Jane Blalock
Professional golfer
Jane Blalock
Jane Blalock is a retired American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1969 and won 27 LPGA Tour events in all.
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Metropolitan PGA Professional Carl Alexander Named Recipient of the 2012 Horton Smith Award
Bedford-Katonah Patch - over 4 years
Carl Alexander of Bedford, N.Y., whose leadership within the Metropolitan PGA Section resulted in showcasing both model programs and inspiring new audiences to the game, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Horton Smith Award for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education. Alexander, 46 is PGA director of golf at The Golf Club of Purchase (N.Y.), and a 16-year member of The PGA of America. He is the fourth member of the Metropolitan PGA Section to receive the Horton Smith Award, which was established in 1965, and named for the late Past PGA President and inaugural Masters Champion. Alexander will be honored during The PGA of America Awards ceremony Jan. 24, 2013, during the 60th PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center’s Chapin Theater in Orlando, Fla. The program also will honor the following recipients: Mike Schultz of Eden Prairie, Minn. – PGA Golf Professional of the Year Michael Breed of Greenwich, Conn. – PGA Teacher ...
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August 15, 2011: Golf on this day…. - Montreal Gazette (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
1976 – Jane Blalock wins LPGA Tour Wheeling Classic; first-place prize money – $7000. 1976 – Dave Stockton wins PGA Tour major PGA Championship at Congressional; first-place prize money – $45000. 1982 – Beth Daniel wins LPGA Tour WUI Classic;
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Today in sports history - Hamilton Spectator
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1971: Jane Blalock won the LPGA Lady Pepsi Golf Open. 1976: The Chicago White Sox suited up in shorts. 1977: The Texas Rangers turned their first triple-play, against the Oakland A's. 1982: Ray Floyd shot a 272 at Southern Hills Tulsa in the 64th PGA
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Getting busy on the links in July - Waterbury Republican American (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Past champions include our own Caroline Keggi, Pat Bradley, Marcia Dolan, Joanne Carner, and Jane Blalock. Impressive enough for you? Jane Witherwax of the CWGA said that 90 players are expected, including several top junior stars
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July 3, 2011: Golf on this day…. - Montreal Gazette (blog)
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1978 – Jane Blalock wins LPGA Tour major Mayflower Golf Classic; first-place prize money – $11250. 1983 – Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Tour major Du Maurier Classic; first-place prize money – $37500. 1983 – Mark McCumber wins PGA Tour Western Open;
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Yani Tseng's statement win - ESPN
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It's more than greats Carol Mann, Beth Daniel, Judy Rankin and Jane Blalock won combined. "Everybody talks about how far she hits it, they talk about her talent," Sorenstam said. "But I just think it speaks a lot about her mental ability
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June 17, 2011: Golf on this day…. - Montreal Gazette (blog)
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1979 – Jane Blalock wins LPGA Tour Sarah Coventry Tournament; first-place prize money – $15000. 1979 – Hale Irwin wins PGA Tour major US Open at Inverness Club; first-place prize money – $50000. 1984 – Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Tour Mayflower Classic;
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Lack of fan support on Seacoast a growing concern - Seacoastonline.com
Google News - over 5 years
"You do some soul-searching after," said Legends Tour CEO Jane Blalock, a Portsmouth native who was the driving force behind bringing this event here in 2010. "One thing we see is that Portsmouth, the Seacoast, had never held a world-class competition
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AP Sportlight - Kitsap Sun
Google News - over 5 years
1980 — Sally Little wins the LPGA Championship by three strokes over Jane Blalock. 1985 — Creme Fraiche, ridden by Eddie Maple, becomes the first gelding to win the Belmont Stakes, beating Stephan's Odyssey by a half-length. 1986 — Larry Bird scores
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The First Tee thanks Handa Cup and sponsors - Seacoastonline.com
Google News - over 5 years
It is a great event and one that Portsmouth's Jane Blalock has brought to the Seacoast in her role as President and CEO of The Legends Tour. On behalf of the board, staff, parents and children of The First Tee of New Hampshire and as the charity of
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Wentworth By The Sea Country Club supports First Tee New Hampshire. - Foster's Daily Democrat
Google News - almost 6 years
“The Handa Cup is a world class event, showcasing some of the greatest professional women golfers of all time, and we are proud to host it at such a world class facility like the Wentworth By The Sea Country Club,” said Jane Blalock, CEO of the Legends
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Blalock embraces the gift of golf - Seacoastonline.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Portsmouth native Jim Blalock is the brother of former LPGA star Jane Blalock and a former schoolboy champion at Portsmouth High School. But his love for golf waned until he started teaching the game to kids for The First Tee of New Hampshire
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Tennis pro Gambill conducting clinics in Rye on Saturday - Seacoastonline.com
Google News - almost 6 years
It's another coup for the Wentworth, which next week will open its fairways for the 6th annual Handa Cup, a Legends Tour golf event featuring several LPGA Hall of Famers and spearheaded by Portsmouth native Jane Blalock. "It's a pretty sweet event,"
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Bradley returning 'home' to Granite State in two weeks - Nashua Telegraph
Google News - almost 6 years
The Handa Cup is an international team competition similar to the Ryder Cup or the Solheim Cup that features the greats of women's golf and is part of the Legends Tour run by New Hampshire native Jane Blalock. The United States will take on a team from
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Handa Cup full rosters announced - My Fox Boston
Google News - almost 6 years
Legends Tour CEO Jane Blalock announced all 24 names during a press conference today at Wentworth By The Sea CC where the Handa Cup will be held this May 19 - 22. Newly announced additions to the US Team include: Nancy Lopez, Meg Mallon,
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Veteran Players Lobby U.S.G.A. For a Women's Senior Open
NYTimes - over 6 years
OAKMONT, Pa. -- On a golf range last fall in Palm Harbor, Fla., a woman in a row of middle-aged professional players advanced the idea of trying to qualify for the next United States Senior Open, a tournament associated with men but technically not limited to them. The symphony of pings and thwacks stopped, replaced by a chorus of ''Yeah!'' and
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WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN; Old Course Plays Exactly as Ochoa Imagined It
NYTimes - over 9 years
The Old Course at St. Andrews is for the discerning artist, its holes blending together like colors in an Impressionist painting. It takes a creative mind to conquer a layout in which the fairways are not neatly framed by trees and the greens look more like amorphous puddles than elbow patches sewn into the ground. Lorena Ochoa, the world's No.
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Results Plus
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: Tennis Lendl Forced to Rally: Top-seeded Ivan Lendl rallied to beat 18-year-old David Wheaton, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2, yesterday to advance to the quarterfinals of the $232,000 D.C. Tennis Classic in Washington. Boris Becker and Jimmy Connors moved into the final eight with straight-set victories. Becker, the second seed, rallied from a 3-4 first-set
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RINKER TAKES LEAD ON BIRDIES
NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: Laurie Rinker birdied four of her last nine holes today to come from behind and take the second-round lead in the Mazda L.P.G.A. Championship by a shot over Deb Richard. Rinker is two shots ahead of five other golfers, including Ayako Okamoto of Japan. Laurie Rinker birdied four of her last nine holes today to come from behind and take the
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GOLF; BLALOCK LOOKS FORWARD TO RETIREMENT IN 1988
NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: Jane Blalock, who won a precedent-setting legal battle to remain on the tour 15 years ago, said she would retire from women's professional golf after this season to become a financial consultant. Jane Blalock, who won a precedent-setting legal battle to remain on the tour 15 years ago, said she would retire from women's professional golf
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jane Blalock
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 70
    As of 2016, Blalock continues to maintain an office in Boston.
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  • 2014
    Age 68
    Voted into the Legends Hall of Fame in 2014 by a committee of LPGA veterans, she remains founder and CEO of both the Legends Tour for veteran female LPGA golfers and the LPGA Golf Clinics for Women.
    More Details Hide Details Her company, JBC Golf, Inc., manages both programs. Associated with various boards and non-profit organizations, she has authored two books: The Guts To Win (Simon & Schuster, 1977) and Gimmies, Bogies and Business (Mastermedia, 1999). Jane Blalock was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on September 19, 1945. Raised in Portsmouth, her father, Richard Blalock, worked as a newspaper editor in town. She began golfing at age 13, and credits her family with being supportive of her different endeavors, including athletics. After years of practicing golf at the nearby country club, Blalock attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She continued to play amateur golf as she studied, winning the New Hampshire Amateur five consecutive times beginning in 1965, and also winning the Florida Intercollegiate Championship in 1966.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2001
    Age 55
    Blalock worked to make sure the tour was the official senior tour of the LPGA in 2001, and the Women's Senior Golf Tour is now called the Legends Tour.
    More Details Hide Details Initially it grew from two annual events to 11 events by 2013, to 14 events in 2016. The tour has donated significant amounts to charity. Blalock was on the WSGT Board of Directors for years, later only serving as CEO of The Legends Tour (The WDGA). She is an ambassador for the International Sports Promotion Society. In 1986, Blalock moved from Florida to Boston, Massachusetts to work in finance.
  • 1996
    Age 50
    From 1996 to 2000, Blalock worked to organize a new senior golf tour for older and often retired LPGA athletes. After receiving support from 24 other founding members and a 3-year sponsorship program from the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, The Women's Senior Golf Tour debuted in August 2000 in Green Bay, Wisconsin with a minimum age of 43 and a $500,000 purse, with $75,000 going to the winner.
    More Details Hide Details Around 30,000 people attended over three days. The senior tour paid a fee to the LPGA for permission to involve active LPGA players, but otherwise remained independent.
  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 49
    In 1995, JBC Golf received the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's Volunteerism Award for work on the Gillette LPGA Golf Clinic Series.
    More Details Hide Details Blalock has been a periodic television commentator for ESPN Golf, and she has also been a golf commentator for NBC. She published her second book Gimmies, Bogeys and Business, a "guide to using golf for success in business," in 1999. In December 1994, publications such as the Los Angeles Times and the Seattle Times reported that Blalock was organizing the Volvo Legends Series for women aged 45 and older. 24 players had accepted invitations to participate at that point, including JoAnne Carner, Kathy Whitworth, Sandra Haynie, Sandra Palmer, Judy Rankin, Carol Mann and Donna Caponi. Two Volvo tournaments, one in Phoenix, Arizona and one in Atlanta, took place in 1995 for $150,000 each. Prime Network broadcast delayed television coverage of the events. While Blalock clarified that the Volvo Legends Series was not officially affiliated with the LPGA, she did state that "neither the LPGA opposed." The Volvo series put on two successful events before dissolving after one year.
  • 1991
    Age 45
    She later held a clinic in May 1991 as a day-long program sponsored by Mazda, with the intent of building skill and confidence among businesswomen players.
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  • 1990
    Age 44
    Also in 1990, Blalock founded the LPGA Golf Clinics for Women program, helping teach the clinics herself.
    More Details Hide Details The inaugural clinic was held over three days in Washington, D.C., selling out its 100 spots.
    In 1990 she became CEO of JBC Golf, Inc., a new incarnation of her company. JBC would go on to develop relationships with the LPGA Tour, the PGA Tour, and the Senior PGA Tour, as well as with various sponsors and non-profit organizations. Blalock was appointed to the President's Council for Sports and Physical Fitness in 1990, receiving the appointment from George HW Bush.
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  • 1988
    Age 42
    Shortly before she retired from professional golf in 1988, in 1987 Blalock founded The Jane Blalock Company (JBC) in Boston, initially focusing on creating a "consulting and event implementation business."
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    In early 1988, she retired from women's professional golf to become a financial consultant.
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  • 1987
    Age 41
    By April 1987, she had won 27 events and accumulated $1,300,000 in prize money, with 11 holes-in-one.
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  • 1986
    Age 40
    Blalock began working for Merrill Lynch in 1986, and as of April 1987, she was living near Boston and working for Merrill Lynch as a vice president.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 39
    Leaving the LPGA tour in 1985 but not the sport, she retired from full-time competition in 1987.
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    In 1985, Golf Digest named her Comeback Player of the Year.
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    However, in March 1985 she won the Women's Kemper Open in Hawaii, her 26th LPGA victory in sixteen years.
    More Details Hide Details She also won the Mazda Japan Classic that year, as one of her two final victories on the LPGA tour.
  • 1981
    Age 35
    From 1981 until 1984, Blalock failed to win a tournament as she nursed a herniated disc.
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    Writing a column for the Miami Herald in 1981, Blalock expressed frustration with the LPGA's use of sex appeal in promoting the women's tour, noting particularly controversial photos of Jan Stephenson in the tour publication Fairways Magazine.
    More Details Hide Details In July 1983, Blalock became the LPGA's seventh "millionaire" in terms of winnings.
  • 1980
    Age 34
    She broke her streak on October 10, 1980, after the LPGA requested she play at Inamori Golf Classic outside San Diego, California.
    More Details Hide Details Afterwards she went winless for four years.
  • 1978
    Age 32
    In 1978, Greg Hanson of The Evening Independent described her as "one of the foremost women golfers of her time," calling her experience with the suspension a "dark age" in the LPGA's behavior.
    More Details Hide Details By 1980, Blalock held the record for "going through 299 consecutive tournaments without missing a cut (1969 through 1980)," which was a record for both the LPGA and PGA.
  • 1977
    Age 31
    In 1977 she published her autobiography, The Guts to Win, through Simon & Schuster.
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    After successfully fighting a suspension from the LPGA for allegedly signing an incorrect scorecard a month after Dinah Shore, by 1977 she was the sixth-highest paid female golfer of all time.
    More Details Hide Details The Evening Independent described her as "one of the foremost women golfers of her time" the following year. Nursing a herniated disc, Blalock failed to win a tournament from 1981 until 1984, though after two wins in 1985 she was named Comeback Player of the Year by Golf Digest. Since retiring in 1987, Blalock continues to hold the world record for "most consecutive cuts made on a professional golf tour," with her 299 unbroken cuts considered the longest streak for any LPGA Tour or PGA Tour player in history. She also has the most wins of any LPGA player without a major championship.
  • 1976
    Age 30
    Blalock continued to win tournaments into 1976, and in September the Times Daily reported that she had "coasted to a whopping nineshot victory" in the $50,000 Dallas Civitan Open."
    More Details Hide Details The article detailed that "Blalock's one-under 71 Sunday produced a tournament record 11-under 205 for the 54-hole distance, breaking the previous best - set last year by Carol Mann - by three shots. It was the widest victory margin on the ladies tour this year."
    In 1976, Blalock testified for the LPGA Tour in support of a sponsor trying to host a Women's Masters.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 29
    She also remains involved with the Blalock family restaurant, which she helped open on June 10, 1975 as Old Ferry Landing in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
    More Details Hide Details Blalock's likeness on the golf course has been painted by American artist LeRoy Neiman. The 1974 Southgate Ladies Open was shortened to 36 holes due to inclement weather. Since a playoff was not possible, Blalock and Sue Roberts were declared co-champions. LPGA Tour playoff record (5–3)
    She won the Colgate Triple Crown in 1975 and 1977, also winning the International Mixed Championship at Waterville, Ireland in 1978 while teamed up with Ray Floyd.
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    In 1975, Blalock won the World Ladies Championship in Japan, an achievement which she would repeat the very next year.
    More Details Hide Details Golf Magazine named her to its All-American Team twice, also naming her to its LPGA All-American Team for three consecutive years total.
  • 1972
    Age 26
    Blalock came in second at the 1972 LPGA Championship.
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    In May 1972, she won the Suzuki Golf International Tournament in Pasadena, California, besting Kathy Whitworth.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly afterwards Blalock was disqualified from the Bluegrass Invitational for allegedly placing a ball incorrectly, and then failing to mark a two stroke penalty on her scorecard. Within a month, the LPGA Tour would move to suspend Blalock. In response, she filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the LPGA, obtaining an order to allow her to continue playing until the lawsuit had run its course. The rules violation conflict would continue until 1975, when after losing several appeals and being ordered to pay damages to Blalock, the LPGA agreed to settle. Despite the ongoing lawsuit, in 1972 Blalock went on to win the Dallas Civitan Open and the Lady Errol Classic.
  • 1970
    Age 24
    Blalock won Most Improved Golfer at the LGPA Golf Awards in both 1970 and 1971, and those same years Golf Digest named her their "most improved professional."
    More Details Hide Details On April 16, 1972, won the inaugural version of the Dinah Shore Colgate Winner's Circle, earning "the richest prize in women's gold history" with the $20,000 first place award. The Dinah Shore event would later be upgraded to a women's major golf championship. That moment for golfers was 40 years ago Dinah Shore. We began getting corporate-type sponsors. We had celebrities wanting to meet us and play with us. We were asked to do television commercials." Blalock in particular recollects doing a commercial with Jan Miner.
    Blalock won her first professional tour victory at the Lady Carling Event in Atlanta, Georgia in 1970, beating Betsy Rawls by one stroke.
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  • 1969
    Age 23
    She earned 1969 LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year.
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    Her first purse was in Louisville, Kentucky in 1969 for $264.
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  • 1967
    Age 21
    She won the New England Amateur tournament in 1967 and 1968.
    More Details Hide Details The following winter, Blalock returned to work at a country club in Florida, laboring on the driving range and doing odd jobs while listening to Toski advise students. Though she had yet to win a tournament outside of New England, at age 23 Blalock left her job as a history teacher to become a professional golfer.
    She graduated from Rollins College in 1967 with a degree in history.
    More Details Hide Details Blalock began working as a high school history teacher upon graduation, and a year later she borrowed money to return from New Hampshire to Florida, where she spent five weeks taking lessons from golfer and instructor Bob Toski.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on September 19, 1945.
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