Greenbrier's final four spots secured
DANIELS, W.Va. -- Daniel Obremski is going to play in his first PGA Tour event.
Obremski earned that ticket by shooting a course-record 9-under-par 62 on the Cobb Course at The Resort at Glade Springs to win the Monday qualifier for The Greenbrier Classic.
"Aggressive. You have to go all out," OBremski, from Irwin, Pa., said. "I don't know how to describe it right now. What happens happens, and today it went my way."
Ryan Zylstra fired a 64 to secure the second of four available spots for The Greenbrier Classic, Thursday through Sunday, on Old White TPC at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Zylstra has been a spectator at the Classic, but this will also be his first PGA Tour start.
"Your dream is to play on the PGA Tour," said Zylstra, who is from Canada and wore red and white Monday to honor Canada Day. "That makes this a fun day. If it's good enough, great. It's a huge boost for my confidence. It proves I've still got game."
Once again a playoff was required to decide the final two spots. Jamie Lovemark, Brad Adamonis and Ryan Blaum each shot 65 and only two of them moved on. The playoff started on the par-4 10th hole. Adamonis and Blaum made par and Lovemark a bogey to drop out.
Four golfers familiar in the Tri-State played, but came up short.
Christian Brand, a former Marshall University player from Charleston, and Harpers Ferry, W.Va., native David Bradshaw both shot 69. Sleepy Hollow Golf Club general manager Jonathan Clark, also a Marshall Thundering Herd alumni, shot 75.
Bradshaw won the West Virginia Open last month for the seventh time.
"I didn't play too well," Brand said. "A 65 is great playing. A 62 is even better. The course is out there for the taking. I didn't do it today."
Brand will resume play on the e-Tour next week in Kannapolis, N.C.
Prior to Monday, the Cobb course record was 64 held by Rod Pampling (2011) and Dick Mast (2010).
Par for the qualifier was 71 instead of 72 with No. 2 playing as a par-4 rather than a par-5. The yardage was 6,969, the first time it's been under 7,000 yards for the qualifier.
In past years, Obremski had to give family and friends bad news from the qualifying site. The tone was different Monday as the Coastal Carolina University graduate looked forward to the short drive down Interstate 64 to The Greenbrier.
"I don't know what to do," he said. "It used to be pack and go. When I call my dad he'll definitely be pumped. I've got to get organized. I'm going to a place I haven't been. I have to keep my focus. Forget today and try to play my best golf in the tournament."
Obremski shot 3-under 32 on the front. On the back, birdies at Nos. 10, 11, 13 and 15 and an eagle on the par-5 12th got him to 9-under.
"I drove the ball well, played smart off the tee," he said. "I had a lot of wedges in. I struck them well and said keep it going. When you do that it gives you a lot of confidence. And I putted well."
Obremski had come close to qualifying before, but came up one shot or two short. Still, he didn't get down as he headed to the next qualifier.
"I've learned to bounce back," he said. "I pull out the positives. I could feel it coming. You hear people say that a lot. You have to do it at some time and today was the day."
Zylstra, 33, has been to the Greenbrier tournament the past two years as a spectator when his mother-in-law purchased tickets. This time he'll be inside the ropes as a competitor. He and wife Sarah live in Richmond, Va. He played in college for the VCU Rams and tried his hand once at the pro level, but things didn't work out. He recently got the desire back to play.
"I had some success, then lost interest," he said. "I didn't progress the way I wanted and ran out of money. I caddied for a friend (Ted Brown) on the Web.com Tour and got the buzz back. I wanted to compete again.
"I took a shot here. I got off to a good start and rode the momentum."
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