The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 19, 2013

Patrick, Bradshaw take early lead at W.Va. Open

PARKERSBURG —  Ian Patrick and six-time West Virginia Open champion David Bradshaw each shot a 3-under-par 69 to share the first-round lead Wednesday at Parkersburg Country Club.

They have a one-stroke lead over four-time champion Scott Davis, perennial contender Bob Friend and Christopher McGinnis of Waynesburg, Pa.

Bradshaw made three birdies on his first eight holes, then had a birdie and bogey the rest of the round along with eight pars. The mini-tour regular and Eastern Panhandle native is looking for his seventh championship in 10 years. Only Sam Snead with 17 has more Open titles.

Patrick birdied five holes over a nine-hole stretch to move to 4 under before going bogey-birdie-bogey midway through the back nine.

It marked the first time that Patrick had broken par in a round at either the Open or the West Virginia Amateur. The Huntington golfer has never held the lead in either tournament. His best finish was a tie for 13th at the 2011 state Amateur.

Davis' last Open win came in 1998. Friend has never won the tournament. He had seven straight top 10 finishes in the Open before slipping to 22nd last year. Friend is director of golf operations at Morgantown's Pikewood National Golf Club while McGinnis is Pikewood's golf pro.

Hurricane's Sam O'Dell and two-time winner John Ross were two shots back at 1 under. O'Dell won Sunday's prelude to the Open — the Coca-Cola Shootout. That winner has never won the Open in the same year.

South Charleston's Christian Brand, who finished tied for second last year, shot 73.

The field is missing a few of the state's best golfers this week. Absent are defending champion Jonathan Clark, 13-time West Virginia Amateur winner Pat Carter and 2008 Open champion Barry Evans.

Clark and Evans are competing in the PGA Professional National Championship next week in Sunriver, Ore. Carter will undergo eye surgery soon and hopes to return for the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic next month. He earned the Greenbrier exemption after winning the 2012 state Amateur.

It marks the fourth time the Open has been held at Parkersburg Country Club. The last visit was in 1983.

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