Golf is something that Zachary Blackmon has played for years.
It is something he grew up around due to his family connections.
Blackmon is the grandson of the late professional golfer Orville Moody. Both parents, Michelle and Randy, were raised playing the game and did so in high school and college.
Blackmon will be using his golfing skills in the fall for the University of Texas-Tyler Patriot golf team. He has also been accepted to their honors program and will major in business.
The Patriots are the defending 2013 NCAA Division III National Champions in golf. They won the title by seven strokes to earn the first golf championship in the history of the program.
“I’m glad to be going there and be a part of such a good program,” Blackmon said. “I hope to help them win even more.”
Blackmon was a member of the Wildcats golf team which won district his junior year and took second this season.
“It has been an honor to watch Zach grow as a person and as a player. I believe that his game has matured over the years and that he will be a great impact for UT-Tyler,” said Ross Funk, Sulphur Springs head golf coach. “He developed into a leader for our team pushing his teammates to practice harder and longer. I know that he will take that work ethic with him to his college career.”
Blackmon was the district runner-up in golf. He had a 75.7 scoring average, he was runner-up in three tournaments. He plans to work on his short gain as he enters college.
Blackmon said, “One of my best memories is coming from behind our junior year to beat Texas High in district. I also enjoyed playing on the same team with my brother.”
His mother, Michelle Blackmon said, “I guess you could say that golf is important to our family. My dad taught me the game and also helped the golf teams when we were in school. He never really got to help my boys because he passed away just as they were beginning to play. It makes me sad that he never got to see them play. Brody, our youngest, already has his sights set on playing golf at Stephen F. Austin. I am hoping that he works hard enough to get some college offers.”
Randy Blackmon said, “We are excited for him. We have enjoyed watching him play in tournaments and look forward to him playing in college.”
Zachary Blackmon plans to play this summer in the HP Junior Nelson in Dallas, June 25-27 at Lakewood Country Club. He has qualified for the Texas State Open at Horseshoe Bay near Austin, July 29-31.
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