O'Dell nearly hit a 40-foot putt for bogey, settling for a double. He got a shot back on the par-3 ninth, nearly acing the shot to a difficult hole placement. For all that, he finished with a 71 and is 2 under for the tournament.
"I lost it right in the Shootout, too," O'Dell said, referring to the special event Sunday. "And it hit the tree and it came down the side of the hill and I found it. I probably tried to hit it a little too hard instead of just trying to make it down the fairway."
Veteran pro John Ross of Bramwell sits at 1-under, tied with Bob Friend of Pittsburgh and Scott Bibbee of Vienna. Christian Brand is all alone in seventh at even par, dismayed at his 71.
He started the day with three bogeys, then reversed it with five birdies in seven holes. But he blew the birdie chance at No. 7, lipped out a birdie putt at the eighth and finished with a three-putt from 60 feet at the ninth.
"It's pathetic the way I'm playing," he said. "There's no other way to describe it. I'm just not in a really good mood. I worked so hard for it and I come out there and ... it's nothing."
A mob of players is tied for eighth at 1-over: Brian Anania of Hurricane, Kenneth Hess of Parkersburg, Ken Lacy of Man, Christopher McGinnis of Waynesburg, Pa., Phillip Reale II and Bosten Miller of Charleston, and Alan Cooke of Vienna.
Miller and Anania both had 70s to better their first-round 75s, but others flipped good first rounds.
For instance, McGinnis has a 70-75, and Hurricane teaching pro Scott Davis a 70-76. Then there is Ian Patrick of Huntington, who followed his 69 with a 77.
Still, that leaves him in a tie for 15th and well inside the top-15 amateurs, which would land him an exemption into the West Virginia Amateur in August.
He didn't seem worried about the shots he left on the well-manicured course.
"It's a great story that I can even be involved with these guys," Patrick said. "It's a treat for me to be out here, right in the mix with everybody and having fun."
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