Will Blalock likes to be No. 1 any time he is on the golf course.
The Forestview senior has spent a lot of time on top in the past year-plus as he won three junior tournaments in 2013, including the North-South Junior Amateur at Pinehurst, the Bobby Chapman Invitational in Spartanburg and the Phil Wallace Holiday Classic in Shelby.
Blalock, 17, also had 10 top-10s in the same span, helping him earn N.C. junior Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA) player of the year honors.
Blalock, who has signed to play at N.C. State, has spent a lot of the past year as the No. 1 junior in the state, and is currently No. 2.
“2013 was the best year of golf I’ve ever had in my life,” Blalock said. “Getting to No. 1 (TYGA rankings) was a big deal and it gave me a lot of confidence going into this year. Now, I want to make this year (2014) another year to remember.”
While Blalock will be busy on the junior circuit, one of his biggest goals is also to finish his Forestview High golf career on top.
Blalock says that starts with winning a Big South Conference title (runner-up last year), which he did his sophomore season, then a 3A West Regional title (runner-up last year) and finally an individual state title (fifth last year), the final two of which he has never accomplished.
While his individual goals are big, Blalock says first and foremost he wants to complete his career as a Jaguar with a third straight NCHSAA Class 3A team state championship.
“I’m really pumped about trying to lead this team to another state championship,” Blalock said. “If we can win it all this year, we will have a dynasty. We feel like we can do it again.”
The Jaguars’ chances will depend on how much depth they can develop after losing key pieces like Observer player of the year and 3A state runner-up Will Long, now playing at Auburn, and Alex Taylor.
But while coach Ken Beaty needs some younger players to step up, he has a solid core to build around in Blalock, fellow senior Harrison Frye (Coastal Carolina signee) signee and sophomore Drew Furs, who Beaty says has Division I potential.
“I think the younger guys coming in know all about the tradition we have at Forestview and they want to be a part of it,” Beaty said. “We need some of those guys to step in and play well, but you have to feel good about the top of our lineup (Blalock, Frye, Furs).”
While Blalock has been a standout since arriving at Forestview, his game is rapidly getting even better as the scratch golfer (averages a 71) can now hit the ball about 280 yards off the tee, adding to his strength which is iron accuracy and his short game, according to Beaty.
Blalock is starting to see big results, including a career-best 63 at the North-South Junior Amateur at Pinehurst No. 6 last July.
While Blalock is shooting to finish his high school career on top, he hopes this is just the beginning.
“I play golf every day and I love it,” said Blalock, who had two holes-in-one when he was 10 years old at Gaston Country Club, his home course. “I hope keep playing golf as long as I can. I would love to be able to play professional golf, for sure.”
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