From humble beginnings playing golf as a kid at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Charles Town, David Bradshaw is still very busy honing his craft and pursuing the elusive PGA Tour dream. A seven-time West Virginia Open Champion, and recent inductee into the Shepherd University Athletic Hall of Fame, Bradshaw has seven career starts on the PGA Tour, and found the winners circle in 2014 at The Great Waterway Classic on PGA Tour Canada.
When asked if he was the only Jefferson County native to ever tee it up on the PGA Tour, Bradshaw couldn’t rightly say, but watching him battle to make the cut at last summer’s Greenbrier Classic (White Sulphur Springs, WV)—it was hard to imagine a more accomplished professional in the game of golf ever coming from this region.
This year, Bradshaw has earned playing privileges at the PGA Tour Latinoamérica. I caught up with him from his home in Encinitas, CA, just before he set off for South America.
EW: Are you as hungry now to win as you were ten years ago?
DB: I would say more so. I’ve competed at the highest level, and feel much closer to (my goals) than I’ve ever been. I wake up every day with one thought in mind—to win on the PGA Tour.
EW: What’s the biggest challenge in your game now as you try to elevate it to the next level?
DB: I simply need to perform at the right time. No doubt I’ve had some opportunities, but all I can do is continue to improve and not worry about how success comes to pass.
EW: What’s the strength in your game now?
DB: Typically, its been driving the golf ball—but the game is always changing, so I’m constantly practicing every aspect.
EW: A lot of the top players on tour nowadays are in their early 20s. At 32, are you concerned?
DB: The game is young. But I’m only 32, and I’ve been fortunate to avoid injuries—and not to mention, there’s a lot of talent out on tour much older than I am.
EW: What’s been one of you favorite course to play?
DB: Being that I live in the San Diego area now, I would have to say Torrey Pines South. That course demands your full attention from the first hole to the eighteenth. Plus the 180-degree ocean views aren’t bad either.
EW: Give me your dream golf trip—with who and where?
DB: Maybe Tiger Woods (circa 2000) and Jack Nicklaus (circa 1972)—at St. Andrews—who wouldn’t want to go on that trip?
Follow David Bradshaw on tour at www.pgatour.com, and click on PGA Tour Latinoamérica.
— Observer sportswriter, Eric Wright, was a PGA Tour caddie who once carried for Sir Bob Charles in the Senior British Open in Turnberry, Scotland (with a chance to win on Sunday).