O'Dell was being chased by Woodward, who was the only player to shoot under par on Thursday, as well as Anania and White Sulphur Springs' Nick Dent. Ironically, his 76 was tied for the 21st highest round (76) in the final round.
But, it was the other 43 players on the Old White TPC Thursday who were doing the chasing.
For the first time since the inaugural Greenbrier Classic in 2010, an exemption to the PGA Tour event doesn't come with the Amateur championship.
"If I would've shot a 68 today, I would've said I deserved a spot in the Greenbrier Classic," O'Dell said jokingly.
The top 15 will earn an exemption into the 2014 Amateur, which is slated for June next year - less than a month before the Greenbrier Classic July 3-6.
Wheeling's Thadd Obecny, who finished 10th last year, was fifth on Thursday. Vienna's Alan Cooke was sixth, Bosten Miller seventh, Philip Reale - the older brother of 2007 champion Anthony Reale - was tied for eighth with Madison's Harry Howell and Buckhannon's Jeremy Rogers. Rogers, whose father Mike caddied for him this week, was third. Huntington's Ian Patrick and Fairmont's Jess Ferrell - who played in the 2012 Greenbrier Classic - were tied for 11th. Charleston's Will Evans, whose father Barry caddied for him Thursday, was 13th, and Mason's Trent Roush was 14th.
Davey Jude, whose father David finished third at the Amateur in 1995, was tied for 15th with Wheeling's Bryan Myers and Alderson's Josh Boswell. Myers' best finish was 2011 when he tied for fourth.
Next year's Amateur champion will receive an exemption into the fifth annual Classic.
O'Dell isn't concerned about not earning a spot, but said defending his Amateur title will be easier than winning it for the first time.
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