in the NPC, shot 90 at regionals, 192 at 3A states (93-99).

When Carol Godby decided to take over Lake Norman High’s girls golf program a little more than two years ago, the school didn’t even have a team.

But in the last two years, Godby and the Wildcats have re-energized the girls’ team. They now have five players, including two of the state’s best talents in sophomore Samantha Vodry (ranked 36th in the state, according to juniorgolfscoreboard.com) and freshman Kathryn Carson (ranked 53rd).

Lake Norman finished second in the North Piedmont 3A-4A conference behind Alexander Central, sending Carson and Vodry to the regional and state meets.

“I feel like what we have done in the last two years is a big accomplishment,” said Godby, noting assistant coach Tom Carson (Kathryn’s dad) has also been a huge part of their success. “We needed to have this program. We wanted to give the girls the opportunity to play golf and even have a chance to potentially earn college scholarships.”

Meanwhile, Mooresville edged South Iredell by two shots for third place in the NPC season standings, while North Lincoln finished fifth in the team standings.

Mooresville News girls golf coach of the year: Carol Godby, Lake Norman

Godby has enjoyed the game of golf for most of her life as a player, as an 16-18 handicapper right now.

For the last two years, she has also gained a new appreciation for the game, leading Lake Norman’s girls golf team.

This season, Godby led the Wildcats to a runner-up finish in the conference. Next year, she hopes the team can qualify for regional and state competition.

With Carson and Vodry, two of the best players in the conference and state back next season, Lake Norman should be even better in 2014.

Mooresville News girls golfer of the year: Samantha Vodry, Lake Norman

Vodry had a breakout freshman season last year at Lake Norman, averaging a I-Meck 4A conference-best 38.8 strokes per nine holes while qualifying for the 4A West Regional (where she finished eighth) and the state championships.

But at the state tournament, held at Pinehurst No. 6 in brutal conditions because the remnants of Hurricane Sandy, Vodry didn’t play up to her standards, shooting 88-99 – 187 – to finish 46th overall.

This year, Vodry took her game to another level as she not only averaged 37.5 but ended the season strong with a third-place finish at the 4A West Regionals, carding a 78 and tying for ninth at the state finals with a 157 (82-75).

With two more years in high school and on the junior golf circuit, Vodry has an even brighter future on the golf course as Godby believes is a future Division I-level college golfer.

Jay Edwards is a freelance writer for the Lake Norman News. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at jedwardsjr23@gmail.com .

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