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Hurricane's O'Dell leads after 1st round

Aug. 06, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Hurricane's Sam O'Dell shot a 2-under-par 68 Monday for a two-stroke lead after the first round of the 94th West Virginia Amateur.

O'Dell made seven birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey on Old White TPC, home for the PGA TOUR's Greenbrier Classic. O'Dell, who has not won a State Am title, captured the West Virginia Mid-Am crown in May and finished runner-up to David Bradshaw in the West Virginia Open in mid-June at Parkersburg Country Club. He's finished in the top 10 at the State Am seven times. He was fourth in 2012.

Wheeling's Thadd Obecny opened with 70 and is second alone. Tied for third at 71 are Vienna's Chris Barlament and Alan Cooke and Marshall golfer Jeremy Rogers of Buckhannon.

Former Marshall golfer Aaron Boggs and Bosten Miller and current Thundering Herd player Brian Anania each shot 73.

Plays shifts over to the resort's par-72 Greenbrier course for round two Tuesday and third round on Wednesday. The low 40 and ties after Tuesday's round will move on. The tournament ends Thursday back on Old White TPC.

There will be a new champion. Pat Carter of Huntington, who prevailed in 2012 for his 13th career win, withdrew last week. He's in Warner Robins, Ga., watching son Hogan and the Barboursville All-Stars compete in the Little League Baseball 11-12 Southeast Region tournament.

Josef Dransfeld of Huntington, the youngest player in the field at age 13, posted an 80 in his debut. His father Joe is serving as his caddy.

Three-time champion Tim Fisher was disqualified Monday for playing the wrong ball on the par-5 12th hole. Fisher hit his tee shot toward some trees and finished the hole using a provisional ball, even though the first one was eventually found. Ken Tackett, executive director for the West Virginia Golf Association, said Fisher was disqualified because the error wasn't corrected before he teed off on the next hole.

Fisher was returning from a three-year suspension from West Virginia Golf Association events. He was suspended one year for failing to give proper notification when he pulled out of a 2010 tournament in North Carolina. He got a two-year suspension in 2011 for an undisclosed code of conduct violation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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