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Samantha Vodry leads after a career low round in Scottsdale

Low scores were scored 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 posting rounds of 66 or better. The new host venue, TPC Scottsdale – Champions Course, marks the third week in a row that the field has seen a true desert golf course, and the scores are starting to reflect the comfort players are feeling.

Samantha Vodry came in with the lowest round of her Epson Tour career, a 9-under 63, which puts her one stroke atop the leaderboard. Vodry started her day in the best way possible, making an eagle on her opening hole and immediately following it up with two more birdies. She added three more birdies on her front nine to post a 7-under 29 and saw two more birdies fall before her first and only bogey of the day at the par-3 15th. However, the setback was only minor: the 26-year-old ended her round with a birdie, completing the best 18 holes of golf she has ever played.

Vodry has struggled early in her 2024 Epson Tour campaign, scoring just once 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 she’s just taking it all in.

“I obviously got off to a hot start with the eagle on the first, and then just carried that momentum over. A few more birdies followed. So that was a good start. “I didn’t really start to get nervous until number nine, but I managed to save a good par there and then kind of kept things going at the back,” Vodry explained. “It’s clearly a long-term matter. So you have to remain patient. And I mean, it’s day by day and I’m just trying to enjoy the scenes and stay calm and patient.

One shot behind Vodry are Dana Fall and Riley Renell at 8 under. Fall had a great round, finishing her final hole at No. 9 at 10 under. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas alum suffered an unfortunate double bogey to end 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 and carded six birdies and a lone eagle at No. 8.

“I couldn’t get the putts to fall early, which is kind of crazy,” Renell said. “I made two of like 360 ​​putts and I was like, ‘oh my God.’ I got about 12 inches of speed, but couldn’t drop it all the way. And I had 30 or 31 putts today. So it’s not like I did a great job. I hit all the par fives in half and made an eagle on one of them and it was a bogey-free round. So it was a good day.”

Fans around the world can follow the tournament closer than usual via live streaming thanks to GKLive.TV. The broadcast will include numbers 16-18 on Saturday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET and Sunday from 5:00 PM ET until the end of the tournament. The tournament can be viewed at, with a replay at the next week.


Samantha Vodry signed for a 9-under 62 to lead after 18 holes at the Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic

  • Vodry made eight birdies, an eagle and a bogey in her opening round
    • She shot a 7-under 29 on the front nine of TPC Scottsdale – Champions Course
  • The 26-year-old is in her second season on the Epson Tour
    • She made five starts this season, including one
      • She finished T43 at the 2024 Atlantic Beach Classic
  • Her round of 9 under is her best score on the Epson Tour by four shots
  • This is the first time she has held the opening lap lead in an Epson Tour event


Riley Rennell And Dana Val both shot an 8-under 64 in their first round and are tied for second place

Riley Rennell

  • Rennell has played 14 events on the LPGA Tour and 39 events on the Epson Tour in her career
    • Her best career finish on both tours was a second-place finish at the 2022 Epson Tour Championship
  • The Tennessee native went bogey-free in her opening round
    • The round included 6 birdies and an eagle
  • She made her professional debut when she was just 18 years old

Dana Val

  • Fall made nine birdies and zero bogeys in her first round
    • She shot a 6-under 29 on the back nine
  • The 31-year-old has made 110 LPGA Tour starts and 35 Epson Tour starts in her eight-year career
    • Her T11 finish at the 2019 ShopRite LPGA Classic is her best career finish on the LPGA Tour
    • She won the 2016 Dream First Bank Charity Classic on the Epson Tour
  • Fall also has 12 top 10 finishes on the Epson Tour
  • The Arizona native will make her first appearance at the Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic this year

Alana Uriell starts her tournament at 2-under 69 and is T38

  • Uriell made a hole-in-one on the par-3 15th during her first round
    • It was her sixth career hole-in-one
  • The 27-year-old has made three cuts in five starts during her 2024 campaign
    • Her best finish is T22 at Florida’s Natural Charity Classic
  • Since her rookie season in 2019, she has played in 62 LPGA Tour events
    • Her best finish on the LPGA Tour was a T9 finish at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic
  • Uriell has five top-10 finishes on the Epson Tour, including a win at the 2019 SKYiGOLF Championship


Kendra Dalton (-7, T4) at 7-under opening round:

“I felt like I did well. I feel like the course is pretty easy off the tee, just tight. But the green complexes are a bit funny. Some of you really want to be in the right place, and I feel like I did a good job today just missing being in the right place and putting myself in the right place. While I was playing I was like, man, people are going low. So if you drive well here, you can really score.”

Ruixin Liu (-7, T4) on the competition currently competing on the Epson Tour:

“The scores clearly show how good the tour is right now, and I’m just super happy to see the competition here and, you know, to be a part of that. It’s just really heartwarming because you know, I graduated here twice and you know, to see the girls doing so well here, it’s just amazing.

Kate Smith-Stroh (-6, T8) on having a childhood friend caddy for her on her way to the West Coast:

‘Today I got my friend Hunter on the bag. He grew up with me in Minnesota, and yes, we do the whole West Coast swing together. It’s kind of fun to be able to compare numbers and really, you know, improve as we complete this west coast swing.