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Obecny Finishes Second in West Virginia Open

Wheeling Native Is One Stroke Short

File Photo Thadd Obecny finished second at the West Virginia Open.

DANIELS, W.Va. — Thaddeus Obecny II took a three-stroke lead into Thursday’s third and final round of the 87th West Virginia Open Championship. The margin, however, didn’t prove enough for the Wheeling native.

Parkersburg’s Kenny Hess fired a scorching 6-under par 66 to capture the tournament title by a single stroke over Obecny. The two were tied heading into the 18th hole. Hess grabbed the brass ring by rolling in a birdie putt to finish at 210.

Obecny, who entered the final 18 holes as the only player under par, carded a solid 2-under-par 70 in seeing his title bid come up just short.

Charleston’s Will Evans shot a torrid 65 to climb into third place via his 214 total on the 7,000-yard Cobb Course at The Resort at Glade Springs.

Hess drew even on the 10th hole, taking advantage of an Obecny bogey, leaving both players at 3-under. Obecny quickly regained the lead on the strength of a long birdie putt on the 14th. Hess responded immediately, using a nifty approach shot on the 15th hole, setting up a short birdie putt, again squaring the lead.

Both Obecny, who golfed collegiately at Coastal Carolina before turning pro in 2018, and Hess birdied the par 4 No. 16 hole. They again matched par threes on No. 17, setting up Hess’s tournament-winning birdie on the 54th hole.

“I felt I should have won. I made a few bad decisions,” Obecny said. “But give credit to Kenny. He played really well and shot a 66.

“I was pleased with how I played today. It was a solid round,” added the former all-Sun Belt Conference selection. “Going into today, my goal was not to give away shots. I did make a wrong club decision on No. 7 and it resulted in a bogey.

“I putted well, especially on the back nine (Thursday). It gave me a chance to win.

“Overall, I am really happy. I just need to get ready now for a big tournament next week in Pittsburgh.”

Obecny, 24, finished sixth in last year’s West Virginia Open staged in Parkersburg.

Wheeling’s Jacob Nickell enjoyed a sparkling final round. Nickell entered the day tied for 50th place. He closed with a sharp 4-under-par 68, climbing into a tie for 25th place with a 223 total.

Brooke High senior-to-be Ryan Bilby started the day tied for seventh place at 2-over par. The Follansbee resident closed with a 79, finishing at 225 and tied for 29th.

Weirton’s Howie Peterson shot a closing-round 79 to end at 228, good for a 39th place tie. Benwood’s JP Cochran, meanwhile, carded a 78 for a 234 total and tied for 61st.

Results from the 87th W.Va. Open at Cobb

Course, the Resort at Glade Springs, par 72

1. *Kenny Hess, Parkersburg 69-75-66=210 (-6)

2. *Thadd Obecny, Wheeling 71-70-70=211 (-5)

3. *Will Evans, Charleston 78-71-65=214 (-2)

T4. *David Bradshaw, Harpers Ferry 75-73-67=215 (-1)

T4. *Christian Brand, Scott Depot 72-74-69=215 (-1)

6. Nick Fleming, Cabins 71-73-72=216 (E)

T7. David Scragg, Poca 76-70-71=217 (+1)

T7. Owen Elliott, Hedgesville 72-74-71=217 (+1)

T7. Pat Carter, Huntington 71-74-72=217 (+1)

T7. Cole Moore, Spencer 72-72-73=217 (+1)

T11. Philip Reale, Hurricane 76-74-68=218 (+2)

T11. Mason Williams, Bridgeport 72-72-74=218 (+2)

T13. Cam Roam, Huntington 73-76-70=219 (+3)

T13. Jess Ferrell, Fairmont 78-70-71=219 (+3)

T13. Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 71-77-71=219 (+3)

T16. Todd Duncan, Daniels 73-76-71=220 (+4)

T16. *Samuel Berry, Morgantown 71-77-72=220 (+4)

T16. *Davey Jude, Kermit 72-75-73=220 (+4)

T16. Noah Mullens, Milton 72-75-73=220 (+4)

T16. Christian Casingal, Charleston 74-72-74=220 (+4)

T21. *Joe MacAulay, Ridgeley 75-75-71=221 (+5)

T21. Joseph Kalaskey, S. Charleston 75-72-74=221 (+5)

T23. Steve Fox, Barboursville 75-75-72=222 (+6)

T23. Landon Perry, Shady Spring 74-72-76=222 (+6)

T25. Jacob Nickell, Wheeling 81-74-68=223 (+7)

T25. Ryan Bashour, Morgantown 77-73-73=223 (+7)

T27. *John Ross, Freeman 74-77-73=224 (+8)

T27. Alex Easthom, Ravenswood 73-74-77=224 (+8)

T29. Matthew Barrish, Carmichaels 73-79-73=225 (+9)

T29. Ryan Bilby, Follansbee 73-73-79=225 (+9)

T31. Noah Clark, Pearisburg 80-76-70=226 (+10)

T31. Chris Bohach, Ona 74-82-70=226 (+10)

T31. Isaiah Zaccheo, Beckley 80-74-72=226 (+10)

T31. Christian McKisic, Buckhannon 78-75-73=226 (+10)

T31. Ben Knight, Harrisville 78-74-74=226 (+10)

T31. Patrick Smith, Beckley 76-74-76=226 (+10)

T31. Matthew Crouch, Belle 74-76-76=226 (+10)

38. Mason Weese, Fairmont 75-79-73=227 (+11)

T39. *Billy Winters, Lewisburg 75-78-75=228 (+12)

T39. Howie Peterson, Weirton 77-72-79=228 (+12)

T41. *Ben Palmer, Parkersburg 81-75-73=229 (+13)

T41. Clayton Thomas, Proctorville 77-78-74=229 (+13)

T41. Brett Laxton, Pineville 81-74-74=229 (+13)

T41. Chris Daniels, Beckley 76-78-75=229 (+13)

T41. Jackson Hill, Daniels 74-77-78=229 (+13)

T46. *Winston Canada, Dunbar 83-73-74=230 (+14)

T46. *Trevor Hedges, Martinsburg 77-78-75=230 (+14)

T46. John D. Francisco, Shepherdstown 77-78-75=230 (+14)

T46. Josh Arbaugh, Morgantown 79-75-76=230 (+14)

T46. Mitch Hoffman, Poca 75-78-77=230 (+14)

T51. Trenton Roush, Point Pleasant 74-80-77=231 (+15)

T51. Tad Tomblin, Alum Creek 78-75-78=231 (+15)

T51. Christian Boyd, Charles Town 75-74-82=231 (+15)

T54. Tyler Hartzell, Fairmont 78-77-77=232 (+16)

T54. Chad Baldwin, Green Bank 75-79-78=232 (+16)

T54. Brian McPherson, Belpre 75-78-79=232 (+16)

T57. *Barry G. Evans, Charleston 76-80-77=233 (+17)

T57. Steve Ross, Huntington 76-79-78=233 (+17)

T57. Tim Mount, Huntington 80-75-78=233 (+17)

T57. Tyler Adkins, Winfield 77-75-81=233 (+17)

T61. *JP Cochran, Benwood 76-80-78=234 (+18)

T61. Alasdair Forsythe, Elkins 74-80-80=234 (+18)

T61. Matthew Aman, Bridgeport 76-78-80=234 (+18)

64. Mason Kidwell, Charles Town 78-77-80=235 (+19)

*Denotes professional

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