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Zac Blair announced as UGA Men’s Player of the Year!
Zac Blair, despite turning professional in the middle of March, has been named the 2014 UGA Player of the Year for the sixth straight season. Why? Because he accomplished in just ten weeks what no one else was able to equal in a full season. He entered all four of the 36-hole UGA Player Performance events in the St. George area, the Coral Canyon Amateur, the St. George Amateur, the Sand Hollow Amateur, and the UGA Winterchamps, and won them all.
Bill Walker, Executive Director of the UGA noted “Zac’s had a tremendous amateur golf career and it has been a pleasure to watch him compete locally and nationally. He had a great run this past season by winning the first four events of the PPR year followed by an exciting start to his professional career.”
After turning pro his rise through the ranks of professional golf in 2014 was remarkable. No Utahn has qualified for the Big Dance so suddenly.
He was just looking for a place to play when he went to South America on a PGA Development stage tour. He did well and with an assist of an exemption to the Web.com Utah Championship advanced to temporary status on the Web.com Tour by making cuts. He qualified for the U.S. Open as the medalist in a sectional qualifying, made the cut and played in one of the feature pairings on world television with his father Jimmy caddying briefly for him on the Father’s Day final round.
He continued making cuts and good paychecks on the Web.com Tour and in the Web.Com Tour Championnship at Sawgrass he finished second and earned status on the 2014-2015 PGA Tour. Remarkably he finished 11th on the final Web.com Tour standings and Tony Finau finished 12th. Those two former State Am champions join another former State Am champion Daniel Summerhays on this year’s PGA Tour.
Admittedly, all this ‘fairy tale like stuff’ is remarkable and exciting, and although it has nothing to do with the criteria for the UGA Player of the Year Award it certainly adds a lot of luster, and winning four 36-Hole tournaments of the year on the UGA PPR schedule is something no one else did in the full season.