Boys' Golf

Varsity

Overview

The Blair Golf Experience

At Blair, we believe that high school golf, at its best, is a vehicle for teaching important values both on and off the course. Chief among those values are honesty, integrity, and respect for both yourself and your opponent. As one of the few high school sports to be played without a referee or scorekeeper, the development of these values is critical to any successful golf season, and we stress them each and every day. In addition to those values, the Blair golf program seeks to instill in its players a mindset of continuous improvement through preparation, competition and honest self-evaluation. Practices are designed to develop these skills, especially as they relate to a player’s short game, course management, and ability to focus and perform under pressure.

Blair finished the 2016 spring with a 15-1 record overall, and a perfect 7-0 record in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL). In addition, Blair won both end-of-season tournaments, the MAPL tournament, which was held at TPC Jasna Polana in Princeton, and the NJ state prep “A” tournament, held at the Peddie School golf course. Junior and Georgetown commit Will Rand ’18 won the individual title at the state tournament, shooting a 5 under par 67. Over the last three years, Blair has compiled a 39-6 match record.

Blair begins each season with a spring trip to a world-class golf destination. For the last two years, we have traveled to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, home of Pete Dye’s Teeth of the Dog (Golf Magazine #42 in the world). In 2014, it was Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, for five days of practice and competition. In addition to playing Teeth of the Dog the last two years, and Pinehurst #2 (2014 U.S. Open) the year before, the Blair golf team has had the opportunity to play some of the top courses in the U.S. over the last few years including Saucon Valley (2009 U.S. Women’s Open), Somerset Hills (Golf Magazine #77 in the world), and Trump National in Bedminster (2022 PGA Championship), where Blair hosted the 2015 MAPL championship.

Finally, Blair boasts an indoor practice room, complete with launch monitor and simulator, as well as a hitting mat and net and an artificial putting surface. The practice facility is in our athletic complex right in the center of campus and is available for student use throughout the winter and spring.

The Course

Blair is blessed to have its own nine-hole golf course right on campus. Set among rolling hills and playing through the woods on the edge of campus, the course is both great fun and a great challenge for golfers of all levels. It is a 3000 yard par 35, and its USGA rating/slope, adjusted for 18 holes, is 69.4/126. Provided it is not covered in snow in the winter months, the course is open to students to play throughout the year. In the fall, students who are not otherwise required to play a team sport may participate in the recreational golf program. Students use this program as a way to work on their games, regardless of their level of play, in September and October.

Blair-Wellington Golf Exchange

Finally, Blair is the American host school of the Blair-Wellington Golf Exchange, an annual golf exchange program run in conjunction with Wellington College in England. Every two years, Blair selects eight high-school juniors and seniors from up and down the East Coast to travel to England for a three week competitive tour of some of England’s best golf courses. In alternate years, a British schoolboy team travels to the United States to do the same here. For more information, click on the "Blair-Wellington Golf Exchange" tab above.

For more information on boys' golf at Blair, please contact head varsity coach at (908) 362-8654.

Meet the Coach

Meet Coach Sykes

joined Blair's history department in 2000. He teaches global issues and western civilization and is head of the Rules and Discipline Committee. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in 1999 and earned a master's degree in history from Rutgers University in 2008. Andrew lives in Rea House with his wife, Kate, with whom he has a daughter, Lyla, and son, Ollie. In addition to coaching varsity boys' golf, he serves dorm duty in Locke Hall.

Schedule

View directions to athletic events. To read recaps about past events, go to the "Team News" tab above.

Opponent Date Time Advantage Result Score Status
vs.
Peddie
Home
vs.
Hun
Home
Peddie, Hill School @ Hill School
Away
vs.
Lawrenceville
Home
TBD - Swing Against Cancer Tournament @ TBD
TBD
TBD
Hun @ Jasna Polana Golf Club
Away
Hill, Lawrenceville @ Lawrenceville
Away
TBD - MAPLs @ Blair
TBD
TBD - States @ Peddie
TBD

Team News

News & Recaps

Photos

View more photos from the 2016-2017 season or past years on Blair's Flickr.

Blair-Wellington Golf Exchange

WellingtonThe Blair-Wellington Golf Exchange began in 1969, and we celebrate 40-plus years of tours. Originally, the exchange began when Blair Academy sent a team of seven to The Stowe School.

The following year, Stowe sent a team of seven to Blair, thus beginning the illustrious tradition. Presently, the coordinator of the program works at Wellington College, so the tour has become known as the Blair-Wellington Golf Exchange.

By 1971, other schools were included in the competition and, to date, over 70 schools and over 200 players here and abroad have participated in this extraordinary tradition. In 1992, teams were expanded to eight players when a selection decision between two players could not be made and, as a result, they’ve played that way ever since.

The Tour Today
The Tour TodayThe tour lasts approximately three weeks, and participants play approximately 20 matches. The British team, the Swifts, comes one year to the United States in March and April. The following year, the American team heads to England in June and July. While there, we play some of the finest courses in England, including Royal St. George’s, Sunningdale, and Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s.

Simply being chosen to participate in these events is considered by all to be a success. Players are chosen for their sportsmanlike approach to competition and talent on the golf course. The players are top-notch, well-rounded individuals with a keen sense of fair play. Blair’s top golfers, assuming they meet the criteria for participation, are given preference when final decisions are made.

The golf exchange has delighted schools and families by bringing an unparalleled golfing experience to the players who undoubtedly walk away with memories to last a lifetime. Usually, American tour members from one year will play host to the British team the following year. The same is true of British participants hosting their American counterparts. This reciprocal nature of the tour helps build a sense of camaraderie between the British and American participants, and also helps keep the cost of the tour at a reasonable level.

Wellington

If you have any questions about the Blair-Wellington Golf Exchange, please contact or .

Past Results

Spring 2017

Date Opponent Location Start Info
4/4 St. Peter's Prep Home 4:00 pm
4/5 Princeton Day School Away 3:45 pm 210-211 W
4/5 Pennington Away 3:45 pm 210-205 L
4/8 Peddie Home 2:30 pm 205-210 W
4/12 NJ Open Away 12:30 pm 1st-of 16
4/13 St. Peter's Prep Home 4:00 pm 196-230 W
4/17 Blue Devil Invitational Away 4th-of 14
4/19 Hun Away 3:30 pm 210-232 W
4/22 Warren Hills Home 1:00 pm 191-240 W
4/26 Lawrenceville Away 3:30 pm 193-200 W
4/27 Delbarton Away 3:30 pm 163-152 L
4/29 Swing Against Cancer Tournament @ Peddie Away 1:00 pm 2nd-of 11
5/3 Hill Home 3:00 pm 205-210 W
5/3 Lawrenceville Home 3:00 pm 205-216 W
5/4 Hun Away 4:00 pm 201-252 W
5/10 MAPLs @ Peddie Away 1:00 pm 1st-Place
5/12 North Warren Home 3:30 pm 193-232 W
5/13 Hill Away 1:00 pm
5/15 Phillipsburg Home 4:00 pm
5/18 States @ Peddie Away 10:00 am 2nd-Place

Spring 2016

Date Opponent Location Time Results
4/1 North Warren Home 3:45 pm PPD
4/5 Westfield TBD 164-169 W
4/5 St. Peter's Away 4:00 pm 164-199 W
4/9 Blair Invitational Home 1:00 pm Canceled
4/10 Swifts Home
4/13 N.J. Open @ FDU Away 2:00 pm
4/16 Peddie Home 2:30 pm 196-211 W
4/18 Blue Devil Invitational Away 12:00 pm 5th -Place
4/20 Hun Away 3:30 pm 196-214 W
4/22 St. Peter's Home 4:00 pm 209-241 W
4/26 Delbarton @ Somerset Hills Golf Club Away 3:45 pm 155-152 L
4/27 Lawrenceville Away 3:30 pm 196-210 W
4/29 Rutgers Prep Home 4:00 pm Canceled
4/30 Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament @ Peddie Away 1:00 pm 2nd-Place
5/3 Hunterdon Central Away 4:00 pm 206-207 W
5/4 Hill Home 3:30 pm 203-207 W
5/4 Lawrenceville Home 3:30 pm 203-226 W
5/5 Hun Home 4:00 pm 200-214 W
5/6 North Warren Home 3:30 pm 207-225 W
5/9 Pennington Home 4:00 pm 198-199 W
5/9 Princeton Day School Home 4:00 pm 198-234 W
5/11 MAPLs Away 1st-Place
5/14 Hill Away 2:00 pm 215-221 W
5/19 States @ Peddie Away 10:00 am 1st-Place

Spring 2015

Date Opponent Location Time Results
4/1 Gill St. Bernard's Home 3:45 pm PPD
4/6 St. Peter's Away 4:00 pm 155-175 W
4/8 Peddie Home 3:30 pm 214-199 L
4/10 Belvidere Home 3:45 pm 187-313 W
4/11 Blair Invitational Home 1:00 pm 2nd-Place
4/13 Princeton Day School Away 3:45 pm 202-246 W
4/13 Pennington Away 3:45 pm 202-214 W
4/15 N.J. Open @ FDU Away 12:30 pm 5th-Place
4/17 St. Peter's Home 3:45 pm 199-217W
4/18 Hill Away 2:30 pm 216-222 W
4/20 Pennington Home 4:00 pm Canceled
4/22 Hun Home 4:00 pm 191-213W
4/25 Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament @ Peddie Away 1:00 pm 2nd-Place
4/27 Pingry Away 4:00 pm 166-179 W
4/27 Delbarton Away 4:00 pm 166-166 W
4/29 Lawrenceville Away 3:30 pm 198-197 L
5/3 Metedeconk Prep Challenge Away 1:00 pm
5/6 Hill Home 3:00 pm 185-237 W
5/6 Lawrenceville Home 3:00 pm 185-205 W
5/7 Hun Away 3:30 pm 198-227 W
5/9 MAPLs Away 1:30 pm 2nd-Place
5/14 States @ Peddie Away 10:00 am 5th-Place

Spring 2014

Date Opponent Location Time Results
4/2 Hun Home 4:00 pm 198-238 W
4/5 Peddie Home 2:00 pm 212-244 W
4/7 Garden State Invitational Away
4/12 Swifts Away
4/14 Belvidere Home 3:45 pm 195-278 W
4/16 Lawrenceville Away 3:45 pm 198-202 W
4/23 Delbarton @ Morris County Golf Club Away 3:30 pm 160-159 L
4/25 Pennington Home 4:00 pm 201-215 W
4/25 Princeton Day School Home 4:00 pm 201-244 W
4/26 Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament @ Peddie Away 1:00 pm
4/28 Delaware Valley @ Oak Hill Golf Club Away 4:00 pm Canceled
4/29 St. Peter's Home 4:00 pm Canceled
4/30 Lawrenceville Home 3:30 pm Postponed
5/3 Hill Home 1:30 pm 362-361 L
5/6 North Warren Home 3:30 pm 144-180 W
5/6 Jefferson High School Home 3:30 pm 144-160 W
5/7 Hun Away 3:30 pm 198-208 W
5/8 Phillipsburg Home 3:45 pm 194-214 W
5/10 MAPLs @ Peddie Away 1:00 pm Postponed
5/12 MAPLs @ Peddie Away 1:00 pm Tied - 2nd Place
5/13 Pope John Home 3:45 pm Canceled
5/14 Lawrenceville Home 3:30 pm 191-208 W
5/15 States @ Peddie Away 10:00 am Tied- 2nd Place

The Kerry Cup

Coach Sykes at the Kerry Cup

In July 2016, Coach Sykes spent eight days working with college coaches and top junior golfers from across the country at the Kerry Cup in Waterville, Ireland. In addition to 60+ aspiring college golfers, the program featured college coaches from Princeton, Duke, Brown, Yale, Dartmouth, Middlebury, Emory, University of Richmond, Amherst and Trinity. Through a series of clinics, seminars and tournaments, the golfers were exposed to all aspects of the recruiting process including evaluations by coaches, Q and A sessions with coaches and recruiting consultants, and mock interviews with coaches. “It was a great experience for me,” said Coach Sykes, “as I was able to not only get to know and work with some great coaches and kids, but I was also able to gain valuable insight into the recruiting process, into what coaches are looking for and how kids can best package themselves as prospective student-athletes.”

Coach Sykes plans to return to Waterville for the Kerry Cup again in July 2017.

Read more on the Kerry Cup 2017.

From Blair Golf to College Golf

From Blair Golf to College Golf

In the last five years, four Blair golfers have gone on to play in college, two at the Division III level (both at Franklin & Marshall), and two as Division I scholarship athletes at Old Dominion and Georgetown respectively (read more on Nick Rencis ’15’s success at Old Dominion).

As the recruiting process is different for each student-athlete, we believe in working with families early in their child’s Blair career to get a sense of both golf and college goals. In doing so, we work together to set appropriate summer tournament schedules that will maximize both exposure and potential for success. In addition, Coach Sykes works with many of the top collegiate coaches (and junior golfers) each summer at the Kerry Cup in Waterville, Ireland. This allows him to bring an experienced perspective to the process. For more information, see the "Kerry Cup" tab above.

For those who want to compete at the college level Blair offers a year-round golf experience, with fall afternoons spent practicing on their own, and the aforementioned indoor space to practice in the winter. In addition, Blair golfers have the opportunity to work with the School’s strength and conditioning coach on golf-specific strength programs in the fall and in the winter. The result is a year-round program that not only gets students ready to compete in the spring and summer, but also prepares them for college golf.

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Welcome

Whether you are a current Blair student, prospective Blair student, parent or alum, this brief overview will give you a sense of the values and expectations of the Blair golf program.

The Blair Golf Experience

At Blair, we believe that high school golf, at its best, is a vehicle for teaching important values both on and off the course. Chief among those values are honesty, integrity, and respect for both yourself and your opponent. As one of the few high school sports to be played without a referee or scorekeeper, the development of these values is critical to any successful golf season, and we stress them each and every day. In addition to those values, the Blair golf program seeks to instill in its players a mindset of continuous improvement through preparation, competition and honest self-evaluation. Practices are designed to develop these skills, especially as they relate to a player’s short game, course management, and ability to focus and perform under pressure.

JV golf has enjoyed past successes, finishing the 2013 spring with its second-straight nine-win season, winning its last three matches to finish the year at 9-6. In addition, Blair finished third in the New Jersey prep "A" state tournament, defeating league rivals Hun and Lawrenceville along the way. At that tournament, Nick Rencis '15 finished second individually, shooting a 1-under par 70, and helping to earn him first team all-Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) honors.

Blair boasts an indoor practice room, complete with a hitting net and mat, as well as an artificial putting surface. The practice facility is available for student use throughout the winter and spring.

The Course

Blair is blessed to have its own nine-hole golf course right on campus. Set among rolling hills and playing through the woods on the edge of campus, the course is both great fun and a great challenge for golfers of all levels. It is a 3,000-yard par 35, and its USGA rating/slope, adjusted for 18 holes is 69.4/126. Provided it is not covered in snow in the winter months, the course is open to students to play throughout the year. In the fall, students who are not otherwise required to play a team sport may participate in the recreational golf program. Students use this program as a way to work on their games, regardless of their level of play, in September and October.

Blair-Wellington Golf Exchange

Finally, Blair is the American host school of the Blair-Wellington Golf Exchange, an annual golf exchange program run in conjunction with Wellington College in England. Every two years, Blair selects eight high school juniors and seniors from up and down the East Coast to travel to England for a three-week competitive tour of some of England’s best golf courses. In alternate years, a British schoolboy team travels to the United States to do the same here. For more information, click the "Blair-Wellington Golf Exchange" tab above.

Meet the Coach

Meet Coach Clarke

Quint Clarke '87 joined Blair's history department in 2001. After completing his undergraduate work at Rutgers University in 1991, he went on to earn his JD from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden in 1994. At Blair, he teaches global issues and constitutional law, as well as coaches varsity girls' basketball. Quint also runs “Blair in Kenya,” a nonprofit that is building and running two schools in Kenya. Over his years at Blair, he has been the international monitor, taught in the English and religion departments, and coached a number of other sports. Prior to coming to Blair, Quint clerked for Judge Ronald Graves in Newton, New Jersey, was an associate attorney at the law firm of Laddey, Clark and Ryan in Sparta, and served as an adjunct professor at Sussex County Community College.

Schedule

Opponent Date Time Advantage Result Score Status
vs.
Peddie
Home
vs.
St. Benedict's Prep
Home
vs.
Lawrenceville
Home
TBD - JV Invitational @ Lawrenceville
TBD
TBD
vs.
Peddie
Away

View more photos from the 2016-2017 season or past years on Blair's Flickr.

Roster

No players were found for this team

Photos

View more photos from the 2016-2017 season or past years on Blair's Flickr.

Past Results

Spring 2017

Date Opponent Location Start Info
4/5 Peddie Away 4:00 pm 223-215 L
4/12 Princeton Day School Away 3:45 pm 245-260 W
4/19 Gill St. Bernard's Home 4:00 pm 246-271 W
4/24 St. Benedicts Home 4:00 pm 198-207 W
4/26 Lawrenceville Away 3:30 pm 215-227 W
5/1 Gill St. Bernard's Home 4:00 pm 203-233 W
5/4 Hun Home 4:00 pm
5/10 Peddie Home 4:00 pm 234-271 W
5/13 Lawrenceville Home 2:30 pm
5/17 West Essex Away 180-228 W
5/17 Montville High School Away 3:00 pm 180-211 W

Spring 2016

Date Opponent Location Time Results
4/16 Peddie Home 2:30 pm 262-229 L
4/18 Gill St. Bernard's Home 3:45 pm 208-220 W
4/27 Lawrenceville Away 3:30 pm 257-217 L
5/2 Invitational @ Lawrenceville Away 4:00 pm
5/5 Hun Home 4:00 pm 164-158 L
5/9 Princeton Day School Home 4:00 pm
5/11 Peddie Away 3:45 pm 252-214 L
5/17 North Warren Home 3:45 pm W

Spring 2015

Date Opponent Location Time Results
4/1 Gill St. Bernard's Home 3:45 pm PPD
4/8 Peddie Away 3:30 pm 274-232 L
4/10 Belvidere Home 3:45 pm 164-201 W
4/13 Oratory Prep Home 4:00 pm PPD
4/15 Lawrenceville Home 3:30 pm 259-224 L
4/20 Oratory Prep Home 4:00 pm PPD
4/22 Hun Home 4:00 pm 195-213 W
4/24 Gill St. Bernard's Home 3:45 pm 201-213
4/29 Lawrenceville Away 3:30 pm 246-240 L
5/9 Peddie Home 2:00 pm 243-237 L
5/11 St. Benedict's Home 4:00 pm Canceled

Blair-Wellington Golf Exchange

WellingtonThe Blair-Wellington Golf Exchange began in 1969, and we celebrate 40-plus years of tours. Originally, the exchange began when Blair Academy sent a team of seven to The Stowe School.

The following year, Stowe sent a team of seven to Blair, thus beginning the illustrious tradition. Presently, the coordinator of the program works at Wellington College, so the tour has become known as the Blair-Wellington Golf Exchange.

By 1971, other schools were included in the competition and, to date, over 70 schools and over 200 players here and abroad have participated in this extraordinary tradition. In 1992, teams were expanded to eight players when a selection decision between two players could not be made and, as a result, they’ve played that way ever since.

The Tour Today
WellingtonThe tour lasts approximately three weeks, and participants play approximately 20 matches. The British team, the Swifts, comes one year to the United States in March and April. The following year, the American team heads to England in June and July. While there, we play some of the finest courses in England, including Royal St. George’s, Sunningdale, and Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s.

Simply being chosen to participate in these events is considered by all to be a success. Players are chosen for their sportsmanlike approach to competition and talent on the golf course. The players are top-notch, well-rounded individuals with a keen sense of fair play. Blair’s top golfers, assuming they meet the criteria for participation, are given preference when final decisions are made.

The golf exchange has delighted schools and families by bringing an unparalleled golfing experience to the players who undoubtedly walk away with memories to last a lifetime. Usually, American tour members from one year will play host to the British team the following year. The same is true of British participants hosting their American counterparts. This reciprocal nature of the tour helps build a sense of camaraderie between the British and American participants, and also helps keep the cost of the tour at a reasonable level.

WellingtonIf you have any questions about the Blair-Wellington Golf Exchange, please contact or .

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