Bradshaw tames PCC with another 66

Dransfeld sits nine strokes behind

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Elon University’s Josef Dransfeld gives a fist pump after finishing Thursday’s second round of the 86th W.Va. Open Championship at Parkersburg Country Club with an eagle on the par 5, 18th. He also made eagle on No. 18 during the opening round.

VIENNA — For the second straight round at the 86th West Virginia Open being held at Parkersburg Country Club, Elon University golfer Josef Dransfeld made eagle on the par-5 18th.

After finishing day one on Wednesday at 6-under, Dransfeld needed that eagle putt Thursday afternoon to card a 1-over 74. His 5-under two-day total of 141 has him three shots ahead of Maxwell Sear, Davey Jude and Thadd Obecny, but 10-time opener winner David Bradshaw was back doing his thing once again.

Bradshaw, who tees off at 11:10 a.m. today with Dransfeld and Obecny in the final pairing, has posted consecutive 7-under 66s en route to his nine-shot advantage.

On Wednesday, the Harpers Ferry native made nine birdies, but had a double on No. 8, which he birdied on Thursday. During his second round, Bradshaw carded eight birdies and had his lone bogey on the par-4 7th, which he birdied on Wednesday.

“I was actually much happier with today’s round,” admitted Bradshaw, who started on No. 10. “I kind of scrapped it around for like the first three, four holes and then I rolled in one on 14. I still was hitting it a little squirrelly then I hit that driver on one and as soon as I hit it I thought ‘man, here it is again’ and I could just feel it.”

Photo by Jay W. Bennett David Bradshaw

He made five birdies on the front nine and noted “I played that front nine almost perfect. Moving day man. Moving day. I mean I played good. Today was a tough day. I knew that anything under par would be good.

“When I started swinging good and rolled a couple in, I got to feeling pretty good out here. I had good control of the ball, especially those last nine holes. That might be the best nine holes I’ve played in five years.”

Marshall Unviersity’s Cole Moore is in a three-way tie for sixth at 1-under with Philip Reale and Winston Canada. No one else is in the red, but PCC assistant golf pro Adam Chesnut is tied for ninth at even par with Craig Berner and Chris Williams.

The former Roane County Raider Moore admitted his round was “a rollercoaster.”

Indeed that was the case as he opened on No. 10 and promptly made bogey on three of his first four holes. He managed to birdie the par-5 16th and 18th to be 1-over at the turn.

Following a bogey on No. 2 and a triple bogey on No. 5, he bounced back with the lone eagle of the day on six and then nearly birdied out to reach an even par 73.

“I had a rough start,” Moore said of his 74, which followed a 2-under 71 on Wednesday. “It was tough. I just didn’t hit it very good off the tee basically.”

While Dransfeld is also hoping to take home low amateur honors, so too is the Hurricane native Reale.

“It’s a good thing having him in the field,” Reale said of Bradshaw. “He’s a professional. That’s what he does for a living. It’s looking like it’s going to be 11 (Open championships) unless he plays with one club. My goal is low amateur.”

Dransfeld readily admitted his biggest problem on Thursday.

“My putting was bad to be honest,” he said. “I’m just trying to go low like I have the past two days.”

After nine eagles on day one, Thursday only produced a trio. Along with Dransfeld’s on the 18th and Moore’s on the sixth, the only other eagle was carded by Reale on No. 16.

“I’m just going to play the golf course,” Bradshaw said of his plans today. “I’m not going to worry about where I’m at.

“I’m just going to try and make birdies. The golf course is soft and it’s getable.”

Aside from Bradsahw (66), Jude (70), Obecny (72) and Reale (72), the only other golfers to finish in the red on Thursday were Huntington’s Thomas Frazier (71), Vienna’s Alan Cooke (72) and Bridgeport’s Marco Oliverio (72).