Myers wins Kalkreuth in playoff

WHEELING – Bryan Myers drained a 20-foot birdie putt on the fourth sudden-death playoff hole to edge Thadd Obecny II and win with 2013 Kalkreuth Amateur Golf Classic on Sunday evening at Oglebay’s Crispin Course.

The extra holes tied a record in the 68th playing of the tournament, conjuring images on 1961 when Don Stickney defeated Jim Curti and Don Crosson on the fourth playoff hole of the 17th Bernhardt’s.

”I thought it was going to go further than that,” Myers said.

Actually, it probably should have ended one hole shorter, and Obecny knew it. After chipping within two feet on the third hole (12) and watching Myers miss a 6-footer, Obecny needed only to tap that in to win.

He missed it.

”It happens,” Obecny said. ”I should have made it obviously. I’ve been missing a lot of those lately, but I shouldn’t have missed that one.”

Added Myers: ”That was his tournament. He should have won. But you have to putt them in.”

That gave Myers new life on 13, a 192-yard par-3 straight downhill. Obecny hit within 15 feet, while Myers was roughly 20 feet out, both down and right of the cup.

Looking at the putt, Myers had a good feeling.

”I told (playing partner) Paul (Kurtz) this is one of those putts I just hit it good and it might go in – and it did,” he said. ”Sometimes you think that. I just thought I was going to make it.”

Obecny missed his shot at keeping things going and Myers had won his second Kalkreuth Amateur, bettering his 2010 winning score by a stroke (131).

Obecny matched that score by birdieing his last four holes to force the playoff.

”There’s just holes on this course that I look forward to,” he said. ”I know 12 is a birdie hole. Once I got past 13 with a par, I know all the holes coming in are birdie holes, so I was just trying my best to make birdies.”

Myers, who was two back of first-day leader Rob Cimarolli entering Sunday’s play, sprinkled in six birdies around an eagle, nine pars and two bogeys to wind up at 65 on Sunday. Obecny was one better, turning in a 64, the low round of the day.

Cimarolli, the 2007 Kalkreuth champion, wound up third at 133.

Bob Bailey and John Zitkovic each shot 136 in the senior flight, but a one-hole playoff was all that was needed there with Bailey tapping in a birdie putt after Zitkovic found all kind of trouble to emerge as the champion.

Jeff Sparks shot 137 and finished third, followed by Doug Savage (139) and Pete Dellovade and Richard Miller (140).

The Cimarollis shot 121 to win the championship best ball by two strokes on McPherson and Obecny. Kurtz and Myers were third at 123, followed by Dellovade and Lis Jr (126).

Sparks and Dave Clarke won the senior flight best ball at 127, followed by Bill Stebelton and Zitkovic at 128, and Savage and Brad Shuff at 130.