Golf: Obremski relaxes way into Qualifier
DANIELS, W.Va. - There can be a level of relaxation on the back nine of professional tour pre-qualifiers.
Despite there being only 50 spots available out of 105 players in the Greenbrier Classic Pre-Qualifier on Thursday, former Coastal Carolina University player Daniel Obremski didn't worry.
And so it was on Thursday at Glade Springs, where Obremski opted to take it easy down the stretch and earned a spot in the Monday Open Qualifier back on the Cobb Course.
He said - tongue-in-cheek - he was saving his best shots for Monday.
"Today was definitely different," said Obremski, who finished sixth at the Frank B. Fuhrer Invitational on Wednesday, earning him $5,400. "When I was at 2-under, I didn't feel like I needed to get to 3 or 4. Monday, if I'm at 2, I need to get to 6. I'm hitting different shots on holes because, even my finish, I just kind of limped in."
Obremski shot a 2-over 74 following a bogey on No. 18, hitting the cut line, which dropped one stroke when the final two players off the course - Ryan Zylstra and Fielding Brewbaker - finished at 68.
Like many of the players in Thursday's event, Obremski is looking for that touch of magic on Monday that leads to a spot in the Greenbrier Classic July 4-7 at the Old White TPC.
Also like many of the other players, Obremski feels he's good enough to accomplish the feat.
Obremski has been a professional for less than two years, yet already has a victory - on March 1, 2012 on the Golfslinger.com Tour. He has had five top 10 finishes on the Golfslinger circuit and was medalist in the U.S. Open local qualifier last year.
The Pittsburgh native graduated with a degree in exercise science from Coastal Carolina one year after using up his eligibility.
"I played a little bit of professional events, but I didn't hardly have any money," he said. "I worked most of the winter, training athletes for speed and agility.
"I went to Golfslinger, not putting out as much money, me just being smart with my money. In reality, it's actually expensive. I'm better off playing money games around town, working on my game, rather than put all my money into a series of events. It's a process and I have to learn as I go."
Obremski had plenty of help on Thursday. His father served as his caddy, and friend T.J. White - a former Nitro golfer who caddies for him as well from time to time - followed the group.
They'll all return on Monday when the 7,037-yard layout will certainly play tougher and require 18 holes of pressure and very little relaxation.
In 2010, a score of 3-under 69 reached a playoff. However, in 2011 the score was 67, and last year, the number was 66.
"I know this course really well and my game is really solid," Obremski said. "I want to make it. I expect to be one of the guys at the top."
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OTHER PLAYERS earning spots in the Monday qualifier are former Capital High School and Marshall University standout Christian Brand, who shot a 68 on Thursday.
The low round went to Pasadena, Calif. native Grant Leaver, who shot a 65.
The youngest player to move to Monday was 16-year-old Chinese player Ze-cheng Dou, who finished with a 2-under 70.
Bakerton's David Bradshaw, who was playing in his fourth pre-qualifier, shot a 70. He has fallen short in the Monday qualifier three times, losing in a playoff in 2010 and 2011.
Parkersburg's Kenneth Hess (73) and Alan Cooke (73) also moved to Monday, as well as 2010 State Amateur champion Jonathan Bartlett, who shot a 69. Concord assistant golf coach Darcy Donaldson also shot a 69.
Mike Van Sickle, who took home the $35,000 prize for winning the Frank B. Fuhrer Invitational, shot a 74.
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