A shot at the big time.
That’s what was at stake at Monday’s PGA TOUR Open Qualifier on the Cobb Course at The Resort at Glade Springs.
Dan Obremski didn’t leave any doubt that he wanted a chance to compete at The Old White TPC later this week.
Obremski fired a 9-under 62, a Cobb Course record, to be the first of four from the qualifier for this week’s Greenbrier Classic — on the big stage of the PGA TOUR as a FedExCup event.
“I had no idea it was a course record,” said Obremski, a Irwin, Pa., native. “I was just happy with the way I finished. I came around 3-under after nine (holes) and I hit a 20-foot putt for birdie on 10, hit a 12-foot putt for birdie on 11, had a 20-foot putt for eagle on 12 and birdied 13 with a one-foot putt. I was pumped — for the way I was playing.”
Ryan Zylstra sported the second-best round of the day with a 7-under 64, to equal the previous best low round on Cobb.
“It was good to play a solid game,” he said. “It’s a huge boost of confidence for me. It proves that I still have what it takes.”
The 33-year old Glen Allen, Va., resident has been a spectator twice at The Greenbrier Classic, and actually sat out from pro golf for six years. He has strong local ties to Greenbrier County.
“My mother-in-law lives in Rupert, W.Va. — about 20 minutes from The Greenbrier — so my wife and I came down the past two years,” he explained. “My mother-in-law encouraged me to come down and try to qualify — she even paid for it. I thought it was worth a shot.
“I was playing on the Gateway Tour in 2007 and I just wasn’t progressing as much as I thought I should. But I got the bug back.
“It’s a dream come true — to play in The Greenbrier Classic. I always say that if you’re not dreaming, you probably shouldn’t be doing this.”
The final two qualifying spots came down to a playoff between Brad Adamonis, Ryan Blaum and Jamie Lovemark, who all shot 5-under 65.
Lovemark bogeyed the first playoff hole on No. 10, sending Adamonis and Blaum on to White Sulphur Springs.
Also just missing the cut were Jonathan Curran, Matthew Short and Drew Weaver at 66 — equaling the best score in the 2012 Open Qualifer which forced a six-man playoff for the four spots.
Eight more golfers came in two strokes off the mark with a 67 — Corbin Mills, Marc Turnesa, Stefan Wiedergruen, Arjun Atwal, Matt Harmon, Frank Lickliter, Garland Green and Jay McLuen.
It will be a quick turnaround for the four Open qualifiers.
The opening round of The Greenbrier Classic is Thursday, with practice rounds scheduled for today and Wednesday.
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