Well, if Gavin Van Peperzeel could make the final of the weakest $75k Challenger of them all and get a year's worth of mileage out of it, great news for Blake to replicate the feat against tougher opposition there in Lonnie.
It did seem as though he was mounting a charge up the rankings a couple of years ago as a 17/18 year old, but it stalled - it would be a good thing if he can use this to really launch into 2016. Golubev in the final is probably a bridge too far, but you never know and it's still been a fantastic week for him.
I think you are being a tad hard on Gavin - won't ever be a great star in all probability, but at least he has consistently moved in the right direction (albeit slowly) over time, which is more than you can say for a number of the others in his age group!
But yes, great result so far for Blake and hope it augurs well for the year.