Salt Lake City (Jun. 18, 2013) ???????? Utah native Zac Blair has accepted a sponsor exemption into the Utah Championship. The Web.com Tour event is set for July 11-14 at Willow Creek Country Club.
“The Utah Sports Commission, who manages and oversees the Utah Championship on behalf of the PGA TOUR, is excited to provide the opportunity for a local player of Zac’s caliber to have a chance to play alongside tour professionals,” said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission.
A student athlete at Brigham Young University with local ties, Zac won the 2009 Utah State Amateur, the Cache Valley Amateur, the Salt Lake City Amateur, the Coral Canyon Amateur, 2011 Pacific Northwest Amateur, while being named Utah Golf Association Player of the Year four years in a row beginning in 2009. Zac holds the distinction of winning six straight tournaments, which according to the Utah Golf Association (UGA), is very unlikely that anyone in Utah history has ever won six consecutive tournaments.
He won the 2013 PING Cougar Classic and the 2013 Desert Shootout, shooting a season low 64 during the third round, and concluding the season with 7 top 5 finishes and 11 top 20 finishes.
“I am very excited to play my first PGA TOUR event at this year’s Utah Championship,” said Zac. “I’m looking forward to seeing how my game stacks up with some of the best professionals in the game. It is an honor to be selected for this exemption. I would like to thank the committee for giving me this great opportunity.”
Zac is the son of Utah golf professional Jimmy Blair, who is an alum of the Utah Championship. Jimmy played at BYU from 1974-1977, was the 1981 Utah Open champion and has qualified for the U.S. Senior Open several times.
Tournament Director Mike Smith said, “On behalf of the Utah Championship, we are thrilled to offer this exemption to Zac, as he has proven his playing ability both on the amateur level, as well as his collegiate performance. We hope that our event will help give him the experience and confidence as he continues to develop his game to compete at a higher level.”
In addition to Zac Blair receiving an exemption, the tournament will be giving its second non-restricted exemption to the leading money winner on the NGA Pro Golf Tour (previously known as the Hooters Tour).
“We are excited to be partnering with the Utah Championship, one of the longest running and most prestigious events on the Web.com Tour schedule, once again,” said Ryan Walters, president of the National Golf Association. “Our goal is to prepare players for the highest levels of golf and the opportunity and experience the Utah Championship has provided for one of our leading members is invaluable.”
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