LEXINGTON, Ky. – Myra Blackwelder has been named the women’s golf coach at the University of Kentucky. Blackwelder a 1978 graduate of Kentucky, replaces Stephanie Barker as the seventh coach in school history.
“I’m extremely excited to take on the challenge of rebuilding the UK golf program,” said Blackwelder. “This program is near and dear to my heart as I was on the very first UK women’s golf team, so it brings me full circle with Kentucky.”
Blackwelder, 52, became Kentucky’s first female athletic scholarship recipient in 1975 and notched 10 collegiate golf invitational titles as a Wildcat. While a collegiate athlete, Blackwelder also claimed two Kentucky State Amateur Championships.
“Myra brings a tremendous teaching background and instant credibility to our women’s golf program,” athletic director Mitch Barnhart said in a statement on Friday. “She has experienced success at every level of golf – from amateur to professional – and has tutored a long list of talented players. We’re proud to have a former Wildcat leading our women’s golf team.”
Blackwelder played 12 years on the LPGA Tour, winning the 1980 Rolex Rookie of the Year award. She joined the LPGA Legends Tour in 2000.
Blackwelder served as women’s golf coach for one season at Transylvania University (2001-02) and was the boys and girls golf coach for two seasons at Woodford County, Ky. High School.
Since 1992, Blackwelder has served as a golf instructor at Man ‘O War Golf Club in Lexington and at Planter’s Row in Nicholasville.
Blackwelder’s daughter, Mallory, will be a junior on the Florida golf team next fall.