VIENNA - Professional golfer David Bradshaw treasures each of his seven West Virginia Open championships.
But the 30-year-old golfer from Harpers Ferry has loftier ambitions and that's rubbing shoulders with PGA Tour professionals on a weekly basis.
"I just need opportunities to play at a really high level," Bradshaw said. "And that's what I've been waiting on. I need to squeak my way through those Mondays, get in and get the chance to play because if I can play this well at a higher level the pay day could be really big.
Photo by Kerry Patrick
David Bradshaw of Harpers Ferry displays his crystal trophy after winning Friday’s 80th West Virginia Open at Parkersburg Country Club. Bradshaw captured his seventh Open championship.
"My goal is to play on the PGA Tour. That is the ultimate goal. When I come to play in West Virginia Opens, my goal is to win but my goal it to play on the PGA Tour. That's where I want to be."
Judging by the scores he posted this past week at Parkersburg Country Club, his plans may not be too far-fetched.
On Friday afternoon, Bradshaw became a seven-time winner of the Open after holding off a charge by Hurricane's Sam O'Dell and producing his largest margin of victory.
W.Va. Open scores
VIENNA, W.Va. (AP) - Final scores at the West Virginia Open played on the 6,895-yard, par-72 Parkersburg Country Club:
David Bradshaw, Harpers Ferry 69-69-67-205
Sam O'Dell, Hurricane 71-71-67-209
Bob Friend, Pittsburgh, Pa. 70-73-70-213
Christ. Brand, Charleston 73-71-69-213
Kenneth Hess, Parkersburg 72-73-69-214
Bosten Miller, Charleston 75-70-69-214
Philip Reale II, Charleston 72-73-70-215
Woody Woodward, Bridgeport 74-67-75-216
Bryan Myers, Wheeling 75-74-68-217
Brian Anania, Hurricane 75-70-73-218
Scott Bibbee, Vienna 72-71-75-218
Duke Erwin, Charleston 76-71-71-218
Justin Caroli, Stonewood 78-71-70-219
John Ross, Bramwell 71-72-76-219
Ken Lacy, Man 73-72-74-219
Jason Martin, Wheeling 74-74-72-220
Tad Tomblin, Alum Creek 75-73-73-221
Trent Roush, Mason 72-74-75-221
Jeremy Rogers, Buckhannon 74-76-72-222
Alan H. Cooke, Vienna 73-72-77-222
Josh Webb, Washington 77-71-74-222
Chris. McGinnis, Waynesburg, Pa. 70-75-77-222
Chris Barlament, Vienna 74-75-73-222
Jess Ferrell, Fairmont 74-75-74-223
Brad Westfall, Grafton 74-75-74-223
Matthew Moore, Elizabeth 76-75-72-223
Cory Hoshor, Buffalo 78-73-72-223
John Kingora, Morgantown 76-74-74-224
Rick Ellison, Huntington 75-74-75-224
Jay Woodward, Fairmont 77-72-76-225
Scott Davis, Hurricane 70-76-79-225
Brian McPherson, Belpre, Ohio 77-75-73-225
Jason Robinson, Charles Town 76-74-75-225
Steve Ross, Huntington 79-72-74-225
Joey Seabright, Wheeling 73-78-74-225
Hunter O'Neal, Bluefield, Va. 74-74-77-225
Mike Keiffer, Scott Depot 79-73-74-226
Mitch Roush, Mason 77-73-76-226
Cole Hand, Wheeling 72-76-78-226
Steve Fox, Huntington 77-75-74-226
Grant Humphrey, Poca 77-75-75-227
Pete Kurelac III, Moundsville 76-75-76-227
Steve Hussey, Washington76-76-75-227
Alasdair Forsythe, Elkins 77-76-74-227
Evan Muscari, Pineville 78-74-76-228
Mike Rogers, Buckhannon 78-75-75-228
Ty Roush, Mason 79-74-76-229
Will Evans, Charleston 76-77-76-229
Tyler Boulware, Morgantown 77-74-78-229
Jeff Bryant, St Albans 78-74-78-230
George Hamrick, Red House 76-73-81-230
Winston Canada, Beckley 79-73-78-230
Ryan Dean, Morgantown 76-75-79-230
Joshua Wolfe, Elkview 78-75-77-230
Carl Roncaglione, Charleston 75-77-80-232
Chris Williams, Scott Depot 78-75-80-233
Brandon Tinney, Hurricane 78-74-82-234
Tyler D. Franklin, Charleston 79-73-83-235
Ian Patrick, Huntington 69-77-90-236
Steve Thacker, Huntington 77-76-83-236
Robert Jones, St Albans 75-76-86-237
Phillip Butcher, Chesapeake, Ohio 80-72-86-238
Bradshaw turned in rounds of 69, 69 and 67 for a three-day total of 11-under par 205. O'Dell, who still plays under his amateur status, climbed to within one stroke through four holes but Bradshaw answered with an eagle on the very next hole to build the cushion back to two strokes.
O'Dell never pulled any closer.
"My game is as good as it has ever been," Bradshaw said. "I was sloppy the first two days and the first five holes today then after that I started playing golf like I knew I could.
"I was kind of guiding the golf ball, but I hit one clean shot and that's all it took."
O'Dell, who received an award as the low amateur in the tournament, finished runner-up at 7-under 209. Bradshaw and O'Dell both turned in the low rounds for the final round at 5-under 67.
"I thought if I could get to 8-under and shoot 66 - a round of your life sort of deal - maybe I would have a shot," O'Dell said. "I'm real happy. That's as good as I could play.
"David Bradshaw is tough. You have the best player here winning this tournament."
A total of seven players finished under par for the 54-hole tournament. Charleston's Christian Brand and Pittsburgh's Bob Friend tied for third place at 3-under 213, while Parkersburg's Kenny Hess and Charleston's Bosten Miller tied for fifth place at 2-under 214.
Alone in seventh place was Glenville native Philip Reale at 1-under 215.
Bradshaw, who ranks second in Open titles to Sam Snead's 17, opened the final round with a three-stroke edge. Yet, he never took anything for granted.
"I know how long a round of golf is - it's just an eternity out there," Bradshaw said. "And with a golf course like this, you have to grind. It's not an easy golf course. There are places you can make mistakes. You never quit."
Of the three players in the final grouping, Bridgeport's Woody Woodward was closest to Bradshaw. The 19-year-old, however, triple-bogeyed the second hole when he was assessed a two-stroke penalty and fell out of contention.
As Bradshaw slipped into par mode with five straight to start the back nine, O'Dell crept to within two strokes on several occasions and maintained status quo with four holes remaining.
Bradshaw then pulled away with three birdies on the final four holes.
"Sam was hanging in there and gave himself a chance," Bradshaw said. "It was a four-shot victory, but it never felt like one."