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Posts Tagged ‘Pacific 10 Player of the Year.’

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.