WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Vienna golfer Alan Cooke could only admire what Sam O'Dell has accomplished at The Greenbrier Resort during the past three days of the 94th West Virginia Amateur.
O'Dell eagled two holes and shot a 3-under par 69 to extend his lead to nine strokes with one round remaining today at The Old White Course. The 35-year-old dentist from Hurricane is at 11-under for the tournament after shooting rounds of 68, 66 and 69.
Cooke played in O'Dell's threesome during the third round and remained in second place after carding a 2-over 74. The former Parkersburg High School product suffered through a pair of double-bogeys on the front nine before completing his day 3-under for the final seven holes.
Vienna’s Alan Cooke lines up a putt during the third round at the West Virginia Amateur. Cooke finished the day with a 2-over par 74.
"I three-putted the par 5 third hole after getting on the green in two, then I unloaded on a tee shot on the fifth hole which put me 220 yards from the hole but I tried to baby a hybrid and hit it into a hazard," Cooke said. "That was a killer, but I told myself there were a lot of holes left.
"I had a couple of long putts that I three-putted which is unacceptable, but I also made some putts I shouldn't have made."
With Cooke sitting at 2-under for the tournament, and White Sulphur Springs' David Dent at 1-under, only a major meltdown would prevent O'Dell from winning his first State Amateur championship.
W.Va. Amateur scores
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Third round scores Wednesday from the West Virginia Amateur at The Greenbrier course.
RESULTS (Par 72, 6,675 yards)
Sam O'Dell, Hurricane 68-66-69-203
Alan Cooke, Vienna 71-67-74-212
David Dent, White Sulphur Springs 73-71-69-213
Brian Anania, Hurricane 73-72-70-215
Harold Howell, Madison 76-70-71-217
Thadd Obecny II, Wheeling 70-71-76-217
Woody Woodward, Bridgeport 73-75-70-218
Bosten Miller, Charleston 73-79-67-219
Jess Ferrell, Fairmont 73-73-73-219
Ian Patrick, Huntington 73-81-67-221
Philip Reale II, Charleston 73-75-73-221
Will Evans, Charleston 74-75-73-222
Jeremy Rogers, Buckhannon 71-74-77-222
Trent Roush, Mason 74-74-75-223
Camden Moore, Spencer 79-70-75-224
Chris Williams, Scott Depot 77-73-75-225
Thomas Knight, II, Lewisburg 80-75-71-226
Eric Wirth, Morgantown 81-73-72-226
Harold Payne, Hurricane 73-79-74-226
Josh Boswell, Alderson 72-78-76-226
Christopher Eckhardt, Morgantown 74-75-77-226
Tad Tomblin, Alum Creek 78-71-77-226
Duke Erwin, Hurricane 76-69-81-226
Bryan Myers, Wheeling 76-77-74-227
Ryan Mumaw, Charles Town 72-79-76-227
Jeff Bryant, St Albans 73-82-73-228
Davey Jude, Kermit 75-78-75-228
Thomas Frazier, Huntington 79-76-74-229
Steve Fox, Huntington 77-76-76-229
Michael DeMarco, Charleston 75-77-77-229
Jeff Harper, Parkersburg 72-76-81-229
Mark Pinti, Bridgeport 73-80-77-230
Michael Stewart, Clarksburg 78-75-77-230
Matthew Moore, Elizabeth 77-78-76-231
Todd Branham, Charleston 76-78-77-231
Aaron Barna, Hurricane 75-80-78-233
John Duty Sr., Hurricane 74-79-80-233
Joshua Arbaugh, Morgantown 80-75-79-234
Jason King, New Haven 78-76-81-235
Will Johnson, Charleston 73-80-82-235
Rico Simonetti, Wheeling 76-77-82-235
Aaron Boggs, Madison 73-78-85-236
Aaron Persily, Charleston 80-74-83-237
"Sam O'Dell was a machine," Cooke said. "He hit everything down the middle; he was fun to watch. He's a nice guy and fun to be around.
"Hopefully, he will make some mistakes (tomorrow), which will make me play more aggressive. But after today's round, I don't see it happening. He showed no signs of letting up."
O'Dell is seeking to rewrite history in terms of winning score, which is owned by Pat Carter after finishing 14-under and posting a 13-stroke margin of victory in 2003.
"I've had a really good year," said O'Dell, who finished runner-up to David Bradshaw at the West Virginia Open earlier this summer at Parkersburg Country Club. "I was confident coming in. I've gotten a couple of good breaks like anyone needs to win a golf tournament. I hit it today the best I've hit it yet."
Huntington's Ian Patrick and Charleston's Bosten Miller turned in the low rounds for Wednesday with a pair of 5-under 67s.
Local golfers competing on Wednesday included Glenville native Philip Reale II (73-75-73-221); Mason's Trent Roush (74-74-75-223); Spencer's Cam Moore (79-70-75-224); Parkersburg's Jeff Harper (72-76-81-229); and Elizabeth's Matthew Moore (77-78-76-231).