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Zac Blair Wins Fourth Straight UGA Player of the Year Honor

Zac Blair has been named UGA Player of the Year for the fourth year in a row, and although he didn’t win the Utah State Am, (losing in the semifinals to the eventual champion Jon Wright), this year may be his most impressive year ever.Locally he won six straight tournaments, five of them being 36-holes. He won the Coral Canyon Am by three shots, the St. George Am by five shots, the Sand Hollow Am by one shot, and the Dixie Red Hills Am by five shots. In those four tournaments he shot 70-71, 64-66, 67-70, 61-67.He then won the18-hole Golden Spike Amateur by one shot with a 67. At the Spanish Fork Open he had to come from behind to catch Tyler Miner, and then won in a playoff. He shot 71-67 in that event.That remarkable streak of successive wins came to an end when Devon Purser shot 64 in the 18-hole Glen Eagle Am. Historical records have not been kept on successive tournament wins in Utah, but it is very unlikely that anyone in Utah history has ever won six straight tournaments. If it’s been done, it was probably by his dad Jimmy, who also dominated the amateur circuit in his day. Bruce Summerhays also had a couple of dominate years. Todd Barker has won the Player of the Year Award four times, and shared it one other time, over a period of 12 years.Blair spent much of the season playing in national events where he once again came to the attention of the United States Walker Cup Team committee. He has been invited to a special camp this winter for consideration for selection to the team. He finished in the top ten at the NCAA Far West Regionals, the Sahalee Players, and the Northeast Amateur, and finished fifth in the qualifying round for the U.S. Amateur. He tied for 15th at the prestigious Sunnehanna and Sahalee tournaments.