O’Dell advances into US Mid-Am quarters
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sam O’Dell, from Hurricane, West Virginia, plays Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the U.S.Mid-Amateur golf championship at Charlotte Country Club.
O’Dell advanced to the final eight with a pair of match-play victories.
The 40-year-old Hurricane dentist began Tuesday in the round of 32 with a win against Jordan Sease, from Lexington, South Carolina, 2 and 1. Tuesday afternoon in the round of 16 he defeated Ben Hayes, of Jacksonville, Florida, 6 and 5.
O’Dell, a Marshall University graduate, four-time West Virginia Amateur champion and five-time West Virginia Mid-Amateur champion, plays Brett Boner, from Charlotte, at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday.
In a USGA interview following Tuesday’s play, O’Dell said he doesn’t know where advancing into the quarterfinal round ranks in his golf career.
“It has to be up there,” he said. “I mean, I would have answered it differently probably three years ago. At this point, all the state stuff, I mean, I’ve kind of done everything.”
The U.S. Mid-Amateur began with 4,709 golfers at least 25 years old with a handicap index that doesn’t exceed 3.4. Sectional qualifying cut the field to 264 players.
Two rounds of stroke-play qualifying put O’Dell (78-69— 147) into the match-play group of 64 golfers.
As one of the quarterfinalists, O’Dell earns an exemption into the 2019 tournament.
“That’s sweet,” he said. “I’ve never been exempt, so it’s another step. It’s special. I think it’s great.”
Quarterfinal and semifinal matches are Wednesday with a telecast from 4 to 6 p.m. on FS1. Thursday’s 36-hole championship also has a 4 to 6 p.m. telecast on FS1.