Bradshaw stakes claim as 'different' dual winner

July 02, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

David Bradshaw's name is on the list of West Virginia Open champions a second time, and even though he's a far cry from the 16 titles accomplished by the famous Sam Snead, there's one thing he can claim that no other golfer in the Mountain State has done - win as an amateur and professional.

"I'm trilled to win as an amateur and professional," said Bradshaw after he had captured the West Virginia championship Friday with a one-stroke victory over three contenders on the Cobb Course at Glade Springs Resort in Daniels, W.Va. "I'm ecstatic that I could play well enough to be in the mix and win."

As an amateur in 2004, Bradshaw chipped in on the 18th hole on the final day to become an unexpected champion, knocking Jonathan Clark out of a potential title.

Friday, Clark was in the mix with Bradshaw to the end, until he sent an errant tee shot into the trees that led to a double bogey on the 15th hole as he ended as one of the three players in arrears of Bradshaw.


Following graduation from Shepherd University last year, the Harpers Ferry, W.Va., golfer turned professional and has spent time in the south on the U.S. Pro Golf Tour, winning a smattering of money. But nothing's been as big as his first-place collection Friday, when he took home $7,000.

"I'm running a little bill on my dad so I'll probably give him some, but he really has supported me," said Bradshaw. "But the money is a relief to help with travel expenses. Golf can be an expensive habit."

More so, Bradshaw hopes to develop the habit of winning and he's got several opportunities in front of him, including an exemption on the Nationwide Tour that came with the Open title.

He gained a position in the Coalminers National Mining Classic to be played Aug. 21-27 on the Pete Dye Golf Club course in Bridgeport.

"I get a spot (in Nationwide) and I might be more excited about that than the win," he said. "It was neat being given an exemption certificate."

Prior to the Nationwide appearance, Bradshaw has two U.S. Pro Tour events on his calendar. He'll compete in the Cooks Creek Classic July 27-30 outside of Columbus, Ohio, and in the Global Media Fund Classic Aug. 10-13 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Bradshaw's opening-round 68 proved to be the difference in the West Virginia Open. In the end, he was the only golfer that played under par, finishing with a 1-under 215 for the three days, managing to hold on at the end despite a final-round 74.

"Pretty much everyone except a couple of players played badly the last day," said Bradshaw. "I missed five 4-footers and that was the difference from the first round. It was all putting.

"I grinded as hard as I could," he said. "It got down to pressure situations and sometimes some people don't hold up as well."

Tournament schedules

The Maryland Open takes place July 10-12 at the Members Club at Four Streams in Beallsville.

No less than seven area golfers will tee it up on the tough 6,881-yard par-71 Four Streams course.

Heading the field is Beaver Creek professional Dirk Schultz, who lets it fly at 12:30. Schultz has finished second in the Maryland Open four times - in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2004.

Other locals with their first-round tee times include Holly Hills professional Jody Rokisky (7:52), Ken Lampard of Beaver Creek (8:03), Brandon Sheaffer of Black Rock (8:36), Steve Caron of Black Rock (1:14), Greg Henry of Beaver Creek (1:36) and Tim Steiner of Beaver Creek (2:09).

Past winners of the Open include popular Fred Funk, former Maryland coach and now a PGA Tour veteran who won in 1983 and '87. Funk will make his Senior Champions Tour debut this week in the Senior U.S. Open.

The Pennsylvania Golf Association holds its Junior Boys Championship on Wednesday at Penn National.

Going off the No. 1 tee will be Kyle Kegerreis of Chambersburg at 8:20, Jacob Wetzel of Waynesboro at 8:30, Tyler Straub of Chambersburg at 8:40 and Alec Kessler of Waynesboro at 8:50.

On No. 10, Chambersburg's Clayton Rotz tees off at 8, Derek Baker of Waynesboro at 8:30, Nick Tornetta of Chambersburg at 12:45 and Scott Levy of Penn National at 1:05.

With last week's rainy conditions, the Tri-State Juniors were washed out at Beaver Creek on Tuesday. The makeup date is Aug. 14 with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

Tim Koelble's Divots column appears on Sundays. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2311, or by e-mail at

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