Golf

Suspicious Details Surrounding Death of Golfer Erica Blasberg

| by Alex Groberman

LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg was found dead in her Las Vegas home Sunday.

A family spokesman told reporters that police responded to a 911 call around 3 p.m. Police have not yet released information on who made the call.

Blasberg’s agent, Chase Callahan, confirmed the golfer’s death but could not provide any further details because of the ongoing investigation.

Blasberg has played in only one LPGA Tour event in 2010. Two weeks ago, she finished tied for 44th place in a small tournament held in Mexico.

A promising star in college, Blasberg won six times in two years at the University of Arizona. She also played on the Curtis Cup team in 2004, shortly before turning professional.

LPGA spokesman David Higdon said:

“She was a very popular player and well-liked, and we’re going to miss her…This is a very close-knit group of players and tour, and we’re saddened by what happened.”

Police have not yet said whether or not foul play could have played a role in Blasberg’s death, but there are a number of questions regarding her personality.

Described as a bit of a loner, Blasberg was different than other female golfers she shared the course with. Always self-conscious about her appearance, she would never go to a golf match without having make-up on.  

Coming of a stellar college career and blessed with good looks, the female golfer achieved a ton of mainstream recognition. Puma signed her to an endorsement deal in 2006. However, the company ultimately decided to drop her after she failed to live up to expectations on the golf course.

She would never go on to finish in the top 100 on the golf earnings list.

Blaseberg’s father said in a phone interview with Golf Week:

"At first glance it looks like she might have taken her own life, but at second glance, something is very, very strange about it…We're waiting for the police to make an investigation, it's a pending investigation."

In 2009 back problems limited her play and she failed to qualify for the 2010 season.

Despite five years of almost making the leaderboard, she never seemed to make many friends. Her coach Greg Allen specifically noted that it was hard for anyone to really get close to her.

Police will release more details regarding the death once an autopsy is done.