Former Knights Reach Final LPGA Qualifying Stage

Oct. 14, 2013

Stephanie Connelly

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By Andy Seeley

ORLANDO, Fla. ( – Two former UCF women’s golfers are one step away from realizing a dream and attaining Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) membership. Stephanie Connelly and Carolin Pinegger have each moved on from the second qualifying stage to the third and final stage of LPGA Qualifying School.

Pinegger and Connelly took part in the second stage qualifying tournament, which wrapped up Friday, at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla. Both former Knights put together four-round scores of 293 (+5) and tied for 71st in the event to move on in Qualifying School.

Connelly put together scores of 70 (-2), 78 (+6), 74 (+2) and 71 (-1) to account for her final tally. Pinegger fired rounds of 74 (+2), 73 (+1), 71 (-1) and 75 (+3) to move into the final stage.

Connelly finished 11th at the NCAA Championship during her senior season in 2009. She was the runner-up at the NCAA Regional that season and was a two-time All-Conference USA selection during her career as a Knight. She led UCF with a 75.9 scoring average during her final year with the squad.

Pinegger served as a team captain for the Knights in 2012-13. She was a first-team All-C-USA selection in 2010 and a second-team All-C-USA choice in 2012. She put together five top-10 finishes throughout her four-year UCF career.

By virtue of their finishes in LPGA Qualifying School, both former Knights receive Symetra Tour status. The Symetra Tour, known as the Road to the LPGA, is the LPGA’s official developmental tour. The third and final stage of LPGA Qualifying School is slated for Dec. 4-8 at the LPGA International Golf Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.



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