Bradshaw shreds par in West Virginia Open win
BAKERTON — The windy second round of the 54-hole West Virginia Open golf tournament separated Bakerton’s David Bradshaw from the rest of the field.
Bradshaw blazed his way around the Parkersburg Country Club course, shooting a second consecutive round of seven-under-par 66 to take a nine-stroke lead after just two rounds.
After his first-round 66, Bradshaw held just a one shot lead over Josef Dransfeld, an Elon University freshman. But Dransfeld and the rest of the field faltered in the windy conditions the golfers faced in the second round.
Bradshaw’s 14-under score after two rounds had him far ahead of the scrambling field.
The field was cut to the top 60 after two rounds.
With a conservative three-under 70 in the third round, Bradshaw literally coasted home — winning the tournament by eight strokes.
The 36-year-old native of Bakerton near Harpers Ferry-Bolivar won his 11th West Virginia Open title and fourth in succession.
Bradshaw blitzed the six par five’s in his opening round when he birdied all six holes.
After just 36 holes, Bradshaw had already carded 17 birdies.
The winning margin of eight strokes was Bradshaw’s largest in any of his 11 Open championships.
The Jefferson High and Shepherd University graduate has been playing on a professional tour in Canada in recent years and maintains a residence in San Diego, California.