LPGA Tour Member since 1980 - present
LPGA - Rolex - Golf Digest - Rookie of the Year: 1980
Chairwoman, LPGA Goals and Objectives: 1988
Inductee, Dawahares Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame: 1991
Member, Lexington Area Sports Authority: (1997-1999)
Inductee, Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame: 1999
Head Coach, Boys and Girls; Woodford County High School: (1999-2002)
Head Coach, Women's Golf; Transylvania University: (2000-2001)
BOD Member, Larry Gilbert Foundation / First Tee of Lexington: (2004-2014)
Chairwoman, LPGA Veteran's Forum: (2005)
Member, Kentucky Sports Authority: (2005-2007)
Ryder Cup Task Force: (2006-2007)
Inductee, Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame: 2007
Head Coach, Women's Golf: University of Kentucky: (2007-2010)
Founder, Blackwelder Golf: (2010-Present)
Founder, America's Golf Team: (2010-Present)
CAREER, AFFILIATIONS, AND VOLUNTEERISM
is a native Kentuckian and former LPGA tour player. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, and teacher of the game for 27 years.
Junior Career: (1968-1973)
She started playing golf at age 13 and became the only four-time Kentucky High School Athletic Association Individual Golf Champion in the state of Kentucky. At age 15 she finished runner-up in the Kentucky Women's State Amateur and went on to notch Medalist honors at the 1970 and 1971 Women's Western Junior Championship at Cincinnati CC and Pinehurst No. 2. Myra went on to win numerous amateur events for women and juniors in the state of Kentucky.
Collegiate Career: (1974-1978)
In 1975, Myra became the first female full athletic scholarship recipient for the University of Kentucky as a result of Title IX legislation. As a Wildcat she notched 10 collegiate tournament wins, 2 Kentucky State Amateur titles, and a degree in Agronomy before moving on to the LPGA tour in 1980.
Touring Professional Career: (1980-1992)
For 13 seasons Myra appeared full-time on the tour and was named the Golf Digest/Rolex - LPGA Rookie of the Year in 1980.
Teaching Career: (1992-Present)
In 1992, Myra retired from the tour and moved back to Lexington, Kentucky with her family and worked as a golf instructor. In this role she has worked with hundreds of junior players, including several students that won national junior and amateur events; they moved on to play and excel at major universities, and several played professional golf and are now NCAA golf coaches.
NCAA Coaching Career: (2007-2010)
Myra led the UK Wildcats for three seasons 2007-2010 during which time the Lady Cats smashed the school's scoring record (284), and the team returned to post season play for the first time in 9 years.
Senior Tour Professional Career: (2001-2006)
Myra played for 6 seasons on the LPGA Legends Tour until 2006 and appeared at the 2012 - Fore Barrow Challenge teaming with her daughter, Mallory to finish T-8th. (69-66 135).
First Mother-Daughter LPGA Tour Members (2009)
Myra and her daughter, Mallory Blackwelder Trudeau, became the first mother-daughter duo to receive LPGA Tour Membership, when Mallory qualified for the tour in 2009.
Golf Family of the Year: (2014)
In 2014, Myra's family was honored in New York, New York as "Golf Family of the Year" by the Metropolitan Golf Writer's Association, for her family's contribution to the game.
Myra's students have won events on the AJGA, FCWT, PGA Junior Series, U.S Kids tours, the Bubba Conley Invitational, earned a spot on the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team and qualified for the U. S. Girls Junior. Additionally, her students have won numerous state junior championships and Lexington City Junior Championships.
State High School:
Her students have won numerous high school invitationals and regional championships including the 2002, 2004 and 2013 KHSAA
State Individual Champions (Girls).
Her students have won prestigious amateur events; Women's Western Am, the Arizona Silver Belle and have qualified for the men's and women's U.S. Amateurs.
Her students have received men and women's college golf scholarships at the following institutions; U of Kentucky, U of Louisville, Eastern Kentucky U, Murray, Western Kentucky U, Morehead State U, Northern Kentucky U, Cumberland U, Pikeville U, U of Cincinnati, U of Florida, U of Virginia, U of North Carolina, Wake Forest U, Purdue, and West Point. Others students have gone on to play for in and out of state schools at the D-2, D-3 and NAIA levels.
Her students have won the 2014 LPGA Symetra Tour Championship, the 2010 and 2014 Kentucky Women's Open Championship, and the 2010 Suncoast Women's Open Championship.