Former University of Arizona golfer Erica Blasberg, 25, died Sunday night, according to police and the golfer’s agent.
According to the Associated Press, a police spokesman in Henderson, Nevada, said that authorities were investigating.
Blasberg was in her sixth season on the LPGA Tour, although she had made only one start this season.
At Arizona, Blasberg won six individual titles in 20 events in the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons before turning pro after her sophomore year. She was a two-time first-team All-American and the Pac-10 Player of the Year as a freshman.
As a freshman, she received a sponsor’s exemption into Tucson’s Welch’s/Fry’s
Championship, finishing 49th as an amateur in the tour event.
Her best professional finish was a tie for eighth at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay in 2008.
Her agent, Chase Callahan, said this on LPGA.com:
“We are devastated to learn of the passing of Erica Blasberg. To most of the world, Erica was known as a professional golfer, but she was more than that. She was a loving daughter to her parents and a compassionate and loyal friend. Erica had a good heart, was extremely kind and very thankful for what she had in her life. She lived out her dream of playing professional golf on the highest level on the LPGA Tour, allowing her to help inspire others. We are proud of Erica for everything she accomplished. This is a painful loss, we feel it in our hearts and we will miss her. Erica would want those close to her to celebrate the life she lived. We ask that you keep Erica and her family in your prayers.”