Interview With Jay Don Blake Former PGA and Current Champions Tour Professional Golfer
A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview
By Brian Weis
During the Tuesday Pro Am Day at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, I had the opportunity to golf with and interview Jay Don Blake, the Former PGA and Current Champions Tour Professional Golfer. In between shots and draining his bride putts, he answered some of my favorite questions I love to ask Professional golfers. (Note: If the opportunity affords itself, it is a must to play in one Pro/Am event in your life. It is worth the price of admission. Rumor has it the Champions Tour players are much more enjoyable to play with. Now reflecting on the day, it goes down in my top 10 golf experiences of my life. Treat yourself to next years event! More info at http://www.2015mgrc.com/pro-ams.php)
Jay Don Blake is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour; he currently plays on the Champions Tour.
Blake was born and raised in St. George, Utah, where he attended Dixie High School, graduating in 1977. Blake learned the game of golf on the public Dixie Red Hills Golf Course. He attended Utah State University in Logan and was a member of the golf team. He won the 1980 NCAA Championship and was named NCAA Player of the Year in 1981. He turned pro in 1981 and joined the PGA Tour in 1987.
Although Blake has but one win on the PGA Tour, he earned a spot in the top-125 for 15 consecutive years after joining the tour in 1987. He has more than 3 dozen top-10 finishes in official PGA Tour events, including more than a half-dozen 2nds and 3rds. Blake's career year was 1991 when he had six top-10 finishes including one Tour win, $563,854 in earnings, and finished 21st on the final money list; he also had a win in international competition that year. His best finish in a major championship is T6 at the 1992 U.S. Open.
When did you start golfing and who introduced you to the game?
I learned to play on a short public golf course in St George, UT - Dixie Red Hills Golf Course.
What is your current home course?
San Hollow Golf Club in Utah
What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
My Sand Wedge.
What is your favorite golf destination?
You got to go where there is amazing golf. I would have to say the Pebble Beach area.
What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
I am not a bucket list golfer kind-of-guy.
If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
I would love to play at Augusta again.
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
Hmmmm. Too many things to mention at the moment. I will take a pass on that one.
Dream foursome (living)?
Jack and Arnie. I would love to add Tiger to that mix but he is not playing well. I might round out the group with Jessica Alba. I heard she is a good golfer.
Dream foursome (living or dead)?
My father, Ben Hogan and Ben Franklin. I would love to hear Ben Franklin talk for 4 hours.
18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions
1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
Draining a long putt!
2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
How about a hole in one on a par 5.
3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?
I am more of a twilight golfer nowadays.
4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
Depends on how cute the girl is driving the cart.
6) Bathroom OR bushes?
7) Hot dog OR wrap?
8) Around the green, being in sand OR thick rough?
9) Walking OR riding?
10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?
11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
Long par 5.
12) Pants OR Shorts?
13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?
14) Beatles OR Elvis?
15) Play for fun OR play for money?
16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
17) Lay up OR gamble?
18) 18 holes OR 36?
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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