The 4th hole on the Red Nine at Valley Brook Country Club

Gee, Obremski share lead in WPGA Open Championship
By Mike Dudurich • July 17, 2019

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MCMURRAY – The two players tied for the lead after one round of the 116th West Penn Open provide an interesting paradox both on and off the golf course.

Oakmont Country Club’s head professional Devin Gee, the stylish, always composed 33-year-old won’t dazzle anyone with his length. When he’s on his game, as he was Tuesday at Valley Brook Country Club, precision is a big part of what he does.

Gee started his round with three pars and then ran off four straight birdies to take control of the tournament early. He was very consistent after that, making one birdie and one bogey after that to finish at 68.

Obremski’s run, while one birdie shorter, might have been a bit more impressive since it came on his first three holes. He shot 31 on the front nine and came back to shoot 37 on the back for his 68.

“I think that’s the best I’ve played in a while,” Gee said. “And it could have been even better, I hit 16 greens today. This is a good golf course and I’m a bit surprised the scores were as low as they were, but there are a lot of good players in this.”

That control lasted only a short time as 32-year-old Obremski put on a charge of his own, making three birdies in a row and finished the day tied at the top.

Eighteen players posted rounds under par putting them in good spots for today’s 18 holes and Wednesday’s final 18.

?Obremski, a bomber, is playing the LatinoAmerica Tour, having competed in five events and making the cut in three of those.

“I’ve always wanted to go to South America and it’s been really cool down there,” he said. “I played in five events and made the cut in three. It’s a new adventure and I’m enjoying it.”

That tour is on its’ summer break, allowing Obremski, a graduate of Penn-Trafford High School, to play in a few local events and get in some practice.

He felt like he’d been playing well coming in and verified that Tuesday.

“I gave myself a lot of good opportunities today,” he said. “I had a lot of wedge opportunities, but really didn’t wedge it very well. I could have gotten a couple more for sure. This is huge for me, especially with it being close to home.”

Alec Stopperich, Beau Titsworth, Matt Holuta, T.J. Howe and Rob McClellan all posted three-under par 69s. Brady Pevarnik, Brett Young, Ian Bangor and Darin Kowalski got in with 70s.

Everyone in the field knows it was just the first day of three and a lot of work remains.

Day 2 gets underway at 8 a.m. from the first and 12th tee. Following the second round, a cut will be made to the low 32 scores and tied for Thursday’s final round.

About the WPGA
Founded in 1899, the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association is the steward of amateur golf in the region. Started by five Member Clubs, the association now has nearly 200 Member Clubs and 33,000 members. The WPGA conducts 14 individual competitions and 10 team events, and administers the WPGA Scholarship Fund.