Bradshaw wins seventh W.Va. Open
VIENNA, W.Va. -- Make that seven West Virginia Open golf championships for David Bradshaw.
Bradshaw shot a 5-under-par 67 in the final round Friday for an 11-under 205 total at Parkersburg Country Club and a 4-shot win over Sam O'Dell. It was Bradshaw's largest margin of victory in his seven wins. Four had been by one shot and he won twice in playoffs.
The pro mini-tour player from Harpers Ferry, W.Va., earned $6,000 from the $30,000 purse and his name will be inscribed again on the trophy.
O'Dell, an amateur who won the West Virginia Mid-Amateur in May, also posted 67 for a 209. The dentist from Hurricane claimed the low amateur award.
Pros Bob Friend of Pittsburgh and Christian Brand of Charleston tied for third at 213. Friend shot 70 and Brand shot 69.
Bradshaw, who led amateur Woody Woodward of Bridgeport, W.Va., by three shots entering the final round, got off to a so-so start. He was 1-over going to the par-5 sixth where he made eagle and that momentum-builder set the tone for the rest of the sunny day. His second shot with a 4-iron from 225 yards out came to rest five feet from the hole.
"It was a turning point for me," Bradshaw said. "I was sloppy the first two days and the first five holes today. I was swinging pretty terrible. I was trying to guide the ball. I said I'm better than this. I needed a good shot. I got it. I hit it (4-iron) flush. One clean shot is all it took. I didn't have a blemish after that."
O'Dell's card had six birdies and one bogey. He kept the heat on Bradshaw pretty much all day even though the champ played the last 13 holes 6-under.
"The best player this week won the tournament," O'Dell said. "At some point I knew he'd have to do something out of the ordinary. He didn't. For as little as I play, to be in contention means a lot."
Alan Cooke, a Parkersburg Country Club member from Vienna, was the low junior with 222. Scott Bibbee, also a host club member, finished as the low senior with 218.
This was Bradshaw's first visit to Parkersburg Country Club, which last had the Open in 1983. The 2014 Open will be held on the Cobb Course at The Resort at Glade Springs. Bradshaw knows that course well as it's the home of the Monday qualifier for the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic. He won the Open there in 2006 as well.
Bradshaw is No. 2 in all-time Open wins. The leader is PGA legend Sam Snead with 17.
The closest O'Dell got to Bradshaw during the final round was one shot.
"He gave himself a chance," Bradshaw said. "It was a 4-shot win, but it never felt like one."
"If I stay close enough maybe he's thinking I've got a chance," O'Dell said. "Up until the last couple of holes I felt that way. I knew I needed help. I didn't get it today."
The tournament was assured a new champion as 2012 winner Jonathan Clark is playing in the PGA Club Pro National Championship at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. Former Open winners Barry Evans and Craig Berner as there as well. The 72-hole event begins Sunday.