Bradshaw returning home for W.Va. Open

June 24, 2007|by TIM KOELBLE

David Bradshaw burst onto the West Virginia golf scene with abandon in 2004 when he won the West Virginia Open as an amateur.

Two years later, he made sure his name would be remembered, as he became the only player in West Virginia Open history to win the tournament as a professional and an amateur.

There's no other category Bradshaw can claim this year, so he'll be out to become the ninth golfer to have won the Open three times when the tournament kicks off Wednesday in Morgantown at the Lakeview Resort and Lodge.

The Open debuted in 1933, and its champions include Sam Snead, who captured the trophy 17 times.

"I'm really excited about coming back (to West Virginia)," said Bradshaw earlier this week from his home outside San Diego. "I'm going to be back for about a month, relax for awhile, go to a friend's wedding and just let it feel like old home week."


Bradshaw will defend his title against a field of 120 golfers on the 6,760-yard, par-72 Lakeview Course. Several other players from the Eastern Panhandle are in the tournament, including Chuck Ingram and David Boggs of Shepherdstown, Michael Boggs of Hedgesville and Rich Pell of Charles Town. Bradshaw won the tournament last year at Glade Springs Resort with a 1-under-par 215.

Bradshaw, 24, has been living in the San Diego area working at a private club and had been trying to enhance his professional skills on the U.S. Golf Tour, which recently folded.

"There were some shady characters involved in that tour," said Bradshaw.

When he returns to California, he'll get onto a new tour - the Cleveland Golf/Golden State Tour.

"It is up and running and there are four tournaments coming up north of San Diego," he said. "With Cleveland Golf involved, it should be a good tour."

Bradshaw spends much of his time at Torrey Pines Country Club in San Diego, the site of the 2008 U.S. Open, getting in practice time.

He is able to return to West Virginia for the Open since he still claims Harpers Ferry as his official mailing residence.

"I talked with (West Virginia Golf Association Director Ken Tackett) and since I have my official mailing address and pay taxes in West Virginia, there was no issue in coming back," said Bradshaw.

More qualifiers

Monday will be the one opportunity for four area golfers to gain a position in the Pennsylvania Amateur, slated for July 30-Aug. 1 at Long Vue Club in Verona, Pa.

Tyler Straub, Scott Kegerreis and Nick Tornetta, all of Chambersburg, and Waynesboro's Christian Breed will test the Lebanon Country Club course.

Waynesboro's Chad Bricker, now at Penn State University, is the defending champion.

Anniversary time

Does it seem possible that some of the golf clubs along the I-70 corridor have been open for five years?

Maryland National Golf Club in Middletown will celebrate its fifth year throughout the day Friday.

Golfers will be treated to giveaways, prizes, contest holes and raffles along with special food selections from Schroyer's Tavern.

To get a tee time, contact Maryland National at 301-371-0000.

Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, or by e-mail at

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