• Bill Caine, Contributing Writer

Blackwelder competes in senior LPGA championship

Myra Blackwelder teed it up again professionally in the inaugural Senior LPGA Championship. The event took place July 10 to 12 at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind. The championship was televised nationally on the Golf Channel. Taking place Monday through Wednesday the same week of the women's U.S. Open, the championship was largely a celebration of some of the greatest to play the game. In the 16 years of the Legends tour, the tour has had more than 120 members and has featured many LPGA Hall of Fame members. The Pete Dye course is well known for having a gorgeous layout but also 18 very challenging holes. "It's a really tough course," said Blackwelder. "It's tough off the tee, the approach is difficult, and the greens are extremely tough." The course has hosted the Big Ten Championships and the 2010 PGA Professionals National Championship in the past. Eighty-one players competed in the 54-hole event in French Lick. The Legends Tour was founded in 2000 by 25 LPGA Tour veterans who wanted to provide opportunities for professionals 45 and over to continue competing at a high level. "It's been nice to reconnect with many ladies from my playing days," Blackwelder said. "This has the feeling of a class reunion at the tournament. There is a lot of talent here, and it feels good to be out on the course." Myra's son, Myles, was her caddie for the week. The Blackwelder family is highly regarded as a golf family. Myra had a great career on tour and has a wonderful crop of students that she teaches in Kentucky. In 1980, Myra was named the LPGA Rookie of the Year and retired from the tour in 1992. She earned top-five and top-10 finishes on tour as a professional. Blackwelder was the coach at the University of Kentucky for the Lady Cats and now teaches at the High Performance Golf Academy at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville. Myra's husband, Worth Blackwelder, is a professional caddie who has been on the bag of some of the brightest starts in the game. Myles Blackwelder began on the LPGA as a caddie in 2013, and Mallory Blackwelder was a star at the University of Kentucky and played on the LPGA as well.

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