Youngblood takes over Southeastern golf program

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DURANT – Southeastern Director of Athletics Keith Baxter has announced the hiring of Sydney Youngbloodto leads the Savage Storm Men’s Golf program.

She will begin immediately, replacing Gipper Sullivan who departed after the 2021 spring season.

“I’m looking forward to returning to Durant,” Youngblood said. “And being able to coach a collegiate team here in the town I have been fortunate to call home. Southeastern has had a lot of great golfers come through here and I am excited and looking forward to continuing that trend for the future.”

“The addition of Sydney Youngblood as the Head Men’s Golf coach is exciting,” Baxter said. “Sydney has a great resume as a player but she also possesses an outstanding ability to teach, knowledge of course management and an understanding of what it takes to be competitive.  We are fortunate to have her, I think the future is very bright for Southeastern golf.”

Youngblood takes over the program after serving the 2020-21 season as a graduate assistant under Sullivan, helping guide the team to a trio of top-10 finishes and a sixth-place finish at the Great American Conference Championship, led by Jordan Holifield who finished top-20 or better in all six events in the spring.

Youngblood played her collegiate golf at Oklahoma where she served as team captain and over her career turned in a pair of top-10 finishes and four top-20 marks, while carrying a 73.41 average score per round over 61 career rounds.

She recorded a career best 64 in the fall of 2018 at the Schooner Fall Classic.

Prior to playing for the Sooners she was a four-time Oklahoma Class 5A State Champion at Durant High School and was a force on the junior tour with multiple AJGA titles and top-10 finishes.

Youngblood earned her undergraduate degree in communication in May of 2020 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Sport Administration at Southeastern.

She is once again residing in Durant and is engaged to be married to Devon Blanton.

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