"My putt on the last four holes all hit the hole. On 18 I stole a five and probably should have had a six. The back nine I felt was more me. I was hitting it more solid. I came out this morning at 8 o'clock and hit balls because of that.''
Cooke had six birdies to go along with one eagle (No. 3) with eight pars and three bogeys. Two of Cooke's bogeys come on No. 15 and No. 16, then he birdied the final two holes.
"I putted really well,'' said Cooke, who graduated in 2012 and then attended the International Junior Golf Academy. "The hole was the size of a bucket.
"I'm not going to let up any because I know these guys are good. I'm hoping to put a little pressure on [O'Dell]. It's moving day. Everybody will be going after it making birdies. I'm going to have to play a little more aggressive.''
The cut line was at 155, 13 over par.
Cam Moore of Spencer, a 15-year-old sophomore at Roane County High School, turned in one of Tuesday's under-par performances with a 70 to make the cut and vault into a tie for 14th.
Tad Tomblin of Alum Creek, who shot a 1-under 71, Chris Williams of Scott Depot, a Coastal Carolina recruit, Will Evans of Charleston, who will play at Marshall in the fall, and Bosten Miller of Charleston are also moving on to the final two rounds.
Senior golfers Harold Payne of Hurricane, a five-time Amateur winner, John Duty Sr. of Hurricane and Steve Fox of Huntington also survived the cut.
Winston Canada of Beckley, who was last year's runner-up, and Buffalo's Cory Hoshor missed the cut. Jay Woodward of Fairmont, Woody Woodward's older brother who played at Penn State, withdrew during Tuesday's second round for personal reasons.
Today's third round will also take place on the Greenbrier Course before shifting back to the par-70, 7,042-yard Old White TPC, the 99-year-old course that hosts the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic, for Thursday's final round.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.