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Carol Blackmar, 1980 WTGA Finalist

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Carol Blackmar, 1980 WTGA Finalist

Carol Blackmar began coaching the Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Islanders women’s golf team seven years ago and lead the team to their first Southland Conference Championship in 2009 and first-ever trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament.  That year, Blackmar was named the Southland Conference Coach of the Year.  Carol has embraced her role as the Women’s Golf Coach and while guiding her teams through each tournament has also learned from her players along the way.
 
“The one thing about coaching is it allows you to see where players continually lose shots as well as the importance of the mental game and such things as body language, breathing and not letting the past influence the future.”
 
Inspiration struck Carol early in golf with the help of Mickey Neal who coached her growing up and allowed the J.J. Pearce High School graduate a chance to play Division 1 golf. After qualifying for UIL State Championships in 1975 and 1976, Carol would go to the University of Texas and play under head coach Pat Weis. While at the University of Texas, where she lettered four years in golf, Carol competed in the Intercollegiate Athletics of Women Championships and helped post three top-10 finishes at the national meet, including a tie for third in 1977-78.
 
Carol married fellow UT Longhorn Phil Blackmar, who played on the PGA Tour from 1985 to 2000 and now a member of the PGA Champions Tour. Blackmar’s father, Fred was helpful for Carol towards the end of her collegiate career and beyond. Fred helped her understand how to compete as well as improving Carol’s short game.
 
Along with her feats with the Longhorns, Carol qualified for and competed in the 1978 U.S. Women’s Open at the Country Club of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana and the 1980 U.S. Women’s Open at Richland Country Club in Nashville, Tenn.  Carol was also runner-up at the 1980 WTGA State Amateur Championship at Ridgewood Country Club in Waco, Texas.
 
Winner of more than a dozen ladies club championships at Corpus Christi Country Club, Carol and Phil have also partnered with multiple charity organizations in the city, including the Triumph Over Kids Cancer Foundation.
 
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