Thadd Obecny leads WV Open after day two
PARKERSBURG — It appears a new champion could be crowned following Wednesday’s second round of the 87th West Virginia Open being held at the Cobb Course at the Resort at Glade Springs.
Nick Fleming, the only all-state golfer in Petersburg High School history who is off to play at Wingate University, was at 1-under going into day two. He made consecutive birdies on holes two and three to take an early lead at 3-under par.
Meanwhile, Parkersburg South graduate and day one leader Kenny Hess, who started on the back nine, made double bogey at the par-4 10th, but rallied with a birdie for the second straight day on the par-5 12th to remain in second place at 2-under.
Marshall University’s Cole Moore birdied on two to get to 1-under after the ex-Roane County Raider shot an even par 72 on Tuesday.
Hess made his way back to 3-under for the tournament and even on the day after a birdie on nine. He briefly took the lead with a birdie on two to get to 4-under, but he made bogey on the par-3 third and triple bogey on the par-5 to fall back.
Fellow professional Thadd Obecny of Wheeling holds the lead after day two. He sits at 3-under following rounds of 71 and 70.
Fleming finished 1-over Wednesday while Hess was 3-over. Both are tied for second at even par along with Moore and Bridgeport’s Mason Williams. Moore and Williams have shot consecutive 72s.
Huntington’s Pat Carter, the recent W.Va. Senior Open champion from Huntington, was 1-over after two days in sixth place.
WLU’s Alex Easthom followed his 73 on Tuesday with a 74 Wednesday. The Ravenswood graduate sits at 3-over and is tied for 13th.
Four-time defending champ David Bradshaw of Harpers Ferry, who is seeking a 12th career W.Va. Open crown, followed up his 75 with a 73 and sits at 4-over par heading into the final round.
Also making the cut to the final round was Gilmer County graduate Philip Reale of Hurricane, who went 76-74 and is 6-over.
Ritchie County’s Ben Knight is tied for 34th at 8-over.
Belpre’s Brian McPherson (75-78=153, +9) made the cut.
Professional Ben Palmer, a Parkersburg South grad, bounced back from an 81 on Tuesday and advanced, finishing tied for 59th after carding a 75 Wednesday to just make the cut.
Wood County’s Adam Chesnut, the assistant golf pro at Parkersburg Country Club who also had an 81 Tuesday, shot 79 Wednesday to finish 16-over and miss the cut.
Others failing to make the cut were Parkersburg’s Mike Koreski (80-81=161, +17) and Vienna’s Chris Barlament (86-85=171, +27) and Isaac Prine (77-81=158, +14).