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Erica Blasberg, LPGA golfer, death ruled a suicide

LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg’s death was ruled a suicide, accoring to the Clark County, Nevada coroner’s office.

Erica Blasberg (LPGA)

The 25-year-old Blasberg, died May 9 at her home in Henderson, Nevada, 15 miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip. She was found with a plastic bag secured over her head. Police have said while no foul play is suspected, they issued a misdemeanor arrest warrant for Dr. Thomas Hess on obstruction charges.

Police said Dr. Hess, who discovered Blasberg’s body, removed items from the scene, including a suicide note.

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PGA TOUR AND LPGA TOUR NEWS:Texas Open , Bell Micro Classic

compiled from staff, wire and PGA and LPGA reports

Rain washed out the second round of the Texas Open on Friday, and PGA officials said more bad weather this weekend could push the tournament in Monday.

There were more than three inches of rain soaked the Oaks Course TPC San Antonio, where leader Matt Jones and the rest of the field never got on the course.

Matt Jones (pga)

Jones, the 30-year Australian, shot a 6-under-par 66 on Thursday to finish with the first opening-round lead of his career. He has four top-10 finishes in 2010 but has yet to win on tour.

Se Ri Pak shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Brittany Lincicome and Wendy Ward in the Bell Micro LPGA Classic.

Pak, who opened on the 10th tee, had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on her final nine holes to top the second round leaderboard at 9-under par on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex.

Pak won events in 2001 and 2002.

Se Ri Pak (LPGA)

Several of the players wore purple ribbons and wristbands with “EB” and a heart honoring Erica Blasberg, a 25-year-old tour player who was found dead in suburban Las Vegas on Sunday. The course flag was at half-staff. There is still no word on the cause of death.

Bell Micro LPGA Classic led by Munoz in Mobile

compiled from staff, wire and LPGA reports

Azahara Munoz shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Katherine Hull and Jee Young Lee in the LPGA Bell Micro Classic, the first event since the death of fellow golfer Erica Blasberg who was found dead earlier this week.

Anahara Munoz LPGA arizona state photo)

Munoz, the former Spanish amateur star who won the 2008 NCAA individual title to lead Arizona State to the team championship, garnered a bogey-free round on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex in Mobile, Alabama.

Christie Kerr, Meena Lee, Janice Moodie and Hye Jung Choi all shot a 67, and Suzann Pettersen, Eunjung Yi, Sun Young Yoo and Amanda Blumenherst opened the tourney with a 68.

The LPGA Tour’s number 1 player, JIyai Shin shot a 70.

The tournament was not played in 2009 because of renovation projects on the course.

Erica Blasberg, LPGA player found dead at 25

compiled from staff, wire, University of Arizona and LPGA reports

Erica Blasberg (LPGA)

25-year-old LPGA Tour golfer Erica Blasberg was found dead found dead on Sunday.

Henderson, Nevada police spokesman Keith Paul said on Monday that authorities are investigating the death and it is not known if foul play was involved or not. Blasberg had only played in one event this season. She tied for 44th two weeks ago at the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico.

Blasberg had a successful career at the University of Arizona before turning pro in 2004. Greg Allen, is her former coach with the Wildcats and remembers her as a fiery competitor whom the Wildcats called “Skip”. When she showed up for her first workout as a freshman in 2002, the Arizona trainer asked the women’s golf team to warm up by skipping around the track. Blasberg told the trainer she didn’t know how to skip. Coach Allen said that her teammates and coaches gave her the appropriate nickname.

Blasberg was a very high-profile and decorate collegiate golfer, winning six tournaments in two years. She was named Golfweek’s 2003 Player of the Year after finishing the season number 1 in the rankings. She also was the 2003 NGCA Freshman of the Year, Pacific 10 Player of the Year and competed on the victorious 2004 Curtis Cup team.

The California native turned professional in June 2004, posting top-10′s in eight starts on the Duramed Futures Tour, including a win at the Lacona Savings Bank Futures Golf Classic. She qualified for the LPGA later that fall.

Erica Blasberg (U of Arizona photo)

Blasberg has struggled on the LPGA Tour, never finishing higher than 94th on the money list. Her career-low 64 on the LPGA Tour came while competing at the Welch’s/Fry Championship, while she was competing as an amateur on a sponsor exemption.

Blasberg, who was quiet and shy, always stayed to herself, did have a few endorsement deals with Puma Golf, Casio and Cleveland Golf.