The gig also allowed Bradshaw to refine his game.
"I would play with them,'' he said. "I was staying competitive. I was playing tournament golf without playing in any tournaments. They beat me one time. I had to shoot some low numbers to do it. I had a couple of kids who could break par.''
Once Bradshaw began entering tournaments again in late spring, his game took off.
He took second in a mini-tour event in California then missed qualifying for the U.S. Open earlier this month by four strokes in a 36-hole sectional qualifier in San Francisco in which 130 golfers were vying for seven spots.
Bradshaw hopes the uptick continues at today's Greenbrier Classic qualifier, where he has been seemingly snake-bitten. He lost out on the final qualifying spot as part of a five-way playoff in 2010 and a six-way playoff in 2011.
"Obviously the biggest thing would be to get into the Greenbrier and have a good showing there,'' he said. "I certainly like Glade Springs and I've played historically well there. It's going to come down to a few shots. You have to keep your fingers crossed and hope it's your time.''
All signs seem to be indicating this could be the breakthrough Bradshaw has been waiting for.
"You just do the best you can and wait,'' he said. "I've come so close I feel like it's right there. I feel like I can reach out and touch it.
"I have continually gotten better year after year. Hopefully that's good enough. You hope however good you are, it can take you to the next level. I hope it's my time. I feel ready mentally and physically.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson