Obecny II Wins Bordas And Bordas Event
Wheeling Park alum, Seabright claim Best Ball title
WHEELING — It was a good weekend for Thadd Obecny II. After securing a one-stroke lead during the first day, the Wheeling Park alum and Coastal Carolina graduate picked up where he left off. Obecny turned in a 65, to secure the Championship Flight at the Bordas and Bordas Amateur Golf Classic at Crispin Golf Course at Oglebay Park on Sunday.
Obecny’s two-day total of 129 was two shots better than runner-up Bryan “BT” Myers, who shot a 66 on the second day. Bob Potts turned in a solid 68 to finish the weekend with 134 to come in third place.
“I had another slow start like (Saturday), even though I birdied (No.) 1,” Obecny said. “It was a good battle between me and BT all day long. He had a nice eagle on 4, I three-putted. It was back and forth all day, I made some nice putts on the back nine. Unfortunately, he hit it out of bounds on 18 and handed me the win.”
Obecny and Myers were tied for the lead as they made the turn going into the back nine. Myers, though tallied a birdie on Hole 10 while Obecny made par. Obecny tied for the lead on the next hole as he sunk a birdie while Myers settled for par. Both sat on top of the leaderboard until they reached Hole 15.
Obecny took the lead for good as he tallied a birdie on the hole while Myers got par.
Obecny and his partner, Joey Seabright also won Best Ball in the Championship Flight. After turning in a 62, they followed it up with a 63 to secure at 125 and edged out Myers and Paul Kurtz by one stroke.
“It’s nice to win with Joey,” Obecny said. “He’s my caddie and my best friend. It’s just great to win with him.”
This will also be Obecny’s last amateur tournament as he takes the next step to live his dream of becoming a professional golfer. Though, he was playing in his last amateur event in his hometown, that was the last thing on his mind on Sunday.
“It’s just nice to get a victory really, I wasn’t really thinking about that,” Obecny said. “I play with BT all the time. We have back and forth battles all the time. It’ just good to get a win.
“Ever since college ended, I’ve really looked forward to turning pro because I think I have the game if I just keep working. I look forward to my upcoming tournaments and try to make some money.”
In the Senior Flight, Jeff Sparks took home the top prize as he turned in a 67 on Sunday for a two day total of 135. Bob Clark had a solid second day on the course as he shot a 68 which secured him second placed with an overall score of 140.
“We’re lucky in a sense because I come from Ohio,” Sparks said. “I either come over from Cincinnati or Columbus and I’ve been doing it for years. It’s changed to the Bordas and Bordas, and it’s nice to see it still has the same attitude because this is considered as one of the majors in the area. You always want to have your game going no matter what the conditions are or what the weather is. When you win it, you feel real good because you know that everybody plays in it, everybody cares about it and it does make it special.”
Sparks and his partner Dave Clark were also in contention for Best Ball in the Senior Flight. At the end of 18 holes, Clark and Sparks were tied with Bob Clark and Roger Waialae, which resulted in a playoff. After the fourth playoff hole, Waialae and Clark were deemed the winners.
Seth Abraham won the First Flight. He turned in a 70 on Sunday and ended with a total of 149, one stroke better than runner-up Jake Fullerton.
For best ball, Christopher Criswell and Jay Davis took the top spot with a score of 139.
Blake Ring-Fish was the John Wilson Junior Division champion as he had a two-day total of 159.
“Everything went well,” senior partner of Bordas and Bordas, Scott Blass said. “We were very blessed that we didn’t get the bad weather and got both rounds in. I think everybody had a great time and I think we raised a lot of money for the Oglebay Foundation, which is a great thing. That is what we’re here to do. It was a good weekend and we will be back next year.”