VIENNA, W.Va. - The last time someone dominated the West Virginia Open like David Bradshaw, it was a fellow named Slammin' Sammy Snead.
Pretty good company.
Bradshaw, from the tiny Jefferson County town of Bakerton, captured his seventh State Open crown in the last 10 years on Friday at the par-72 Parkersburg Country Club course. The only man to win the event more often was Snead, the legendary PGA golfer and former pro at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs.
Snead took the State Open championship 17 times in a stretch of 37 years, winning his first in 1936 and his last in 1973 at age 61.
He only "came home'' to play in the Open 20 times, the final one coming in 1979 at Williams Country Club in Weirton. The rest of the time he was tearing up the PGA Tour, claiming a record 82 titles, including seven majors.
Certainly, it's hard to compare the two golfers from vastly different eras, but there they are together atop the state's all-time list - each the most dominant figure of his generation (if you can figure out Snead's generation, that is).
"You can't really compare Dave to Sam - he's the incomparable, you know,'' said Ken Tackett, executive director of the West Virginia Golf Association.
"But [Bradshaw] is out there on the tour. Christian Brand is out there on the tour. Now it's mini-tours, and they're trying to make the cuts, but it's very similar. They're still West Virginia guys that are out there trying to figure out their way, find their way in golf. And they come back and play in the State Open. It's part of their routine, just like Mr. Snead did.''
The late Snead is the only one to have won four Open crowns in a row - doing it twice, from 1970-73 and previously, from 1957-61 (there was no tournament held in 1959). Snead also captured three in a row twice - exactly 30 years apart (1936-38, 1966-68).
Bradshaw (2009-11) and Harold Payne (1986-88) are the only others to make it to three straight.
"[My name] isn't going to be mentioned next to his for [PGA] Tour starts, that's for sure,'' Bradshaw said, grinning. "I guess it's awesome because Sam happened to be from here. If he were from North Carolina, he probably would have won that 17 times. But he happened to be from here, and it's awesome for the state of West Virginia, and it's awesome to have my name next to him.
"When I play in the Open, my goal is to win, but my goal is to play on the PGA Tour - just flat. I want to play on Tour, I want to win on Tour. That's where I want to be.''
So what would the ultra-competitive Snead think of the 30-year-old Bradshaw - or perhaps any golfer - bold enough to start chasing his efforts in the record books?
"What would he think of me?'' Bradshaw said. "He would wonder, 'Why are you not playing on the Tour?' He probably would.