Golf: Obremski breaks record to earn Classic bid
DANIELS, W.Va. - The look on his face spoke volumes.
Daniel Obremski was walking off the par-3 No. 13 green when somebody asked him how he was playing.
The answer was evident in his expression.
The former Coastal Carolina University player shot a Cobb Course record 9-under 62 during the Greenbrier Classic Open Qualifier Monday at The Resort at Glade Springs' Cobb Course.
In 2010, Dick Mast shot an 8-under 64 when the course was set up as a par 72. In 2011, Rod Pampling - who is on the PGA Tour - shot a 64.
This time, No. 2 was changed from a par 5 to a par 4, making the course a par 71 at 6,969 yards - the first time the course played at less than 7,000 yards in its four years of hosting Classic qualifiers.
Obremski was joined by Ryan Zylstra (7-under 64) and Ryan Blaum and Brad Adamonis, both of whom won in a one-hole playoff with Jamie Lovemark.
Shortly after signing his card, Obremski was at something of a loss.
"I've done so many qualifiers that I didn't make it through, I'm used to packing up and trying to be positive," Obremski said. "I'm definitely going to be positive, but I don't know what to do. I'm definitely going to call my dad. He's going to be pretty pumped."
After shooting a 74 in the pre-qualifier on Thursday, Obremski said his mind was in a good place, in terms of handling the mental side of the game. He walked off No. 13 after playing four-hole stretch at 5-under par, finishing with a birdie on the par-4 No. 10, a birdie on the par-4 No. 11, an eagle on the par-5 No. 12 and a birdie on 13.
As he made the turn, Obremski knew something special was happening.
"I would say halfway through," he said. "I had 90 yards into 9, I hit a wedge and from the front I hit a great shot and it rolled all the way to the back.
"That was the first green I missed, but I got up and down with ease. At that moment I knew I was under control for the day."
He had a chance to go to 10-under with birdie opportunities on No. 17 and No. 18, but two-putted.
When he left the No. 18 green, Obremski was pondering what it meant to earn a spot in the Greenbrier Classic after multiple attempts to Monday qualify at various PGA and Web.com tour events, but falling short.
"I don't know how to describe it," said Obremski, recalling his feelings during the round. "You're involved with the process and you just go with it and whatever happens, happens. You're not expecting to make a birdie and not expecting to make a bogey. You're just there. There's really no other way to describe it."
Zylstra's 64 put him through, but Blaum, Adamonis and Lovemark went to No. 10 for a playoff - the fourth straight year the Classic Monday entrant was determined through extra holes.
Adamonis and Lovemark hit the green in regulation, but Blaum was in the rough. Blaum hit his third shot within 6 feet and made par, as did Adamonis, but Lovemark lipped out his par putt.
"Two bad shots, two good shots for me in the playoff," said Blaum, a Web.com player. "I hit 17 greens during regulation. I was hitting the ball great all day. Obviously, that was a bit of a gift from Jamie, but you take whatever you can get."
Blaum was in a six-for-four playoff last year, but lost in a playoff.
"I was the last man out in the playoff last year, so it was good to be on the other side of that," he said.
Adamonis qualified for the PGA Tour in 2008 with a T9 at Q-School in 2007. He spent two years on the PGA Tour and finished in the top 50 in all but one tournament, but also missed the cut in 14 events. In 2009, he missed the cut in nine of his last 10 events and has been battling to get back on the big tour since then.
"I was really nervous because I've been very close because I missed by 1, 4 and 5 (strokes) this year," he said. "Shooting good scores like 66s and 67s. I eagled No. 8, I holed out. That was sweet."
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IN HIS fourth attempt to qualify for the Greenbrier Classic, seven-time W.Va. Open champion David Bradshaw was done in by a bad tee shot on No. 14.
Bradshaw missed a birdie putt on No. 13 when he was 3-under par. However, his first shot on 14 went into the trees right and his second shot into the water on the left of the fairway. He bogeyed the hole and finished with a 69.
Former Capital and Marshall University star Christian Brand also shot a 69. Georgia Southwestern State University golf Coach Darcy Donaldson shot a 68.
Cooke and Ze-cheng "Marty" Dou shared low-amateur honors at 70.
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OBREMSKI, ZYLSTRA, Blaum and Adamonis will try to do something only two golfers in the brief history of the Classic Open Qualifier have managed to do - make the cut at the Greenbrier Classic.
Of the 12 players who earned a spot via the Monday event, only Andre Stolz and Steve Allan in 2011 played four days. Stolz earned $14,430 for a T49 finish and Allan earned $13,380 for a T57 finish.
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