DANIELS, W.Va. -- Bakerton native David Bradshaw hopes the third time is the charm, and former Parkersburg standout Ken Hess wants to put together another low number.
The top 52 players from Thursday's Greenbrier Classic pre-qualifier have a whole weekend to think about how they plan to attack the 7,151-yard, par 72 Cobb Course for a shot at one of four positions in the third annual Greenbrier Classic.
"I just want to have fun," said Hess, who graduated from Parkersburg High School in 2006, spent two years at Concord, finished at WVU-Parkersburg and since March, 2010, has tried his hand at the professional circuit. "If I shoot a 65 or a 75, I just want to have fun."
Hess will be back Monday after shooting a 67 on Thursday. Bradshaw shot a 71.
Only one player out of the eight who have managed to Monday qualify for the Greenbrier Classic has played in the pre-qualifier - Garrett Frank last year. That is, advance through 36 holes of qualifying at The Resort at Glade Springs to play in a PGA Tour event.
Hess, whose caddy was Poca's Grant Humphrey, likes having a positive perspective on the experience.
Bradshaw, who raked in $30,000 for winning the Frank B. Fuhrer Jr. Invitational on Wednesday, isn't at the 7,151-yard, par 72 Cobb Course for a good time.
It's all business for the former Shepherd standout, who has returned to West Virginia every year to play in the pre-qualifier. He lost in a playoff in the Monday qualifier two years in a row.
"Three years in a row," Bradshaw said of his third attempt at the Classic. "I'm going to try to shoot 64 or something. That's the goal. The goal is not to shoot 6-under, because you know the playoff is probably going to be at 5-under. The goal is to shoot 8 or 7 under."
In 2010 and '11, Greenbrier Owner Jim Justice offered an exemption to the champion of the State Amateur. While speculation swirled about Justice's plans for the State Open, no exemption ever was offered.
As Bradshaw was winning the Open for the fifth time (2010) and sixth time (2011), he found no other way to reach the Greenbrier Classic than to muddle through grueling qualifiers.