Men's preview: West Coast Conference

Men's preview: West Coast Conference

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Men's preview: West Coast Conference

A lot of players learn how to play golf from their parents. In that case, Zac Blair, a junior at BYU, lucked out.

Blair’s father, Jimmy, was an All-American at BYU and is a former Utah Open champion. He’s now one of the top players in the Utah PGA section.

“He has a great feel for the game of golf and he knows Zac’s swing like the back of his hand,” said BYU coach Bruce Brockbank. “He has taught Zac all he knows about the game.”

After the past year, Jimmy is looking like a pretty good teacher. Zac had a win and a fifth-place finish this fall for the Cougars, in addition to having a strong summer that saw him win the Pacific Northwest Amateur and finish second at the Sunnehanna and the Sahalee Players.

“One of the reasons he had a good fall was because he spent 10 weeks on the road last summer playing amateur events,” Brockbank said. “That really helped his confidence as he found success in some of the top tournaments.”

Brockbank credits Blair’s short game for his success this year, as well as his work ethic and consistency.

“I think he can chip and putt the ball as good as anyone I’ve seen play at the college level,” he said.

Blair’s accomplishments have also been impressive at the state level, where he’s won five consecutive Utah amateur events. Blair is a three-time Utah Golf Association Player of the Year.

“Not sure that anyone has ever done that (win five in a row),” Brockbank said. “I’m just amazed at what he continues to accomplish.”

So what does Brockbank expect to see this spring?

“My expectations for him? Well, shoot 65 every round to help his team!”

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2007: Pepperdine

2008: San Diego

2009: San Francisco

2010: Pepperdine

2011: San Francisco

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