Bradshaw victorious in W.Va. Open again

July 17, 2010
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HURRICANE, W.Va. (AP) -- David Bradshaw knows how to keep one step ahead of his challengers at the West Virginia Open.

The Harpers Ferry native shot a 3-under-par 68 Friday for a one-stroke victory over amateur Tim Fisher at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club.

Bradshaw, the defending champion, earned the winner's check of $6,000. His 10-under total is the lowest score in relation to par at the Open since Scott Davis finished 12 under at Canaan Valley Resort in 1995.

At age 27, Bradshaw joins Grafton's Brad Westfall for the second-most Open wins with five each, behind Sam Snead's record 17.

"It's great to be in the record books," Bradshaw said. "But records are for sports writers and not for players. I just go out and do my thing and it just so happens I've won five of these. It's a great feeling."


All five of Bradshaw's wins have been by one stroke, including a playoff win over John Ross last year in Wheeling.

The only time Bradshaw surrendered the lead was in 2008, when Charleston's Barry Evans won after birdies on the final four holes on his home course.

"I told a friend of mine on my way over here, she said, 'Can you win this thing by a bunch?'" Bradshaw said. "I'm like, 'You know, there's 120 players, someone's going to play good, which means I have to play just a little bit better.' Somehow I keep winning this thing by one shot. If I could just win one by like 10, but it just doesn't happen that way. Maybe next year."

Fisher started the day two shots behind Bradshaw and was three back on the back nine.

Fisher birdied the final two holes to move to 9 under, but it wasn't enough. Bradshaw finished with eight straight pars.

"Fish made it interesting," Bradshaw said. "He's really good like that. It seems like every time I came up on him, he came back. He was always nipping at my heels. Luckily we ran out of holes."

No others came close to challenging the pair.

Wheeling's Jason Martin and current state Amateur champ Jonathan Bartlett tied for third at 2 under and Charleston's Barry Evans was at 1 under.

Twelve-time West Virginia Amateur champ Pat Carter finished 12 over, which was tied for 14th among amateurs and tied for 30th overall. He has never won the Open.

MISGA Match Play

At Westminster National

Westminster 5, Beaver Creek 3

Bob O'Brien/Norbert Muench (W) d. Tim Koelble/Jerry Tucker (BC) 2-1; Ken Goldman/Andy Reed (BC) d. Bill Welch/Bruce Cowan (W) 2-; John Jamison/Guy Nichols d. Curtis Kendall (BC) 3-0.


PONY 13 West Region tourney

Hagerstown 'A' 16, Chambersburg 6

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Airin Martin had two hits and three RBIs to lead Hagerstown over Chambersburg in the winners' bracket semifinals of the East Zone West Region tournament.

Caleb Cardone had two hits and scored four runs, Tyler Anders and Sinjin Shoop had two hits and two RBIs each, Jordan Stonebraker and Casey Bartholomew had two hits each and Josh Miller had two RBIs for Hagerstown, which will play Canfield, Ohio, today at 1:30 p.m. in the winners' bracket final.

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