Bradshaw looks for fourth straight title

David Bradshaw will be trying to win his fourth straight West Virginia Open title this week.

Already a six-time West Virginia Open winner, Bakerton’s David Bradshaw is back in the state to defend another championship that he won last year. This year’s tournament is being staged at the Edgewood Country Club in Sissonville in Kanawha County.

Bradshaw, a Shepherd University graduate, first won the Open in 2004 when he was still an amateur. He became the first amateur to take the Open title in 11 years. Harold Payne had won the championship in 1993.

Now a professional, Bradshaw has won the Open in five of the last six years. Since 2006, there has been only one year that he hasn’t been able to retain the Open championship. In 2008, Barry Evans was the tournament winner. But Bradshaw has a current Open streak that has seen him win five of the last six championships.

The former Jefferson High golfer has now won the title for three consecutive years beginning in 2009.

This year’s Open event will begin on Wednesday, June 20 with the tournament winner being decided after the third round finishes on Friday.

All the non-exempt qualifiers had to gain entry into the field by playing at one of the eight sites around the state that held Open qualifying events.

Now 32, Bradshaw edged Bob Friend in a three-hole playoff for the 2011 Open championship.

Also during the 2011 season, Bradshaw was able to qualify for the PGA tour’s The Honda Classic in March and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in May. He failed to make the cut in either of those tournaments, shooting rounds of 81 and 80 in The Honda Classic and 80 and 74 in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Bradshaw played twice on the 2011 Nationwide Tour. He qualified for Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae in April but his rounds of 78 and 70 failed to make the cut. In June of 2011, Bradshaw played in the Melwood Prince George’s County Open and his rounds of 73 and 72 were not good enough to make the cut in that event.

In 2009, Bradshaw earned $20,506 in the 13 events he played on the EGolf Professional Tour that had courses in the Carolinas and Georgia.

With his six Open championships, Bradshaw is now in the top five in number of titles. Slammin’ Sammy Snead won 17 West Virginia Open championships to easily lead the all-time list of champions.

The Open is a three-round event.

Bradshaw has won in a playoff or by a single stroke on occasion.

When the tournaments were close, Bradshaw found the ways to win by a single stroke or in a playoff.

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