Sam O'Dell one round from second West Virginia Amateur in three years
Samuel O'Dell
Samuel O'Dell

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.V. — Sam O'Dell of Hurricane is in good position to capture his second West Virginia Amateur title in the last three years despite shooting 77 in Thursday's third round of the 72 hole championship.

Scoring was difficult today as just one player, Philip Reale, shot even par. He is in seventh at a 7-over par.

O'Dell, a dentist, took a six-stroke lead into Thursday's third round but got off to a rough start with a triple bogey at the first hole. After going out in 41, O'Dell hung on to shoot 36 on the back nine and prevent his poor start from turning into a total disaster.

After 54-holes, the 2013 champ has a very comfortable five shot lead at 1-under. O'Dell posted rounds of 66-70 to open the tournament.

Keeping a steady pace, Davey Jude of Kermit moved up the leaderboard to tie for second place with Charleston’s Christian Casingal. Both players are at +4 going into Friday’s final round at the Old White Course, where Wednesday’s action took place.

Jude had an up-and-down day, but four birdies on the back nine helped him finish the day with a 74 on the par-72 course. Casingal managed just one birdie for the day, but was a par machine for most of the round.

Alan Cooke, who held second after the first two days, is now tied for fourth place with Thadd Obecny II, after shooting a third round 77.

Thunderstorms are expected for Friday's final round, but officials of the West Virginia Golf Association are hoping to get it in the books.


The West Virginia Amateur has been played since 1913 at various locations throughout the state. It found a home at the beautiful Greenbrier Resort in the early 1970s, utilizing two spectacular courses, The Greenbrier and The Old White TPC. The Greenbrier course played host to the 1979 Ryder Cup matches while the Old White TPC is home of the Greenbrier Classic PGA TOUR event.

ABOUT THE West Virginia Amateur

Must be a WVGA member, players who are not exempt must qualify at one of the six qualifying locations in May. Format is 72-holes of stroke play championship with the field cut to the low 48 players and ties at the completion of 36 holes.

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