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Area roundup - Bradshaw goes for another W.Va. Open title

June 29, 2005

GOLF



SNOWSHOE, W.Va. (AP) - David Bradshaw hasn't played much competitive golf this year and toured The Raven course at Snowshoe Mountain resort for the first time only a few weeks ago.

Many of the 120 players in this week's West Virginia Open aren't familiar enough with the roller coaster terrain to project confidence, so the winner could end up being someone with a combination of skill, steely nerves and local knowledge.

And despite the presence of six past champions in the field, it could end up being as much a surprise as Bradshaw was last year in becoming the first amateur to win the Open since 1993.

Despite still being in school, the former Shepherd University golfer considers his game "on the upswing" as he prepares to tee off in today's first round.

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"I have spurts of greatness and then I go right back down," Bradshaw said. "Like a good buddy of mine said, it's easier to get rid of bogeys than it is to make birdies."

During a sectional qualifier this month in Maryland, Bradshaw finished 11 shots shy of advancing to the U.S. Open.

But Bradshaw and partner Erik Tedder finished tied for third at the West Virginia Four-Ball tournament at Glade Springs Resort. Bradshaw's best golf of the year came when he went 8 under par over a 10-hole stretch.

That focus will be tough to maintain at Snowshoe, whose drastic elevation changes and wooded surroundings will favor the more accurate hitters over those like Bradshaw that boom their drives.

Only two golfers in the past 30 years have won the tournament in consecutive years - Brad Westfall in 2002-03 and Harold Payne in 1986-88.

LEGION BASEBALL



Frederick 12, Funkstown 7

FUNKSTOWN - Tyler Beard had two hits and two RBI, while Kevin Brashears also had two hits for Funkstown (23-6) in a loss to Frederick.

YOUTH LEAGUES



District 1 Junior All-Stars

Clear Spring 11, Valley 9

Clear Spring: Brian Worthington 3 hits; Adam Penwell, Aric Lipoldt 2 hits each.

Hagerstown PONY League

Hagerstown Floors 9, UAW 2

Hagerstown: James Jordan 2 hits, HR.

UAW: Tyler Presgraves HR.

West End Little League

AFL-CIO 10, Stags 3

AFL-CIO: Wins championship; Zach Angull 2-hitter, 9 Ks; Charlie Snyder, Nathan Murray 2 hits each.

Stags: Brandon Hess 9 Ks; Zach Rowland 2 RBI.

BRIEF



Goretti volleyball opening

St. Maria Goretti High School is looking for a volleyball coach for the upcoming season. Anyone interested can contact athletic director Carol Brashears at 301-739-4266, ext. 129, or 301-791-0344.

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