Bradshaw back after another WV Open golf title
SHEPHERDSTOWN — Who is the logical favorite to win this week’s West Virginia Open golf championship?
If a poll were taken of the tournament’s players, Jefferson County’s David Bradshaw would receive the most votes.
Bradshaw already has nine West Virginia Open titles in his reign over the state’s professionals.
Since he won his first Open championship in 2004, Bradshaw has come back to West Virginia from his usual summer haunts, carrying him to such countries as Honduras and Canada, and tournaments in Puerto Rico and California.
He’s dominated the state’s leading event for professional golfers, so much that he has recorded nine victories in only 14 years.
Just last year in Sissonville, Bradshaw once had a five-shot lead with just six holes to play in the 54-hole event, and won the tournament by three strokes with his 12-under par finishing score.
The 35-year-old Shepherd graduate will headline this year’s field at the Glade Springs Resort course in Daniels. He’s won the West Virginia Open there before.
Play this year began on Wednesday, and will conclude on Friday, after the field is cut to the top 60 players after 36 holes of play.
Last year’s tournament victory was Bradshaw’s second straight in the event.
He has been at his best in some of the closest tournament finishes in history, at times winning in playoffs or by one stroke in the regulation 54 holes.
The rolling fairways at Glade Springs offer a variety of angles to the greens at the layout that plays at about 7,000 yards.
Jefferson County resident Christian Boyd is also entered in the tournament.
The total purse for the event is just over $14,000.
Bradshaw has been playing in Honduras earlier in the year, but comes back to West Virginia for this event. While at Jefferson High School, he resided in Bakerton.
The favorite’s mantel falls on Bradshaw’s shoulders. As well it should.