O’Dell wins W.Va. Amateur

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) – Sam O’Dell overcame a shaky start to win his first West Virginia Amateur championship at The Greenbrier resort.

O’Dell shot a 6-over-par 76 Thursday on the Old White TPC Course in White Sulphur Springs to beat two others by six strokes.

O’Dell finished at 5 under.

He capped a successful year that also saw him win the state Mid-Amateur title in May and finish second in the West Virginia Open in June at the Parkersburg Country Club..

The 35-year-old Hurricane dentist has been a staple of the state Amateur, debuting in 1994 and making the cut at age 17 in 1995.

He was critically injured in a 2001 all-terrain vehicle accident along the Greenbrier River on the eve of the tournament’s final round.

O’Dell built a nine-shot cushion through the first three rounds this week. He was the only golfer with three rounds in the 60s, but there was little chance of scoring that low Thursday.

O’Dell made bogeys at the first, third and seventh holes, then a double-bogey at the par-3 eighth. He preserved the win with nine straight pars after that.

Only one of the 43 golfers shot under par Thursday.

Bridgeport’s Woody Woodward shot 67 and tied Marshall golfer Brian Anania for second place at 1 over. Anania shot 70.

David Dent of White Sulphur Springs finished fourth at 3 over.

Vienna’s Alan Cooke shot a 78 in the final round.