Who's who: Jane Blalock

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Who's who: Jane Blalock

  • Name:

    Barbara Jane Blalock
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    Sept 19, 1945 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer; golf writer; various business interests.
  • Turned Pro:

    1969
  • Website:

    https://www.cowen-design.com

Roll of Honour

Total professional wins (34), including LPGA Tour (27) and Japan Tour (3). LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year (1969).

Did you know?

Born in New Hampshire, Blalock started golf aged 13, and won the New Hampshire amateur title five straight times from 1965. She studied at Rollins College, nr Orlando, Florida before turning professional in 1969. In that same year she joined the LPGA Tour, and won the tour's Rookie of the Year award. Future years saw her win 27 times on the tour, as well as carding three victories in Japan.

In 1972 Blalock was involved in a cheating controversy, based on the marking of her ball on greens. She was adjudged by the LPGA to have behaved "inconsistently with the LPGA's code of ethics," and subsequently fined and suspended from the Tour. Blalock filed a lawsuit contesting the LPGA's actions. She won the case, which prevented the punishments from being fully enforced.

Blalock played a role in founding the Women's Senior Golf Tour (now called the Legends Tour), and owns a golf event management business.

Top tournaments won by Jane Blalock

1985
Asia
Musashigaoka CC
206 (-10)
US$45,000
Mazda

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Musashigaoka CC

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

US$45,000

Title sponsor

Mazda

Played as the Mazda Japan Classic (LPGA & Jpn LPGA Trs event). Second-placed Ai-yu Tu (Taiw) finished 2 shots behind Blalock (USA). [Musashigaoka CC, Hanno, Saitama, Japan].

1985
America
287 (-5)
$45,000
Kemper

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Score

287 (-5)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

Kemper

Played as the Women's Kemper Open. Pat Bradley (USA) finished 1 shot behind Blalock (USA), who sunk a 12-foot putt at the last hole to clinch her first win since 1980. [Royal Ka'anapali course, Ka'anapali Resort, Maui, Hawaii; at the time known as the North course].

1980
America
283 (-5)
$15,000
Elizabeth Arden

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

Elizabeth Arden

Played as the Elizabeth Arden Classic. Second-placed Debbie Massey (USA) and Jerilyn Britz (USA) finished 1 shot behind Blalock (USA), who recorded her 25th LPGA Tour win. [Soffer course, Turberry Isle Resort, Aventura, FL; at the time called the South course].

1979
America
Green Valley CC
205 (-11)
$15,000
Otey Crisman

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Green Valley CC

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

Otey Crisman

Played as the Otey Crisman Classic. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) finished 6 shots behind Blalock (USA). [Green Valley CC, Birmingham, Alabama].

1979
America
Pasadena GC
205 (-11)
$11,250
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Pasadena GC

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

$11,250

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Orange Blossom Classic. Second-placed Sandra Post (Can) finished 6 shots behind defending champion Blalock (USA). [Pasadena GC, Gulfport, Florida; now called Pasadena Yatch & CC].

1979
America
Rio Pinar CC
286 (-6)
$15,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Rio Pinar CC

Score

286 (-6)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Florida Lady Citrus. Blalock (USA) beat JoAnne Carner (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole. [Rio Pinar CC, Orlando, Florida].

1979
America
Locust Hill CC
280 (-12)
$15,000
Sarah Coventry

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Locust Hill CC

Score

280 (-12)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

Sarah Coventry

Played as the Sarah Coventry Classic (formerly Bankers Trust Classic). Second-placed Alice Ritzman (USA) finished 6 shots behind Blalock (USA). [Locust Hill CC, Pittsford, Rochester, NY].

1978
America
Harbour Trees
209 (-7)
$11,250
Mayflower

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Harbour Trees

Score

209 (-7)

Prize money

$11,250

Title sponsor

Mayflower

Played as the Mayflower Classic. Second-placed Joyce Kazmierski (USA) finished 3 shots behind Blalock (USA). [Harbour Trees GC, Noblesville, Indiana].

1978
America
276
$15,000
Golden Lights

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Score

276

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

Golden Lights

Played as the Golden Lights Championship. Hollis Stacy finished in second place behind Blalock.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Score

207 (-9)

Prize money

$11,250

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Wheeling Classic. Second-placed Kathy Martin (USA) finished 7 shots behind Blalock (USA). [Jones course, Speidel GC, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, WV].

1978
America
Pasadena GC
212 (-4)
$9,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Pasadena GC

Score

212 (-4)

Prize money

$9,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Orange Blossom Classic. Second-placed Gloria Ehret (USA) finished 2 shots behind Blalock (USA). [Pasadena GC, Gulfport, Florida; now called Pasadena Yatch & CC].

1977
America
Round Hill CC
282 (-10)
$15,000
Sarah Coventry

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Round Hill CC

Score

282 (-10)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

Sarah Coventry

Played as The Sarah Coventry championship. Second-placed Pat Meyers (USA) and Debbie Austin (USA) finished 3 shots behind Blalock (USA). [Round Hill CC, Alamo, CA].

1977
America
Pine Ridge, MD
209 (-10)
$8,250
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Pine Ridge, MD

Score

209 (-10)

Prize money

$8,250

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Baltimore Golf Classic (for the first time since 1974). Second-placed Takako Kiyomoto (Jpn) and Joyce Kazmierski (USA) finished 3 shots behind Blalock (USA). [Pine Ridge GC, Baltimore, Maryland].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Score

143 (-1)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

Colgate

Played as the Colgate Triple Crown (Jan 14/15; featuring the leading ten players from Colgate's top sponsored women's events in 1976). Jan Stephenson (Aus) and Donna Young (USA) finished in second place behind Jane Blalock (USA). [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Score

217 (+1)

Prize money

$7,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Wheeling Classic. Blalock (USA) beat Pat Bradley (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Jones course, Speidel GC, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, WV].

1976
America
Brookhaven CC
205 (-11)
$7,000
Civitan

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Brookhaven CC

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

$7,000

Title sponsor

Civitan

Played as the Dallas Civitan Open. Second-placed Kathy Whitworth (USA) finished 9 shots behind Blalock (USA). [Brookhaven CC, Farmers Branch, Dallas, Texas].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Score

142 (-2)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

Colgate

Played as the Colgate Triple Crown (Dec 13/14; second edition of this 36-hole event in 1975, featuring the leading ten players from Colgate's top sponsored women's events in 1975). Jane Blalock (USA) beat Judy Rankin (USA) and JoAnne Carner (USA) with a 20-foot birdie putt at the first playoff hole. [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].

1975
America
Camelback CC
209 (-7)
$10,000
Ping

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Camelback CC

Score

209 (-7)

Prize money

$10,000

Title sponsor

Ping

Played as the Karsten Ping Open. Second-placed JoAnne Carner (USA) finished 1 shot behind Blalock (USA). [Camelback CC, Paradise Valley, nr Phoenix, AZ].

1974
America
215
$4,250
Bing Crosby

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Score

215

Prize money

$4,250

Title sponsor

Bing Crosby

Played as the Bing Crosby International Classic. Jo Ann Prentice finished in second place behind Blalock.

1974
America
Green Valley CC
211 (-5)
$5,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Green Valley CC

Score

211 (-5)

Prize money

$5,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Birmingham Classic. Second-placed Sandra Palmer (USA) finished 3 shots behind Blalock (USA). [Green Valley CC, Birmingham, Alabama].

1974
America
Apopka G&TC
215 (-1)
$5,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Apopka G&TC

Score

215 (-1)

Prize money

$5,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Lady Errol Classic. Blalock (USA) beat Jo Ann Prentice (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Apopka G&TC, Apopka, FL; at the time known as Errol Estates CC].

1974
America
142
$4,375
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Score

142

Prize money

$4,375

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Southgate Ladies Open. Mary Mills and Shelley Hamlin finished in second place behind Jane Blalock and Sue Roberts.

1973
America
New Seabury
206 (-10)
$2,400
Angelo's

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

New Seabury

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

$2,400

Title sponsor

Angelo's

Played as Lady Angelo's LPGA Four-Ball (July 26-28). Defending champions Jane Blalock (USA) & Sandra Palmer (USA) beat Sally Little (RSA) & Jan Ferraris (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [New Seabury CC, Mashpee, MA; first round played at Oyster Harbors CC, Osterville, MA].

1972
America
208
$5,700
Suzuki

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Score

208

Prize money

$5,700

Title sponsor

Suzuki

Played as the Suzuki Golf Internationale. Kathy Whitworth finished in second place behind Blalock.

1972
America
Apopka G&TC
214 (-2)
$4,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Apopka G&TC

Score

214 (-2)

Prize money

$4,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Lady Errol Classic. Blalock (USA) beat Sandra Palmer (USA) and Kathy Whitworth (USA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole. [Apopka G&TC, Apopka, FL; at the time known as Errol Estates CC].

1972
America
New Seabury
130 (-14)
$1,600
Angelo's

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

New Seabury

Score

130 (-14)

Prize money

$1,600

Title sponsor

Angelo's

Played as Angelo's LPGA Four-Ball (July 14-16). Second-placed teams of Gloria Ehret (USA) & Sandra Haynie (USA), Peggy Wilson (USA) & Kathy Ahern (USA) and Jo Ann Prentice (USA) & Beth Stone (USA) finished 8 shots behind Jane Blalock (USA) & Sandra Palmer (USA). 54-hole event reduced to 36 holes due to bad weather. [New Seabury CC, Mashpee, MA].

1972
America
Brookhaven CC
211 (-5)
$4,950
Civitan

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Brookhaven CC

Score

211 (-5)

Prize money

$4,950

Title sponsor

Civitan

Played as the Dallas Civitan Open. Blalock (USA) beat Kathy Whitworth (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Brookhaven CC, Farmers Branch, Dallas, Texas].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Score

213 (-3)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

Colgate

The inaugural Colgate Dinah Shore Winners Circle (April 13-16; designated a major championship from 1983). Second-placed Carol Mann (USA) and Judy Rankin (USA) finished 3 shots behind Jane Blalock (USA). [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].

1971
America
Hidden Spring GC
208 (-11)
$3,750
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Hidden Spring GC

Score

208 (-11)

Prize money

$3,750

Title sponsor

x

Played as the George Washington Ladies Classic. Second-placed JoAnne Carner (USA) finished 2 shots behind Blalock (USA), who recorded her second LPGA Tour win. [Hidden Spring GC, Horsham, Pennsylvania; now called Commonwealth Natl GC].

1971
America
Indian Hills CC, GA
214 (-5)
$3,000
Pepsi

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Indian Hills CC, GA

Score

214 (-5)

Prize money

$3,000

Title sponsor

Pepsi

Played as the Lady Pepsi Open. Second-placed JoAnne Carner (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Blalock (USA). [Indian Hills CC, Marietta, Georgia].

1970
America
Indian Hills CC, GA
221 (+2)
$3,000
Carling

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Indian Hills CC, GA

Score

221 (+2)

Prize money

$3,000

Title sponsor

Carling

Played as the Lady Carling Open. Second-placed Betsy Rawls (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time LPGA Tour winner Blalock (USA), who notched-up a hole-in-one at the 180-yard par-3 7th in the final round. [Indian Hills CC, Marietta, Georgia].

1969
Awards
x
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Blalock, Jane

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Blalock (USA) won the LPGA Tour 1969 Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player.

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