(BOSTON - October 18, 2018) - Legends Tour Founder Jane Blalock and LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member Pat Bradley will be among the 10 inductees in the inaugural class of the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame. The induction will take place Oct. 18 at Manchester Country Club and will conducted under the auspices of the New Hampshire Golf Association, the New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association, the New Hampshire PGA and the New Hampshire Golf Course Superintendents Association.
“I am extremely honored to be inducted into the inaugural class of the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame,” said Blalock. “New Hampshire has always been my home and I am so grateful for the support of all of my friends throughout the state -- particularly from Portsmouth -- who have supported and cheered me on as a young girl learning to play the game and throughout my entire LPGA career.”
Portsmouth (N.H.) native Blalock was a 27-time winner on the LPGA Tour, where she played for 18 years. She was the LPGA’s top rookie in 1969. Blalock still holds the record for most consecutive cuts made on any professional golf tour with 299.
As an amateur, Blalock won the New Hampshire Women’s Amateur in 1965, 1966 and 1968, and the New England Women’s Amateur Championship in 1967 and 1968.
Following her LPGA career, she went on to found JBC Golf, Inc., of which she is the current CEO. The company promotes and operates golf events, clinics and pro-ams. Blalock also was the founder and former CEO of The Legends Tour, the official senior tour of the LPGA. She is a member of The Legends Tour’s Hall of Fame.
“My New Hampshire upbringing has created the foundation and values which have allowed me to achieve success both on and off the course,” Blalock added.
While Bradley was born in Westford, Mass., she played her early golf at Nashua Country Club when she wasn’t on the slopes skiing competitively.
Bradley won 31 LPGA titles with six major championships, including the 1981 U.S. Women’s Open, the 1986 LPGA Championship and the 1986 Nabisco Dinah Shore Championship. She was also a two-time LPGA Player of the Year and two-time Vare Trophy winner (for the LPGA’s low season scoring average).
As an amateur, Bradley won the 1967 and 1969 New Hampshire Women’s Amateur Championship and the New England Women’s Amateur title from 1972-1973.
As a Legends Tour member, Bradley partnered with Vermont native and fellow LPGA Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan to finish as co-champions of The Legend’s Tour’s 2005 BJ’s Charity Championship held in Quincy, Mass. Bradley has played in more than 50 Legends Tour events over the years.
“I am extremely grateful to receive this honor,” said Bradley. “New Hampshire and Nashua Country Club is where my journey in golf began at the age of 11.”
New Hampshire’s Hall of Fame was created earlier this year because the state did not have a way to honor its most accomplished individuals in golf. Prior to the founding this year, New Hampshire was one of only a few states in the nation without a designated golf hall of fame.
Organizers expect to annually honor four to five new members in the coming years.