Samantha Vodry Leads After Career Low Round in Scottsdale

Samantha Vodry Leads After Career Low Round in Scottsdale

Low scores were being posted left and right during the first round of the Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic, with 73 players breaking par on the day and 14 players signing for rounds of 66 or better. The new host venue, TPC Scottsdale – Champions Course, is the third straight week the field has seen a true desert golf course, and the scores are starting to reflect the comfort the players are feeling.

Samantha Vodry came in with the lowest round of her Epson Tour career, a 9-under 63 that puts her on the top of the leaderboard by one shot. Vodry started off her day the best way possible, making an eagle on her opening hole and following it up immediately with two more birdies. She rolled in three more birdies on her front nine to post a 7-under 29 and saw two more birdies drop before her first and only bogey of the day on the par 3 15th. The setback was just a minor one however, with the 26-year-old finishing her round with a birdie to complete the best 18 holes of golf she has ever played.

Vodry has struggled early in her 2024 Epson Tour campaign, only making one cut in the first five events where she finished T43. With the Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic being one of two 72-hole events of the season, she knows this week is more of a marathon than a sprint and is just taking it all in.

“Obviously got off to a hot start with the eagle on the first, and then kind of just carried that momentum. Had a couple birdies following that. So that was a good start. Didn't really start to get nervous until number nine but salvaged a good par there and then kind of kept it going in the back,” explained Vodry. “Obviously it's a long haul. So, you got to stay patient. And I mean, it's day by day and, just trying to enjoy the scenes and stay calm and patient.”

Sitting one shot behind Vodry are Dana Fall and Riley Renell at 8-under. Fall had a tremendous round, teeing it up on her final hole, No. 9 at 10-under. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas alum carded an unfortunate double bogey to close out her round but remains in contention heading into the second round. Renell also had a great opening round with a clean scorecard. The 25-year-old went bogey-free, carding six birdies and a lone eagle on No. 8.

“I couldn't get the putts to fall early, which is kind of crazy,” said Renell. “I lipped out two like 360 putts and I was like, ‘oh my gosh.’ I had good like 12-inch speed but couldn't get those to quite fall. And I had 30 or 31 putts today. So, it's not like I putted great. I hit all the par fives in two and made an eagle on one of them it and was a bogey free round. So, it was a good day.”

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