WHITE SULFER SPRINGS (May 29, 2015) -- Sam O'Dell finished what he started, going wire-to-wire in winning the 2015 West Virginia Amateur Championship, his second in three years. A perennial top-10 finisher in the event -- held at the beautiful Greenbrier Resort. -- O'Dell also won the tournament in 2013.
After firing an opening-round 66 on the Greenbrier course, he shot rounds of 70, 77 and finished with a 70 on the Old White TPC course to take home the trophy. With the victory he earns an exemption to play with the pros in July's Greenbrier Classic.
O'Dell, a dentist from Hurricane, entered the final round with a five-shot lead, and after a birdie on the first hole his lead grew to six. Steady play from Charleston's Christian Casingal and a couple of double bogeys from O'Dell on 4 and 7 tightened the gap to only 2 strokes.
A birdie on the 9th and a hot finish with birdies on 15, 16 and 17 left no doubt that O'Dell would walk away with the victory.
Casingal shot a final round 70 to finish in second, five strokes behind the leader. Thadd Obecney II of Wheeling finished in third place at +5 and a 289 total for four rounds.
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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.
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