VIENNA -- Former Shepherd College golfer and Bakerton native David Bradshaw has proved that, no matter who is in the field at the West Virginia Open, he's up to the task.
Bradshaw, who is living in San Diego, Calif., while chasing his PGA Tour card, shot an 11-under 205 in the 54-hole championship at Parkersburg Country Club, his seven Open crown but first by more than one stroke.
"It was a larger victory than I'm used to, but Sam (O'Dell) pressed on me hard and I got it going there on the back," Bradshaw said after Friday's final round. "It was great It was awesome."
Bradshaw has won titles at Edgewood Country Club (2004), The Resort at Glade Springs (2006), Lakeview Country Club (2007), Oglebay Park in Wheeling (2009), Sleepy Hollow Golf Club (2010), Pines Country Club in Morgantown (2011) and now Parkersburg (2013).
This year's field was reduced considerably after Berry Hills Country Club head professional and 2008 Open champ Barry Evans, Edgewood pro and 2005 titlist Craig Berner and Sleepy Hollow general manager and 2001 and 2012 champ Jonathan Clark went to Oregon to compete in the Professional National Championship at Sunrise Resort near Bend. They are the only players to win other than Bradshaw since 2004.
Thirteen-time Amateur champion Pat Carter, who never has won the Open but has been in contention a number of times, also missed because of surgery on his left eye.
However, it's Bradshaw's seventh championship in 10 years, and he trails only Sam Snead in Open titles. Snead has won 17, with his last coming in 1973.
The 30-year-old former West Virginia Conference Player of the Year had to hold off amateur Sam O'Dell, who finished four strokes back but still managed to be the Open's low amateur for the fourth time.
"My name's going to be on the trophy again, which is awesome," said Bradshaw, who also receives the top prize award of $6,000 that goes to the professional winner. "It puts me one closer to Sam Snead, but I still need a whole decade of them to catch up."
O'Dell made it interesting, closing to within two strokes, but Bradshaw followed a bogey on No. 5 with an eagle on No. 6. He then played the last 12 holes at 4-under to earn his largest margin of victory in the Open.