November 19, 2017

Jay Don Blake: Native St. George Golfer that made it all the Way to Professional PGA Player

jay don blake from St. George UtahJay Don Blake cemented his status as the most successful Utah native golfer with his win at the Songdo IBD Championship on September 18, 2011.  Blake was in an amazing fashion, going into a four-way playoff on the final day and outlasting great players such as Mark O’Meara and John Cook for his first Champion’s Tour win.  This was Jay’s second career win on the PGA and Champion’s Tours, with his first win coming in February 1991 at the Shearson Lehman Brothers Open.  Blake has certainly had an interesting golfing career, starting all the way back in high school.

Jay Don Blake attended Dixie High School in St. George, Utah and went on to attend Utah State University after graduating in 1977.  Blake had a stellar career as a collegiate golfer, winning individual medalist honors at the 1980 NCAA Championship, as well as the player of the year award in 1981.  After joining the PGA Tour in 1987 Blake had a very solid career by most standards, with one victory coming in 1991 and a slew of top-25 finishes.  What is even more remarkable to note is that Jay finished in the top 125 in the money standings for 15 consecutive years, a feat that many professional golfers fail to achieve.

Unfortunately, during his 40’s Jay Don Blake had to deal with recurring pain in his back, and it got to the point where he had to take a considerable amount of time off.  Jay mostly played on the Nationwide Tour during the 2000s while the problem was being sorted out, and it wasn’t until 2009 that he started playing on the Champion’s Tour.  In his first two years on the tour Blake continued to play solidly, only missing one cut and having a third place finish in 2010.  In 2011 Blake has had a fantastic year, with 10 top 25 finishes in 16 starts along with his win recently.  Jay Don Blake will forever be remembered as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, professional golfers in Utah’s history.

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