Sam O'Dell Defends Title at West Virginia Mid-Am
09 Aug 2017
by Yianni Gogonas of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for West Virginia Mid-Amateur, Pete Dye Golf Club, Sam O'Dell Rankings

Sam O'Dell (photo courtesy of Charleston Gazette)
Sam O'Dell (photo courtesy of Charleston Gazette)

BRIDGEPORT, West Virginia (August 10, 2017) -- Sam O’Dell wrapped up an impressive week in West Virginia with a successful attempt at retaining his title as the West Virginia Mid-Amateur Champion.

After posting a 2-under-par 70 in his qualifying round at West Virginia’s famed Pete Dye Golf Club, O’Dell would play his way through a total of five matches on his way to the trophy winning the last by a total of 3 & 2 over Philip Reale.

In the championship match, O'Dell drew first blood, making a birdie on the par-4 second hole to take a lead that he would build on with birdies on Nos. 6 and 7.

Reale made a birdie on 15 to get within two with three to go, but O’Dell managed to hit a 70-foot birdie bomb on the 247-yard par-3 3rd hole, ending Reale’s hopes at a comeback.

This Mid-Amateur win is the second state title this year for Sam O’Dell, who took home his third West Virginia State Amateur Championship in June.

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Entries are open to male amateur golfers with an active GHIN Handicap index through a WVGA Member Club, and who are 25 years of age or older by the first round of Championship. The championship will be 18 holes of stroke play qualifying followed by match play with the field being cut to the low 32 players.

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