CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Hurricane's Sam O'Dell was the only player in the first round of the 94th State Amateur to shoot under par.
Although there are three rounds to go - including the next two on the Greenbrier Course - the disqualification of three-time champion Tim Fisher on Monday could have improved O'Dell's chances to win his first Amateur.
O'Dell shot a 2-under 68 on the Old White TPC to take a two-shot lead into today's second round on the Greenbrier Course. Wheeling's Thadd Obecny was even, giving the championship only two players to shoot par or better.
"I played great," O'Dell said. "I drove the ball pretty well today. I made putts."
The dentist had seven pars, a double bogey and three bogeys in the first round of the Amateur, which he has finished in the top 10 six times since 1999. O'Dell was fourth last year and tied for second in 2011, missing a spot in the Greenbrier Classic when he lost in a playoff to Jess Ferrell.
As for Fisher's return to the Amateur after three suspensions cost him participating in West Virginia Golf Association events since 2010, it lasted a round - until it was discovered that he hit the wrong ball on No. 12.
Obecny, who - with Woody Woodward - was in a threesome with Fisher, said there was no question the three-time champion hit the wrong ball.
"It was on 12, par 5, dog leg right," Obecny said. "He hit his ball like 50 yards into those trees. Me and Woody, we get up there, and Woody has been outdriving him by 50 yards all day. He (Fisher) finds his ball like 340 yards out from the tee box. Me and Woody walked over and said there's no way that's his golf ball.
"Brad (Ullman) went back and finds (Fisher's) ball in the woods. We were in the scoring tent about 15 minutes. It's either your ball or it's not your ball."
Fisher said, "They asked me, but I couldn't be 100 percent sure."
The result was Fisher's disqualification.
"I pretty much abandoned the ball," Fisher said. "I went over to hit my provisional, which was in the fairway, and my caddy said he found it. It had my markings on it. I played it and the guy I played with said it wasn't my ball.
"I said if there's any doubt I'm going home."