Myra Blackwelder, a native Kentuckian, former LPGA tour player, mother, and teacher of the game founded the Blackwelder Golf Academy in 2010.
Collegiate Career: In 1975 Myra became the first female full athletic scholarship recipient for the University of Kentucky as a result of Title IX legislation. As a Wildcat she notched 10 collegiate tournament wins, 2 Kentucky State Amateur titles, and a degree in Agronomy before moving on to the LPGA tour in 1980.
Touring Professional Career: For 13 seasons Myra appeared on the tour, earning several top 5 finishes, numerous top 10 finishes, and was named Golf Digest/Rolex Rookie of the Year in 1980.
Teaching Career: In 1992 she retired from the tour and moved back to Lexington, Kentucky with her family and worked as a golf instructor at Man O War Golf. In this role Myra worked with hundreds of junior players, including several that won national junior tournaments and moved on to play at major universities.
Coaching Career: Blackwelder led the UK Wildcats for three seasons 2007-2010 during which time the Lady Cats smashed the school’s scoring record (284), and the team returned to post season play for the first time in 9 years.
Blackwelder Golf : Myra resumed her teaching career in July of 2010, and teaches at HP Golf Academy at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, KY
Senior Touring Professional Career: Myra played for 6 seasons on the LPGA Legends Tour until 2006 and recently appeared at the 2012 – Fore Barrow Challenge teaming with her daughter, Mallory to finish T-8th. (69-66 135). Myra and Mallory became the first mother-daughter duo to receive LPGA Membership, when Mallory qualified for the tour in 2009.