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Legends of the LPGA

Caroline Smith

Cedartown, GA

B.S. Furman University

M.S. Georgia State University


During her high school years at Darlington School, Caroline

Blaylock was involved in softball, basketball, golf, track

and tennis. She earned 17 varsity letters and was recruited

by 40 colleges to play basketball, but only four to play

golf. After graduating, she attended Furman University,

where she was a three-time winner of the National Golf

Coaches Association Long Drive Championship and a three-time

NCAA Division I All-American selection.


She was named Southern Conference Female Athlete of the Year

in 1994 and Southern Conference Player of the Year in 1995,

in addition to being a two-time All-Southern Conference

Selection (SoCon championship began in 1994). She placed

third at the 1994 NCAA Championship and sixth in 1995. She

also tied an NCAA record with a career-low 65 in the second

round of the 1995 NCAA Championships. Blaylock posted a 76.1

career stroke average. She ended her career with 21 top-10

finishes and three tournament victories.


Blaylock also represented the United States in the U.S.A.

versus Japan Goodwill Matches in 1994.


After graduating from Furman in 1995, Blaylock turned

professional. In 1998, she led the LPGA Tour in driving

distance with a 286.98-yard average. The next year, she

posted a then-career-best finish with a tie for 10th at the

LPGA Corning Classic and recorded a 66 in the second round

of the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic, the lowest round of her

LPGA career. In 2000, she again led the Tour in driving

distance and tied for 10th at the Japan Airlines Big Apple

Classic to tie her best finish from the previous year.

Blaylock's career-best finish came at the ShopRite Classic

in Atlantic City, N.J., where she finished fourth in 2001.


Blaylock returned to Darlington in 2002 and served as head

of Regester House and was assistant athletic director from

2005-2013. In 2013, she was hired as the employee wellness

director at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Ga. In 2016,

Blaylock returned to independent educationas the Director of

Athletics at the Fountain Valley School of Colorado in

Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Now living back in Cedartown,

Georgia, when she is not working for Kaiser Permanente,

Blaylock enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Chad Smith,

her two boys,Jackson and Stiles and flying.

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