James Blackwell, a kid phenom from upstate New York, was beating everyone imaginable in the game he fell in love with at an early age. It was in high school when his life would change forever. He injured his left hand in a car accident and thought he would never play the sport he loved again. With perseverance and strength, he got back to to playing golf full time, and earned a scholarship to Ball State University in an Muncie, Ind. Check out his full story in this video from Ball State Athletics Digital Sports.
Nike's role in the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley has been educational as well as transitional. The equipment company has introduced the top junior players in the world to pro golfers, Tour vans and life at the next level.