2000:  Pro Brad Westfall signed for an incorrect scorecard in the first round but that just spurred him on to capture his third West Virginia Open title by a four-stroke margin at the demanding Pete Dye Golf Club near Bridgeport. Westfall shot a 72 in the opening round but signed for a 73, and that score stood.  He made a three on a hole but the player keeping his card marked him down for a four, and Westfall failed to catch the mistake.  “It really (ticked) me off,” Westfall said of his signing error.  “It made me mad enough to come out and play.”  Westfall did just that, shooting a five-under 67 in the second round to take the lead and following it up with a 68 in the final round.  He birdied four of his last seven holes to pull away from Barry Evans, Pat Carter and Brent Johnson.  Steve Shrawder, an assistant pro at the Pete Dye Golf Club, fired a 67 on the final day to grab second.  Carter, Johnson and amateur Jamie Whitt all shot 68s in the early rounds while defending champion John Ross had a 69.  Carter won the low amateur prize for the third straight year, including a tie in 1998.  Davey Lawrence won the nine-hole Open shootout for the second straight year.  Leaders by rounds:  first, Johnson and Whitt-68s; second, Westfall-140, by one.

Brad Westfall, Morgantown          73-67-68—208
Steve Shrawder, Bridgeport         73-72-67—212
Barry Evans, Charleston               71-70-73—214
a-Pat Carter, Huntington               74-68-75—217
Brent Johnson, Follansbee         68-73-76—217
Scott Davis, Hurricane                  73-72-73—218
Al Hromulak, Bridgeport               73-71-75—219
a-Chad Westfall, Glenville           72-71-76—219
a-Sam O’Dell, Hurricane             75-73-73—221
a-Kirk Satterfield, Bluefield          78-72-72—222


2001:  Jonathan Clark held off last-round charges by Brad Westfall and Pat Carter to squeeze out a one-stroke victory in the 68th West Virginia Open at Berry Hills Country Club near Charleston.  Clark, 27, an assistant pro at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club, shot 66 and 67 in his final two rounds to post a six-under score of 204 for 54 holes and earn the $5,000 winner’s check.  Clark led Carter by two strokes and Westfall by three entering the final round. Carter sank birdie putts of 12 and 20 feet to take a one-stroke lead after nine holes but then twice banged shots off trees and suffered three bogeys in a four-hole stretch to fall back.  Meanwhile, Clark birdied three of five holes on the back side and opened a three-stroke lead over Westfall with two holes left.  Westfall birdied the last three holes with putts of 35, 5 and 3 feet to shoot a 65.  In the heat of battle, Westfall thought he had tied Clark but hefell a stroke short when Clark sank a 4-foot knee-knocker for a clinching par on the final green.  Carter had a 68 to finish third and was the low amateur for the fourth straight year.  Amateur Jay Kaufman of Vienna shot a 69 to become the surprise first round leader but then dropped out of contention.  Leaders by rounds:  first, Kaufman-69, by one; second, Clark-137, by two.

Jonathan Clark, Hurricane                   71-66-67—204
Brad Westfall, Morgantown                  70-70-65—205
a-Pat Carter, Huntington                       72-67-68—207
a-Bill Sharpe, Cross Lanes                 74-67-69—210
Craig Berner, Charleston                     70-71-72—213
Barry Evans, Charleston                       77-71-69—217
a-Marty Creed, Hurricane                      74-74-71—219
a-Michael Veres, Chapmanville           73-70-76—219
a-Ryan Whalen, Bluefield                     76-72-72—220
a-Burke Spensky, Huntington              72-78-70—220
a-Tim Lynch, Huntington                      77-73-70—220
a-Bob Ramsey, Bluefield                     72-70-78—220


2002:  Brad Westfall won his second Open title in three years and his fourth overall by shooting three rounds in the 60s at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club near Hurricane.  The Grafton pro fired subpar rounds of  68, 69 and 68 for a 205 total, a three-stroke triumph and a $6,000 check.  Westfall dedicated his victory to his baby daughter Sidney as he did his 2000 win to daughter Jenna  Beth. “”It’s nice to have two for them and it’s nice to have four,” he said. “”The fourth one means a lot.”  Westfall began the final round  tied with Scott Davis, who fell back after suffering a lost ball in tall grass for a double bogey on the second hole.  Westfall then sank a 30-foot birdie putt on the third hole for a three-stroke lead and he increased it to five with a 45 -footer for eagle on the 11th hole.  Sam O’Dell shot a 67 on his home course to finish second at 208 and take low amateur honors, a meaningful accomplishment a year after being critically injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident before the final round of the 2001 Amateur.  Virginia Tech golfer Ryan Whalen birdied four straight holes while carding a final 68 to finish third at 210.  Barry Evans, who recently won the national PGA Club Professionals Championship, tied for fourth.  Leaders by rounds: first, Westfall 68, by one; second, Westfall and Davis tied, 137s.

Brad Westfall, Grafton             68-69-68—205
a-Sam O’Dell, Hurricane        70-71-67—208
a-Ryan Whalen, Bluefield       72-70-68—210
Barry Evans, Charleston         73-70-70—213
a-Tad Tomblin, Charleston    72-71-70—213
Scott Davis, Hurricane             70-67-77—214
a-Pat Carter, Huntington          71-70-73—214
Jonathan Clark, Hurricane      70-72-72—214
David Lawrence, Hurricane    71-73-71—215
a-Drew Whitten, Hurricane      72-72-71—215


2003:  The man dressed all in black, Brad Westfall, made up three strokes on the final nine holes to tie Pat Carter and then beat the perennial  state amateur champion in a three-hole playoff at the Pines Country Club in Morgantown. The victory gave Westfall his third Open title in four years and his fifth overall.  That put him second in Open wins behind Sam Snead’s 17.   Westfall, a former pro at the Pines, attracted most of the gallery and shot a final round 68 to catch Carter, who made an eight-foot putt on the last hole to shoot 70 and force the first three-hole playoff in Open history.  Both birdied the first playoff hole and parred the second.  Finally on the third hole, Carter came up short on his second shot, pitched to 15 feet and missed the putt for a bogey–another disappointment for Pat, who has come close several times but has never won the Open.  Westfall two-putted from 45 feet for a winning par.  The playoff was marked by controversy.  The two players glared at each other and had a heated discussion after Carter heard Westfall ripping off his Velcro glove while Carter was chipping for an eagle on the first playoff hole.  “He wasn’t doing it on purpose,” Carter said but called it a distraction.  Westfall later said he was sorry about the incident but said it pumped him up.  “I had fire in me,” he said.  The best round of the tournament was a 67 in the second round by Barry Evans, who finished third.   Leaders by rounds: first, Jonathan Clark and Jason Robinson tied, 68s; second, Evans 137, by one.

Brad Westfall, Grafton                    70-70-68—208
a-Pat Carter, Huntington                69-69-70—208
Barry Evans, Charleston                70-67-74—211
a-Burke Spensky, Huntington       70-69-74—213
Jonathan Clark, Hurricane            68-72-74—214
Jason Martin, Morgantown            69-73-73—215
Scott Davis, Hurricane                   69-73-75—217
Aaron Gizzi, Morgantown               71-75-72—218
a-Jason Robinson, Grafton          68-74-76—218
Tomas Lindh, Wheeling               71-78-70—219


2004:  An amateur finally beat all the pros in the 71st Open at Edgewood Country Club near Sissonville but it wasn’t Pat Carter.  The surprise champion was Shepherd University golfer David Bradshaw, 21, of  Harpers Ferry. Bradshaw became the first amateur to win the Open since Harold Payne in 1993 and was the youngest victor since Matt Cooke, 20, in 1981.  Bradshaw outdueled pro Jonathan Clark over the final holes.  Both four-putted the extremely fast, sloping 17th green for double bogeys to remain tied going into the 537-yard final hole.  Bradshaw hit his drive 286 yards in the fairway and put his second shot near the green 30 feet from the hole.  Clark’s drive ended up close to a tree and he had to punch a 4-iron shot under the tree, with the ball ending up 20 yards short of the green.  His chip shot came up 22 feet short and then his putt slipped past the hole.  Meanwhile, Bradshaw chipped to eight inches and tapped in for a winning birdie.  “”Now I can go home and not answer questions about Michelle Wie.  I’ve got something else attached to my name,” said Bradshaw, who beat the young phenom by two strokes in a U.S. Public Links qualifier.  As a consolation prize, Clark did receive the first place pro check of $5,000 from the $27,130 purse.  Carter had a hole-in-one on the 175-yard 10th hole, his first ace in competition. Leaders by rounds: first, Carter 69, by one; second, Bradshaw 137,  by three.

a-David Bradshaw, Harpers Ferry           70-67-72—209
Jonathan Clark, Hurricane                        73-67-70—210
a-Pat Carter, Huntington                            69-72-71—212
Brad Westfall, Morgantown                       71-72-70—213
Dave Lawrence, Nitro                                 70-71-72—213
Ed Vietmeier, Morgantown                        71-71-72—214
a-David Jude, Huntington                          71-70-74—215
a-Tim Fisher, Statts Mills                           71-73-73—217
Craig Berner, Charleston                          74-69-74—217
Scott Davis, Hurricane                               73-74-71—218



2005:  Edgewood pro Craig Berner sank a 50-foot chip shot on the fifth hole of a playoff to beat out Berry Hills pro Barry Evans for the Open title on the Raven Golf Club course at Snowshoe.  Evans shot a 69 in the final round and holed a 30-foot birdie putt on 18 to catch Berner who bogeyed. They tied with 215 totals.  Berner began the initial three-hole playoff  on holes 10, 17 and 18 by making a double-bogey on 10 but got a stroke back with a birdie on 17.  Both found trouble on 18 as Berner hit his second shot out of bounds for a bogey and Evans three-putted for a double bogey. That left them tied again and heading into sudden death.  Both parred 10 and then came the dramatic finish on 18.  Berner’s approach shot was just off the green while Evans put his ball 10 feet from the hole.  Berner lined up his chip and commented later, “”It was straight on line. It kept rolling and rolling.”  It rolled into the cup, causing a delighted Berner to pump his fist in the air.  Evans went over and high-fived Berner before lining up his own putt, which just missed on the left side.  Berner, 29, earned $6,000 while Evans got $3,750.  Bob Friend, the son of the former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher, missed the playoff by a stroke and finished third.  Leaders by rounds: first, Drew Whitten and Steve VanHorn tied, 69s; second, Berner 141, by one.

x-Craig Berner, Scott Depot         72-69-74_215
Barry Evans, Charleston              72-74-69_215
Bob Friend, Pittsburgh                 72-71-73_216
a-Drew Whitten, Hurricane          69-73-75_217
a-Steve VanHorn, Morgantown   69-74-75_218
a-Pat Carter, Huntington              72-73-75_220
Brad Westfall, Grafton                  75-74-72_221
Ty Roush, Mason                          70-77-74_221
a-Mitch Roush, Mason                 78-70-74_222
Scott Davis, Hurricane                 72-76-75_223

(x-won three-hole playoff)


2006: David Bradshaw became the first golfer to win the West Virginia Open as both an amateur and a professional.  Playing as a pro, Bradshaw captured his second title with a one-stroke victory on the Cobb Course at Glade Springs Resort. The win was worth $7,000 to Bradshaw, a native of Bakerton near Harpers Ferry. He posted a 215 total for three rounds to nose out three other players: pros Jonathan Clark and Barry Evans and amateur Pat Carter.  It was the second time Clark lost to Bradshaw by one stroke.  Clark held a one-shot lead going into the 15th hole but his attempt to cut the dogleg and drive over trees onto the green resulted in his ball ending up under a rhododendron bush in thick rough. That led to a bogey, dropping him back into a tie with Bradshaw.  “”I don’t regret it.  There is risk and reward.  I had done it before and made birdie twice,” Clark said. The 16th hole then proved costly to Clark as he drove out-of-bounds, resulting in a triple-bogey seven .“” I hated to see that at 16,” said Bradshaw, who played steady down the stretch. “I don’t like winning a golf tournament that way.  I don’t like when it’s handed to you like a gift.”  Carter shot a 68 in the final round to take low amateur honors for the seventh time.   Evans finished as a runner-up for the second straight year.  Leaders by rounds: first, Bradshaw 68, by two; second, Bradshaw and Ken Lacy tied, 141s.


David Bradshaw, Bakerton                 68-73-74–215
Barry Evans, Charleston                     74-70-72–216
Jonathan Clark, Hurricane                 75-67-74–216
a-Pat Carter, Huntington                    76-72-68–216
a-Michael Mays, Lester                      75-74-68–217
Brad Westfall,  Grafton                       71-73-74–218
Aaron Gizzzi, Morgantown                  74-75-70–219
Bob Friend, Pittsburgh                       71-76-72–219
a-David Boggs, Shepherdstown      76-72-71–219
Ken Lacy, Chapmanville                  72-69-78—219


2007: David Bradshaw traveled 3,000 miles to play in the West Virginia Open and he made the long trip worthwhile by winning his second straight Open title and third overall.  Once again, he posted a 215 score for 54 holes and won by one stroke over a trio of golfers, this time at the Lakeview Resort near Morgantown.  Bradshaw moved to La Jolla, California, near San Diego to compete on a pro tour.  He won $6,000 for his Open victory out of a total purse of $30,000.  The 74th Open was a wet affair with thunderstorms halting play both of the first two days.  In fact, Brawshaw had to play 30 holes the final day–the last 12 of his second round before his final 18. He hit 16 of 18 greens in the final round, took the lead and only needed to sink a 2-foot bogey putt on the last hole to win.  “”I hit it phenomenally well,”” Bradshaw said.  “”It was probably the best ball-striking round I have had in a long time.”  Pro Bob Friend, the son of the former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher, missed a 20-foot putt for a par on the final green that would have tied Bradshaw. Amateurs Pat Carter and Christian Brand also tied for second with 216 totals. Brand, a Marshall University golfer, shared the lead halfway through the final round only to fall back with bogeys on 15 and 17 before making a birdie on the long 620-yard 18th hole.  Leaders by rounds: first, Ryan Whalen, 70, by one; second, Bob Friend, 143, by one.

David Bradshaw, Harpers Ferry       75-69-71–215
Bob Friend, Morgantown                    72-71-73–216
a-Christian Brand, Charleston          74-70-72–216
a-Pat Carter, Huntington                     74-73-69–216
a-Tad Tomblin, Charleston                72-74-71–217
Andrew Dawes, Lewisburg                75-72-71–218
a-Matt Hicks, Sissonville                     75-69-74–218
a-Anthony Reale, Charleston            77-71-71–219
Brad Westfall, Grafton                        74-71-74–219
Craig Berner, Scott Depot                 74-77-69–220
2008:“I wanted this one in the ‘worst way,’ Barry Evans said, but he actually won his first West Virginia Open in the best way.  He birdied the last four holes and shot a 65 on his home Berry Hills course for a nine-under 201 total and a  three-stroke victory over three-time champion David Bradshaw in a terrific shootout.  Some 300 club members and friends gave pro Evans a rousing ovation on the final green. “If I never win another tournament, I’m good,’ said Evans, “This is the one event I wanted to win.” His pro buddies can no longer razz him for not winning the Open despite 13 finishes in the top 10.  He received a $7,500 check from the total purse of $34,000 and the Open trophy donated by former Berry Hills pro Joe Taylor.  Evans hit 17 of 18 greens in the final round and had a five-under 31 with six birdies on the back nine. Evans and Bradshaw traded the lead and were even after 14 holes when Evans began his concluding birdie barrage. Both made short birdie putts on No. 15.  Evans went for the pin on the 207-yard 16th hole and hit his tee shot to five feet for a birdie to take the lead. The 348-yard 17th hole proved decisive.  Evans sank a 40-foot uphill putt for another birdie and credited his 13-year-old son. William, his caddie, for giving him a perfect read.  Bradshaw put his second shot over the green into a bunker and had the bad luck of finding a small stone under the ball. His sand shot sailed over the green and he took a bogey, falling three strokes behind with one hole left.  Both players birdied the 510-yard final hole. “From the get go, it was a good match,” Bradshaw said. “He simply outplayed me at the end. I broke (par) 70 all three days, but shooting 65 is just too good.. It was fun to be a part of.”  No other players finished under par but Christian Brand made seven consecutive birdies in the second round for a 67. Tim Fisher took low amateur honors.  Leaders by rounds: first, Evans, 66, by one; second, Evans and Bradshaw tied, 136s.

Barry Evans, Charleston       66-70-65–201
David Bradshaw, Bakerton    69-67-68–204
Drew Whitten, Hurricane       71-71-69–211
a-Tim Fisher, Statts Mills        71-69-72–212
Brad Westfall, Grafton          74-67-73–214
Craig Berner, Scott Depot    71–67-77–215
a-Anthony Reale, Charleston   75-72-69–216
Darcy Donaldson, Athens    67-74-75–216
Bob Friend, Morgantown      73-74-71–218
Todd Westfall, Clendenin     75-71-72–218
a-Christian Brand, Charleston 75-67-76–218


2009: David Bradshaw, 26, won his fourth Open title in six years by defeating John Ross, 57, in a three-hole playoff on the Palmer Course at Oglebay Park in Wheeling. Both parred the first playoff hole before Bradshaw birdied the next two, sinking a 10-foot downhill putt on the final hole to clinch victory with Ross’ ball just three feet from the cup.  “I made one putt today, and that was enough on the last hole,” Bradshaw said. “”That’s all it took.” He earned $6,000 out of the $30,000 purse and is now tied for third in Open titles with Clem Wiechman, Scott Davis and Harold Payne behind only Sam Snead (17) and Brad Westfall (5). Ross, a two-time Open champion, forced the playoff by shooting a final round 67 with six birdies. Ross had a chance to take the lead on the 291-yard final hole in regulation as he drove just short of the green but missed the birdie putt. The Open players alternated between the Palmer and Jones courses at Oglebay in the first two rounds With the Palmer yielding subpar rounds and the Jones proving difficult although both are par 71s. Chris McGinnis led the the first round with a 67 on the Palmer but had an 82 the next day on the Jones. It all evened out as 12 golfers were within four strokes of the lead going into the final round on the Palmer. Marshall University golfer Bosten Miller shook off a four-putt green and shot 67 and 69 in his last two rounds to finish third and take low amateur honors, missing the playoff by a stroke. Pro Jason Robinson aced the 11th hole on the Jones Course. Pat Carter didn’t play due to a business trip. Leaders by rounds: first, McGinnis 67, by one; second, Bradshaw and Bob Friend, 142s.

x-David Bradshaw, Bakerton          71-71-69–211
John Ross, Freeman                       73-71-67–211
a-Bosten Miller, Charleston            76-67-69–212
Matthew Hicks, Charleston             68-77-68–213
Darcy Donaldson, Ontario               70-73-70–213
Justin Caroli, Bridgeport                  74-69-70–213
Bob Friend, Morgantown                  73-69-71–213
Scott Davis, Hurricane                      73-75-67–215
Jonathan Clark, Hurricane               69-75-72–216
Barry Evans, Charleston                   75-74-68–217
John Brautigam, Morgantown          78-70-69–217
a-Tim Fisher, Statts Mills                  73-72-72–217
a-Ryan Mason, Bridgeport               71-75-71–217
x-won in three-hole playoff