Maybe you’ve heard the name: Blair O’Neal. She’s a professional golfer, model, and she was the winner of BIG BREAK: Dominican Republic. And she was also a runner up of BIG BREAK: Prince Edward Island. You can check her social media accounts:
She feels so lucky to travel the world, play some of golf’s greatest venues, meet old fans and build new friendships. Being a model, has been featured in print, runway, and television. Blair continues her mission as a dedicated athlete, but presents the look and the personality that will brighten anyone’s day. Her competitiveness and drive, combined with her beauty and character, make her equally gifted on the golf course, on the runway, and on the streets.
Blair was born in Macomb, Illinois. And then, her family relocated to Arizona, her childhood place. At the age of 11, Blair’s dad enrolled her, if you want to know school of golf girl Blair, in a local junior golf clinic. She has rarely put down her clubs. Nearly every one of Blair’s childhood afternoons, and many of her early mornings, were spent on the practice range at Dobson Ranch Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona.
At 13 y.o, two years after first picking up a club, Blair began playing for the American Junior Golf Association. She found much success in her junior golf career including:
– U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team in Valderrama, Spain
– Selection to AJGA Cannon Cup Team
– Runner-up in the Woman’s Western Tournament
– Medalist at the AJGA Ping Phoenix Junior Championship
Blair had already established herself as one of the best junior golfers at high school in the state of Arizona and eventually went on to win the Women’s 5A Arizona State Golf Champion. Blair made her childhood dream a reality and accepted a full ride scholarship to Arizona State University. Competed all four years on the women’s Sun Devil golf team having never missed or being sat out of a single tournament. And she was crowned a two time NCAA women’s long-drive champion.
After college, she quickly gained status on the LPGA Symetra Tour (playing golf at Asia), and turned into professional model. For two years Blair fought financial instability and then a broken foot. She made the decision to put her golf game on hold. Racked up quite the modeling resume through runway fashion shows, television hosting, print ads, catalogs, magazine covers, websites, and commercial advertisements.
Five years of modeling, Blair got a call from the Golf Channel asking if she would be interested in competing on their reality television program, Big Break. And she accepted eventhough she only had a month to prepare. But during the spring of 2009, Blair competed on the Golf Channel’s Big Break: Prince Edward Island. Despite the lack of preparation time, she finished runner up. But more importantly, she revived her golfing career.
Blair lost her status on the LPGA Symetra Tour, but received another call from the Golf Channel asking her to come back to do another Big Break reunion show. This time she was fully prepared. In the fall of 2010, Blair competed on Big Break: Dominican Republic, and she was eventually crowned the champion.
Blair’s Big Break winnings provided her the financial stability to pursue golf at the highest level. Blair’s final stage was LPGA Qualifying School in 2010. Although falling just short of obtaining her LPGA tour card, she got back her full status on the LPGA Symetra Tour. And in doing so, she proudly signed on with Cobra-Puma as her lead sponsor. In 2012, Blair began her first full season on the LPGA Symetra Tour and played there full-time through 2014. Starting in 2015, Blair started her transition into the media world, giving up playing competitive golf on a full time basis. Currently, she maintains a fully loaded calendar as a Golf Channel personality, coupled with corporate outings and competitive tournaments. This hybrid schedule allows her to utilize all of her versatile talents.
Arizona State University
Home Golf Courses (School of Golf Girl):
– Grayhawk Golf Course, Scottsdale, Arizona
– Wildfire Golf Course, Scottsdale, Arizona
– Professional Golfer, Currently competing on the Symetra Tour
– Professional Model, co-hosted several television shows, including Golf Channel’s What’s in the Bag and Donald J. Trump’s Fabulous World of Golf