Wheeling’s Obecny Third at State Amateur


It was a wire to wire victory for Hurricane’s Sam O’Dell as he captured the 96th West Virginia Amateur Championship by a five shot margin of victory. Weather conditions could not have been more favorable; creating a backdrop worthy of a final round for the state’s premier amateur championship. Competing on the 7,042 yard Old White TPC Course players took charge at the 54-hole leader and managed to get within one shot of the lead before O’Dell caught fire on his closing holes and solidified his second West Virginia Amateur Championship (2013 & 2015).

Opening his final round with a birdie on the par-4 first hole, O’Dell looked to be running away with the tournament title before finding trouble on the fourth which resulted in a double-bogey. A bogey on the par-4 fifth and another double-bogey on the par-4 seventh brought several members of the field right back into the mix. After making birdie on the ninth hole, O’Dell started his back nine with a string of five straight pars but felt the pressure of fellow-competitor Christian Casingal as Casingal found himself within one of the lead after making birdies on holes eleven and twelve. After a Casingal bogey on the drivable par-4, fourteenth, O’Dell took control and proceeded to birdie three consecutive holes (15, 16, 17) increasing his lead back to five shots. On fifteen, O’Dell drained a speedy downhill 37 foot putt for birdie which began the streak. On sixteen, after a well-placed drive, O’Dell hit his approach to 8 feet and calmly rolled it in. Then on the par-5, seventeenth, O’Dell found himself in the left greenside bunker in two and got up and down for birdie to get him back to one-under par for the championship. After a par on the eighteenth, O’Dell officially claimed his second West Virginia Amateur Championship and an exemption into this year’s 2015 Greenbrier Classic.

Taking Low Junior honors was Christian Casingal of Charleston who also claimed runner-up for the championship. His tournament total of 288 was five shots behind winner Sam O’Dell and one shot ahead of Wheeling’s Thadd Obency II who claimed third.  Low Senior honors went to Steve Fox of Barboursville, a two time West Virginia Amateur Champion (1988, 1994), who posted a tournament total of 308.

Sam O’Dell, Hurricane, 66-70-77-70–283

Christian Casingal, Charleston, 72-71-75-70–288

Thadd Obecny II, Wheeling, 71-72-76-70–289

Davey Jude, Kermit, 73-71-74-72–290

Philip Reale II, South Charleston, 78-71-72-72–293

Alan Cooke, Vienna, 67-75-77-74–293

Alasdair Forsythe, Elkins, 74-72-74-76–296

Pat Carter, Huntington, 76-73-75-73–297

Jess Ferrell, Fairmont, 78-71-74-74–297

Chris Boyd, Charles Town, 74-73-78-73–298

Chris Williams, Scott Depot, 76-76-76-71–299

Colin Bowles, Oceana, 72-75-79-73–299

Joshua Arbaugh, Morgantown, 70-77-76-76–299

Will Evans, Charleston, 71-73-78-77–299

Tad Tomblin, Alum Creek, 71-77-83-70–301

Landon Perry, Huntington, 79-74-75-73–301

Jeremy Rogers, Buckhannon, 75-72-80-75–302

Jeff McGraw, Princeton, 74-76-79-74–303

Thomas Frazier, Huntington, 79-70-79-75–303

Zachary Baldwin, Barboursville, 75-70-86-73–304

Chad Baldwin, Green Bank, 75-76-80-74–305

Jeff Bryant, St Albans, 80-71-79-76–306

Tyler Boulware, Morgantown, 79-73-75-79–306

Cole Moore, Spencer, 81-75-77-74–307

Ryan Bashour, Morgantown, 80-76-76-76–308

Josh Holmes, Huntington, 78-76-77-77–308

Steve Fox, Barboursville, 78-74-79-77–308

Mason Williams, Bridgeport, 78-79-79-73–309

Bruce Wetherholt, Barboursville, 79-75-80-75–309

Cole Hand, Wheeling, 79-78-77-75–309

Evan Smith, Bluefield, 76-71-87-75–309

Harold Payne, Hurricane, 77-78-76-78–309

Pete Kurelac III, Moundsville, 82-75-79-74–310

Jeremy Vallet, Logan, 76-77-77-80–310

Michael Koreski, Parkersburg, 73-75-85-78–311

Aaron Boggs, Madison, 75-74-87-76–312

Mike Marrara, Morgantown, 82-75-77-78–312

Benjamin McMillion, Lewisburg, 81-76-81-75–313

Michael Mays, Beckley, 78-79-77-79–313

Steve Hussey, Washington, 78-73-81-81–313

Christopher Kroeger, Hurricane, 80-76-79-80–315

Trent Roush, Mason, 77-72-78-88–315

Chris Daniels, Beckley, 84-73-84-75–316

Steve Ross, Huntington, 80-73-87-77–317

Logan Lojszczyk, Follansbee, 79-77-82-79–317

Adam Sholes, Charleston, 77-80-80-80–317

Rico Simonetti, Wheeling, 80-75-83-79–317

Mitch Roush, Mason, 80-72-84-81–317

Richard Moore, Spencer, 78-78-82-80–318

Cory Hoshor, Buffalo, 76-77-90-81–324

Trenton McPherson, Morgantown, 80-76-88-83-327

John Fanta, Vienna, 78-76-91-86–331

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