Blakey’s lifelong passion for sports began at a young age, but it was golf that truly captured his heart. While he enjoys team sports such as cricket and rugby, golf’s unique blend of solitude and camaraderie proved irresistible to him. He relished the challenge of the game, both as a test of character and a measure of personal achievement. At the age of 15, Blakey was not only interested in hitting a little white ball with a stick, but also the boundaries of the course, the confines of the game, and the intricacies of the game’s rules and behavior.
Blakey has devoted himself to the sport for over 20 years, mastering not only the physical techniques but also the intricacies of the game’s rules and etiquette. He has a keen understanding of what makes golf such a unique and rewarding pursuit, and he loves sharing that knowledge with others. He has dedicated himself to the administration side of the professional game, where players play for money, but do so adhering to the Rules and conducting themselves within the spirit of the game.
Blakey worked for the state association Golf Victoria for seven years, and Golf Australia for two. During that time, he refereed many Australian Opens, Australian PGA Championships and New Zealand Opens. He also refereed at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, and the 2017 Dell Matchplay, and currently he assists on the Asian Tour and LIV Golf League. He has also run over 100 Rules workshops, and helped many a Committee get themselves out of a sticky situation.
Blakey’s believes that golf is a test of character before it is a test of skill. His passion for golf is matched only by his desire to pass that passion on to others.