Date of birth: Sept. 19, 1945
Place of birth: Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Awards and Honors:
Member, New England Sports Hall of Fame
She was the first player in LPGA Tour history to win more than $100,000 in a season four straight years.
Blalock did not miss a cut from 1969 through the last event of 1980 - a stretch of 299 tournaments. That's the LPGA record.
Jane Blalock Biography:
In mid-1972, the LPGA executive board, comprised of fellow players, confronted Blalock with charges of cheating. The committee told Blalock she'd been observed in several tournaments lifting her ball on the green, then replacing it ever so slightly closer to the hole.
Blalock sued and won a temporary injunction to continue playing. She went on to lead the Tour with five wins in 1972. The courts eventually found the LPGA in violation of antitrust laws.
Blalock's reputation was tarnished, but she continued playing and winning. The episode led the LPGA to disallow its players ruling on other players, and led to the hiring of the first LPGA Tour commissioner.
Blalock started golfing at age 13 and won the New Hampshire Amateur five straight times beginning in 1965, plus the New England Amateur in 1968. As an amateur, she tied for fifth at the 1969 LPGA Burdine's Invitational, then turned pro and earned Rookie of the Year honors.
Her first win came in 1970. She won 25 times in the decade of the 1970s, and from the time she joined the Tour in 1969 until the final event of 1980, Blalock never missed a cut.
She went winless from 1981-84, then won twice in 1985 for what would be her final victories. Blalock retired from full-time competition in 1986.
Blalock has the distinction of winning the most times on the LPGA without winning a major. She finished second twice at the LPGA Championship. She did win the Colgate Dinah Shore Winner's Circle in 1972, an event later upgraded to major status. With 27 wins, she matches the point total required for Hall of Fame membership; however, that system was put in place after Blalock retired and it is now up to a Veterans Committee to vote on her Hall credentials.
Blalock's company is a golf event management firm, and Blalock conceived of the LPGA Golf Clinics for Women program. She also played a role in founding the Women's Senior Golf Tour (now called the Legends Tour).