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Bradshaw champ of champs

August 18, 1998|By MIKE WOLFF

Dave Bradshaw continued his domination of the junior golf scene when he took home the title at the Tri-State Junior Golf Tournament of Champions on Monday.

Bradshaw, 16, from Bakerton, W.Va., shot a round of 76 at the Black Rock Golf Course, the same course where he shot a 69 three weeks ago. Monday's round was equally impressive because he was playing from the white tees, which are farther from the hole than the tees he played from previously.

"It feels better to win this tournament," Bradshaw said, "It's better because we were playing from farther back."

The players who finished in the top three in the four open tournaments during the summer were invited to participate in the Tournament of Champions. The field consisted of 25 players split into three age groups. Bradshaw won the 14-15-year-old division.

"There were fewer people playing, so the competition was tougher," Bradshaw said, "It makes you up your game. I thought I played great today."

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The turning point for Bradshaw was the par-5 14th hole. After a good shot from the tee and a strong second shot, Bradshaw sank his third shot from 30 feet. It was at that moment that he knew he had a good chance to win.

Bradshaw also won the first tournament of the year at the Crest Creek Golf Course and the final tournament of the season at Black Rock.

Ryan Stumbaugh, who won at Fountain Head Country Club and Waynesboro (Pa.) Country Club, and Ryan Moul finished in a second-place tie in the division with 83s.

Steve Caron won his second tournament of the season in the 16-18-year-old division, when he shot a 73. He also won at Waynesboro.

"Winning this tournament was much better than anything else. Everything was good today," Caron said, "Except for my three three-putts."

Caron, 16 from Waynesboro, credits his victory to being able to hit most of the fairways and greens. On the par-3 15th hole, Caron drove his tee shot within 10 feet from the pin. He followed that shot with a birdie putt. He also birdied 16 to put himself in good position to win the tournament.

"I was looking forward to winning this tournament," Caron said, "I thought I played well overall this year. There are some rounds I wish I could take back, but I guess that has to happen sometimes."

Josh Spreng placed second with a round of 75, and Adam Frank shot an 80 to finish third.

Last year's Tournament of Champions winner, Christian Breed, defended his title by winning the 12-13-year-old division with a 72.

"It's a little different, a little better to win this tournament," Breed said, "I thought I played well, even though I had trouble during the last few holes."

Breed, 13, from Waynesboro, also took home titles this season at Crest Creek, Fountain Head and Black Rock.

The 1998 Tournament of Champions was sponsored by Farmers and Merchants Bank in Hagerstown.

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