Bradshaw among hopefuls gunning for Booz Allen spot

Bradshaw among hopefuls gunning for Booz Allen spot

June 18, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

David Bradshaw says he is normally a night person, but he might get to bed early tonight so he's ready to face a challenge that could land him a berth in the Booz Allen Classic that begins Thursday at TPC Avenel in Potomac, Md.

Bradshaw, a Shepherd University graduate from Harpers Ferry, W.Va., will be among 72 hopefuls in the Monday qualifier, a normal ritual on the PGA Tour that preceeds the regular event. It is expected that up to 15 PGA Tour professionals will also be in the qualifier.

He'll tee off in the first threesome on No. 1 at Little Bennett Golf Course in Clarksburg, Md., at 8 a.m. along with Kevin Streelman of Winfield, Ill., and Kyle Stough of Laurel, Md.

"I'm not much for getting up in the morning, but it will be good playing early because it will be less windy, the greens will be fresh and soft and there won't be any spike marks," said Bradshaw, a December graduate of Shepherd. "There are a couple of cuts of rough, and you know they'll speed up the greens to around 11 (on the stimpmeter)."


He suggested a 66 or 67 might be needed to get into the Booz Allen Classic. The PGA usually grants four qualifying spots from Monday play.

This will be Bradshaw's second crack at trying to make the Monday qualifier into a PGA event. On the PGA's Florida swing, Bradshaw tried to get into the Honda Classic in West Palm Beach, Fla. He shot a 68, but was two strokes from making the grade.

After graduation, Bradshaw moved to Sarasota, Fla., moving into a home built and owned by neighbors from Harpers Ferry.

"I give them rent money and I'm able to practice a lot," said Bradshaw. "That's what I've been doing the last 4 1/2 months."

Bradshaw has played in five Moonlight Tour events throughout Florida and Georgia and has won one and finished second, third, fourth and fifth in the others. He will compete this summer in the U.S. Pro Golf Tour, events conducted along the East Coast. After that, Bradshaw indicated he might head toward Arizona and Callifornia for more golf.

He recently took a shot at the U.S. Open but missed the qualifying line in competition at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md. He was a late entrant as an alternate after professional Steve Pate withdrew.

"I'm looking forward (to Monday) but I don't want to put too much pressure on myself," said Bradshaw. "I've wanted to do this because it's a local tournament and I know there will be friends there."

Whitetail on the go

The Whitetail Golf Club has had its share of ups and downs with ownership since it first opened in 2000.

In early April, Snow Time Inc., purchased the golf course from the Hummelstown General Authority and now, Snow Time operates the golf course and ski resort under the same umbrella.

Last Thursday, Snow Time founder and owner Irv Naylor was at a dinner on the golf grounds following what Whitetail considered a "renassaince beginning" golf outing. In addition, Snow Time president Scott Rhomberger outlined some future plans for the golf operation.

"We've watched the golf operations and we were never pleased seeing a public authority own and operate a golf course," said Rhomberg. "The concept of a resort is four seasons and we felt it was time to go to the next chapter."

Rhomberg said the next chapter was the purchase of the golf course.

"(With Snow Time) we bring stability to the golf, something that hadn't been here," he said.

He also told the attendees that Snow Time is studying plans for a future hotel/conference center and clubhouse.

"With land around the golf course owned by seven different developers that will also make for great housing, we want to work with them toward one unified plan for the area."

Also introduced at the outing was Rich Hogan, Whitetail's new director of golf who began his job last Monday, fresh off 18 years at Chambersburg Country Club.

Hogan made the tour of the course to chat with golfers and get off a few shots. He is excited about the opportunities at Whitetail.

"This is a great course we have right here and I think the attitude is great," said Hogan. "The course is in tremendous condition, and down the road I think we can look into maybe having some qualifier-type tournaments."

While the course continued to operate through its problems over recent years, one department that hasn't failed despite budget constraints has been the grounds maintenance.

Supervisor Jeff Hall has kept the golf course in prime playing condition, making Whitetail one of the best values of any course in the region.

Pa. spots up for grab

Six area golfers will try to qualify for the Pennsylvania Amateur Championship when they take to the links at the Golf Club at Felicita in Harrisburg, Pa., on Tuesday.

Waynesboro's Chris Breed and Chambersburg's Brian Barrows tee off at 8:20, Chambersburg's Scott Kegerreis goes at 9:20, Chambersburg golf coach Mark Yost, playing out of Penn National, tees off at 9:30, Waynesboro's John Weber goes off at 10 and Chambersburg's Clayton Rotz hits away at 10:10.

Qualifiers will get spots in the championship slated July 31-Aug. 2 at Moselem Springs Golf Club in Reading, Pa.

Tim Koelble's Divots column appears on Sundays. He can be reached at 301-731-5131 etx. 2311 or by e-mail at:

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