No one appreciated Blanca’s obscurity more than University of Houston golf coach, Dave Williams. Blancas always had a good place to play. His father was greens keeper at River Oaks, one of Houston’s best clubs. Little Homero played the course very early or very late and caddied in between.
Blancas played on two NCAA championship teams, was All-American twice, and shot that 62 and 55 in the summer between his junior and senior years. Blancas played an NCAA championship practice round in 1961 with another college junior, Jack Nicklaus. Blancas was an extremely low-key person who became animated and forceful on two subjects: education and golf. Homero Blancas won four PGA tour titles. He shot 61 in the second round of the 1972 Phoenix Open, which he won. He was 1965 Rookie of the Year and played on the 1973 Ryder Cup team.
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
Born: March 7, 1938