Mark Blakefield has a very simple goal heading into the Buffalo Run Casino Classic: “Just play better.”
You see, Blakefield — who is the money leader on the NGA Hooters Tour this season — missed the cut at the ’09 BRCC.
“I just want to play better,” Blakefield said during Wednesday night’s pro-am awards dinner. “I can’t really remember a whole lot what I did last year, to tell you the truth. I just remember playing bad.”
Blakefield has placed in four of his five events and is the tour’s only double winner this season.
He took the Ocala Marion Sports Commission Classic, holding off defending BRCC champ Ted Potter and Russell Knox for a one-stroke win.
Then three weeks ago, he had a final-round 67 and won by two shots at the ADI Classic.
“I’ve been playing well all year, so I expect to do the same thing (in Miami),” Blakefield said. “I can’t really explain it. I’ve just gotten it off to a good start. It makes the rest of the year a lot easier. You’re stress free and can just go out and play.”
The win at the ADI Classic was the second in three years at the Georgetown, Ky., tournament.
Blakefield had a very successful career at the University of Kentucky, serving as a team captain on the Wildcats’ first ever SEC Championship team in 2005.
Blakefield was named to the All-SEC second team in 2005 as well as being an Academic All-SEC member during the 2003 season.
“I had a good college career,” Blakefield said. “We had a great team. J.B. Holmes (a two-time winner on the PGA Tour and a member of the 2008 USA Ryder Cup team) was a teammate.”