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Victory Party Planned for Jay Don Blake in St. George Saturday
A victory celebration in honor of Jay Don Blake’s PGA Champions Tour victory in Korea will be held this Saturday, September 24th, at Newby Buick, 1629 South Convention Center Drive in St. George. The party will begin at 4:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public and Jay Don’s friends and fans are encouraged to attend.
Jay Don’s win in Korea was his first PGA Tour victory since 1991 when he won the Shearson Lehman Brothers Open. That was 424 tournaments ago. That’s a good reason for a party.
The purpose of the celebration is two-fold, to give the Blakes a chance to thank their Utah fans for their support over the years and to give their fans some face-to-face time with each other.
Blake was recently inducted into the Utah Golf Hall of Fame and many of his well wishers were unable to travel to Salt Lake City for that event. This will also give them a chance to congratulate him on receiving that honor and recognition.
Jay Don’s win in Korea was exciting television as he had to survive a four man playoff with John Cook, Mark O’Meara, and Peter Senior. He won it with a birdie at the fifth playoff hole, winning $456,000. That ought to buy some punch at the party.
Blake was the last of the four playoff participants to have a chance to win the title in regulation but his 15-foot putt for birdie on the 54th hole slid by.
The four players returned to the par-5 18th hole after they finished 13-under 203 at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea and all four players made pars twice before heading to No. 10 for the third playoff hole where O’Meara and Senior were eliminated, both three putting for bogeys from the apron.
Cook and Blake made regulation pars at the fourth playoff hole before Blake sealed the win with a 10-foot birdie putt after Cook had lipped out from 16 feet. Cook defeated Blake in a playoff earlier this year at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in Tampa.
Blake battled injuries for the latter part of his PGA TOUR career, taking five years off to rehab and prepare for the Champions Tour.
Blake’s wife, Marcia, has caddied for Jay Don in most of his Champions Tour events, and was on the bag for the big win in Korea.
The win was huge for Blake as it assured him a spot in the Schwab Cup playoff at the end of the season. The Blakes will leave Sunday for three tournaments in North Carolina, Houston, and San Antonio.