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West Virginia Amateur<br>Leader Sam O'Dell
West Virginia Amateur
Leader Sam O'Dell
WHITE SULFUR SPRINGS, West Virginia (May 27, 2015) -- After a white-hot 66 with seven birdies and an eagle in his first round, Hurricane's Sam O'Dell shot even-par 70 in the second round of the West Virginia Amateur. It took an eagle on the par-5, 572-yard 17th and birdie on 18 to finish even after bogeys on 4,14 and 16 on Greenbrier's Old White TPC Course. O'Dell, the 2013 Champion, now has a six shot lead over Alan Cooke.

Cooke shot 75 on the day after shooting -5 on the par-72 Greenbrier course Wednesday. He stands at even par for the tournament and in second place, one shot clear of Thadd Obecny II and Christian Casingal.

In Wednesday's first round, the young Cooke did something most golfers never do in their entire life. He made two eagles in the same round, on the par-5 8th and 12th holes. Thursday, however, he managed just two birdies, both coming on the back side of the Old White on the par-4 10th and par-5 12th.

Cooke, a former Parkersburg High standout who will transfer to WVU from University South Carolina Beaufort this fall, had two eagles and was a stroke back at 5-under 67 after the first round. (An interesting side note -- Cooke will be playing at a university that hasn't had a varsity program in 30 years.)

Also in the field is a 13-time champion, Pat Carter. He's posted scores of 76 and 73, 13 shots off the lead after two rounds.

(previously reported)

Sam O'Dell didn't let a double bogey on the second hole deter him in yesterday's first round of the West Virginia Amateur. In fact, since he birdied the first hole he was only 1-under at the time, and after a bounce-back birdie on the 3rd hole O'Dell got back to right where he started, even par.

From there, O'Dell (Hurricane) carded 5 more birdies and an eagle at the 490-yard par 5 8th hole to shoot 6-under 66 and lead by one over Alan Cooke. O'Dell won the title in 2013.

As for Cooke, he did something most golfers never do in their entire life. He made two eagles in the same round, on the par-5 8th and 12 holes.

Cooke, a former Parkersburg High standout who will transfer to WVU from University South Carolina Beaufort this fall, had two eagles and was a stroke back at 5-under 67. (An interesting side note -- Cooke will be playing at a university that hasn't had a varsity program in 30 years.)

Also in the field is a 13-time champion, Pat Carter. He's posted scores of 76 and 73, 13 shots off the lead after two rounds.

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