2017 Tournament Participant Profile

Chandler Blanchet Gainsville, Fla.

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Hometown: Gainesville, Fla.
High School: Buchholz

2016-17 (Junior): The nation’s top-rated golfer in any division with a school-record 68.76 stroke avg., becoming the first-ever Division 2 player to win the Golfstat Cup … Has 19 rounds in the 60s and 26 of 33 at par or better … Won seven individual titles, including six of final seven tournaments with the NCAA Division 2 Individual title among them … Led Division 2 in first round scoring avg. (67.00), par 3 scoring (3.01), par 4 scoring (3.88), subpar strokes per round (4.94) and bogeys per round (1.81); was second in total birdies (149) and par 5 scoring (4.57) … Led all divisions in par 4 scoring and subpar strokes per round, and was fourth in par scoring … Became the second UWF player to win the NCAA individual title, following Orjan Larsen in 1998 … Won the title with a 70-66-73=209 total, erasing a 3-shot deficit over the final three holes … Claimed the Arnold Palmer National Individual Champion Award after earning medalist honors at the NCAA Championship … Won both of his matches in the NCAA Quarterfinals (vs. Ben Thompson of Newberry) and Semifinals (vs. Christian Anderson of Florida Southern) of the Medal/Match Play portion of the championship with a 68 each round … First Team All-America, First Team PING All-South Region, First Team All-Gulf South Conference … Finished runner-up at the NCAA South/SE Regional with a 68-66-69=203 total … Named the 2017 Gulf South Conference Player of the Year, following his second-straight GSC crown with a 66-67-71=204 score, missing the tourney record by a stroke … Has won eight of his last 15 college tournaments dating back to the 2016 GSC Championship … Posted a school record and career-best round 62 at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in the opening round of the Southeastern Collegiate in Valdosta, Ga., which was tied for seventh-lowest round in college golf all year … Named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and to the GSC Academic All-Conference team … Advanced to the USGA’s U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier with a runner-up finish 69 in the local qualifier at Rocky Bayou Country Club in Niceville, Fla. … Will play in the Springfield, Ohio event at Springfield Country Club with head coach Steve Fell as his caddie.

2015-16 (Sophomore): First Team All-America, First Team PING All-South Region, First Team All-Gulf South Conference and GSC Player of the Year … Jack Nicklaus Award Finalist … Finished with a 71.49 stroke average, which ranked second in UWF single-season history … Leading UWF to the Quarterfinals of the 2016 NCAA Championship … Tied for 16th at the NCAA Championship with a 73-71-69=213 score … Shot a 71 in the Medal Match Play quarterfinals against Alistair Docherty of Chico State … Finished third at the NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional (65-71-73=209) … Won the GSC individual title by four shots with a 71-68-69=208 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Fighting Joe Course in Muscle Shoals, Ala. … Tied for runner-up honors at the Argonaut Invitational (70-75-68=213) … Had four top-5 finishes … GSC Academic All-Conference … 2015-16 ADA Academic Achievement Award recipient … Named the UWF Male Athlete of the Year.

2014-15 (Freshman): Earned Second Team All-Gulf South Conference honors after posting a 74.33 stroke average … Led an impressive freshman campaign by being one of two Argonauts to play in all 11 tournaments … Finished 28th at the 2015 NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional (74-75-73=222) … Three top-10 finishes … Two top-5 finishes … Runner-up finish at the 2014 Brickyard Crossing Intercollegiate with a 73-70=143 score … Third place finish at the 2015 Bobcat Invitational with a 69-66-75=210, highlighted by his lowest rounds of the season shooting in the 60s in the first two rounds.

Prep: Four year letterwinner at Buchholz HS for coach Brian Tribby … Top tournaments included a third place finish at the 2013 AJGA Ravenwood Junior Championship and 18th at the AJGA Preseason Junior at Innisbrook.

Personal: Full name is Chandler Laurent Francis DuRest Blanchet … Was born on Jan. 25, 1996 in Gainesville, Fla. … Son of Lily and Pierre Blanchet … Home course is Gainesville Country Club … Started playing golf when he was seven years old, playing with his brother, Christian (8 years older), who later played at South Alabama … Has four hole-in-ones, with the last coming at the 2015 Patriot Intercollegiate.