Sam O’Dell loses in Mid-Am quarterfinals
CHARLOTTE, N.C . — Sam O’Dell’s bid for the U.S. Mid-Amateur golf title ended Wednesday.
Brett Boner of Charlotte, North Carolina, eliminated O’Dell, a 40-year-old dentist from Hurricane, West Virginia, in the quarterfinal round at Charlotte Country Club, 2 up.
Boner, 44, is competing in his third USGA championship and his second U.S. Mid-Amateur tournament for golfers age 25 and older with a Handicap Index that doesn’t exceed 3.4. He is the No. 5 seed in match play after posting rounds of 71 and 69 in stroke play at Carolina Golf Club, his home course, that co-hosted this year.He is No. 3,908 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
As a quarterfinalist, O’Dell received an exemption into the 2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur.
O’Dell earned the No. 61 seed with scores of 78 and 69 in stroke play. He is No. 2,540 in the world amateur rankings.
The graduate of Marshall University and the West Virginia University School of Dentistry made his fifth U.S. Mid-Amateur appearance and his 10th USGA championship. He also played in the 2018 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach Golf Links.