August 17, 2011

ONE OF THE GUYS AT WORK EVEN BEAT HIM IN THE STATE TOURNEY IN H.S.:

He's Must-See TV: Bradley Catches Eye of Valley Golf Public (Greg Fennell, 8/16/11, Valley News)

Jerome Doherty has little reason to turn on his television. He had the service shut off two years ago.

But he was watching Sunday night.

Knowing his most famous former pupil from the Woodstock Union High School golf team was in the hunt for a PGA Championship title, Doherty and his wife, Patrice, stationed themselves at the Woodstock Inn with another couple, Mary and Carl McQaig of South Woodstock.

It was there that they saw history.

"They were driving back from the other side of New Hampshire, heard about Keegan's play and came running into the inn just in time to see the last deciding holes," the former Wasps golf coach recalled in an e-mail yesterday of Bradley's historic win at Atlanta Athletic Club, built on a comeback from a five-shot deficit over the last four holes of regulation play and a win of an ensuing three-hole aggregate playoff.

"We all jumped around yelling and fist-knocking each other, which soon turned into heartfelt hugs of sheer joy for 'our young lad.' We were so happy to see the whole Bradley family on the green celebrating. We commented that they always were a 'smiling family.' "

Bradley has a way of producing that reaction in people, even eight years after leaving the area following his 11th-grade year at Woodstock High. Because of that, the 25-year-old had the Upper Valley golf community's rapt attention on Sunday as he rallied past Jason Dufner for his first major championship and his second win in his rookie PGA Tour season.


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