Jane Blalock

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Jane Blalock
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1945-09-19) September 19, 1945 (age 69)
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Boston, Massachusetts
Career
College Rollins College
Turned professional 1969
Retired 1986
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (1969–86)
Professional wins 34
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 27
LPGA of Japan Tour 3
Other 4
Best results in LPGA major championships
Titleholders C'ship T7: 1972
ANA Inspiration T34: 1985, 1986
LPGA Championship 2nd: 1972, 1980
U.S. Women's Open 3rd/T3: 1971, 1976
du Maurier Classic 4th: 1980
Achievements and awards
LPGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
1969

Jane Blalock (born September 19, 1945) is a retired American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1969 and won 27 LPGA Tour events in all.

Amateur career[edit]

Blalock was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She began golfing at age 13, and won the New Hampshire Amateur five straight times beginning in 1965, plus the New England Amateur in 1968. She attended Rollins College in Florida, graduating in 1967 with a degree in history. She tied for fifth at the 1969 LPGA Burdine's Invitational as an amateur.

Professional career[edit]

Black joined the LPGA Tour in 1969 and earned the LPGA Rookie of the Year award. She won her first tournament in 1970. She won 25 tournaments during the 1970s and never missed a cut through 1980, making 299 straight cuts, which remains a Tour record. She went winless from 1981 to 1984, then won twice in 1985 for what would be her final victories. She retired from competition in 1987.

Blalock has won the most times on the LPGA without winning a major. She finished second twice at the LPGA Championship. She did win the Dinah Shore Colgate Winner's Circle in 1972, an event later upgraded to major status. With 27 wins, she matches the current point total required for World Golf Hall of Fame membership, but lacks a major win or Player of the Year or Vare Trophy necessary for consideration.[1]

Blalock owns a golf event management firm and started the LPGA Golf Clinics for Women program. She also played a role in founding the Women's Senior Golf Tour (now called the Legends Tour).[2] She is a member of the New England Sports Hall of Fame.

Accused of cheating[edit]

At the 1972 Bluegrass Invitational in Louisville, Kentucky, Blalock was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. Tourney director Gene McAuliff said Blalock did not mark her ball properly on the 17th green and then failed to take a two-stroke penalty for the infraction as required.[3] Twice in the weeks after the Louisville tournament, Blalock had to appear before the LPGA executive committee and Blalock admitted her guilt.[4] Twenty-seven tour players signed a petition[5] asking that Blalock be harshly punished but Sandra Palmer defended her.[6] Blalock was suspended for one year. She sued the LPGA Tour[7] and was allowed to continue playing.[8] A federal court in 1974 ruled that the LPGA had violated antitrust laws.[9] The litigation was settled in 1975[10] and eventually led to the hiring of the first Tour commissioner.[11]

In 1976, Blalock testified for the LPGA Tour in a suit against a sponsor trying to start a Women's Masters Tournament.[12]

Professional wins (34)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (27)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Aug 9, 1970 Lady Carling Open +2 (72-79-70=221) 1 stroke United States Betsy Rawls
2 Jun 11, 1971 George Washington Classic −11 (68-72-68=208) 2 strokes United States JoAnne Carner
3 Aug 8, 1971 Lady Pepsi Open −5 (72-70-72=214) 1 stroke United States JoAnne Carner
4 Apr 16, 1972 Dinah Shore Colgate Winner's Circle −3 (71-70-72=213) 3 strokes United States Carol Mann, United States Judy Rankin
5 May 14, 1972 Suzuki Golf Internationale −8 (68-70-70=208) 1 stroke United States Kathy Whitworth
6 Sep 10, 1972 Dallas Civitan Open −5 (68-74-69=211) Playoff United States Kathy Whitworth
7 Nov 5, 1972 Lady Errol Classic −2 (71-70-73=214) Playoff United States Sandra Palmer, United States Kathy Whitworth
8 Mar 17, 1974 Bing Crosby International Classic −1 (74-74-67=215) 2 strokes United States Jo Ann Prentice
9 Apr 28, 1974 Birmingham Classic −5 (73-68-70=211) 3 strokes United States Sandra Palmer
10 Sep 2, 1974 Southgate Ladies Open −2 (70-72=142) Tie[1] United States Sue Roberts
11 Nov 24, 1974 Lady Errol Classic −1 (70-75-70=215) Playoff United States Jo Ann Prentice
12 Mar 29, 1975 Karsten-Ping Open −7 (70-71-68=209) 1 stroke United States JoAnne Carner
13 Aug 15, 1976 Wheeling Classic +1 (72-72-73=217) Playoff United States Pat Bradley
14 Sep 12, 1976 Dallas Civitan Open −11 (67-67-71=205) 9 strokes United States Kathy Whitworth
15 May 15, 1977 Greater Baltimore Golf Classic −10 (69-72-68=209) 3 strokes United States Joyce Kazmierski, Japan Takako Kiyamoto
16 Sep 25, 1977 The Sarah Coventry −10 (72-70-69-71=282) 3 strokes United States Debbie Austin, United States Pat Meyers
17 Feb 20, 1978 Orange Blossom Classic −4 (71-71-70=212) 2 strokes United States Gloria Ehret
18 Jul 3, 1978 Mayflower Classic −7 (69-72-68=209) 3 strokes United States Joyce Kazmierski
19 Jul 9, 1978 Wheeling Classic −9 (68-67-72=207) 7 strokes United States Kathy Martin
20 May 29, 1978 Golden Lights Championship (California) −12 (67-68-70-71=276) 2 strokes United States Hollis Stacy
21 Feb 25, 1979 Orange Blossom Classic −11 (66-69-70=205) 6 strokes Canada Sandra Post
22 Apr 22, 1979 Florida Lady Citrus −6 (74-68-74-70=286) Playoff United States JoAnne Carner
23 Apr 29, 1979 Otey Crisman Classic −11 (68-65-72=205) 6 strokes United States Pat Bradley
24 Jun 17, 1979 The Sarah Coventry −12 (69-70-69-72=280) 6 strokes United States Alice Ritzman
25 Feb 10, 1980 Elizabeth Arden Classic −5 (70-66-73-74=283) 1 stroke United States Jerilyn Britz, United States Debbie Massey
26 Mar 17, 1985 Women's Kemper Open −5 (71-69-72-75=287) 1 stroke United States Pat Bradley
27 Nov 10, 1985 Mazda Japan Classic −10 (72-70-64=206) 2 strokes Taiwan Ai-Yu Tu

1 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.

  • Blalock won the Dinah Shore Colgate Winner's Circle (now known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship) before it became a major championship.

LPGA Tour playoff record (5–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1971 Quality First Classic United States Judy Rankin Lost to par on second extra hole
2 1972 Dallas Civitan Open United States Kathy Whitworth Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1972 Lady Errol Classic United States Sandra Palmer, United States Kathy Whitworth Won with birdie on third extra hole
4 1974 Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle United States Sandra Haynie, United States Jo Ann Prentice Prentice won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Haynie eliminated with par on second hole
5 1974 Lady Errol Classic United States Jo Ann Prentice Won with birdie on first extra hole
6 1976 Wheeling Classic United States Pat Bradley Won with par on first extra hole
7 1979 Florida Lady Citrus United States JoAnne Carner Won with par on second extra hole
8 1981 Birmingham Classic United States Beth Solomon Lost to par on third extra hole

LPGA of Japan Tour wins (3)[edit]

Other wins (4)[edit]

  • 1972 (1) Angelo's Four-Ball Championship (with Sandra Palmer)
  • 1973 (1) Angelo's Four-Ball Championship (with Sandra Palmer)
  • 1975 (1) Colgate Triple Crown
  • 1977 (1) Colgate Triple Crown

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