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LPGA Golfer Blasberg Found Dead at 25

by Jeremy Fine

May 13, 2010 | 10:35 pm

Before Monday few people outside of the LPGA tour knew of Erica Blasberg. It is sad that it took such an unfortunate event to learn about her story. Blasberg was a successful collegiate golfer. She has been a professional golfer since 2004. Monday, Blasberg was found dead at her home in Henderson Nevada at the young age of 25.

Blasberg was a professional golfer on the LPGA tour. Before Blasberg turned pro she attended Arizona University where she was ranked #1 in the country as freshman. Soon after her sophomore year she decided to take her game to the next level. She turned pro in 2004 and quickly won the Laconia Savings Bank Golf Classic. By 2005 she was on the circuit but did not experience too much success. Early on she struggled to make cuts and rarely finished near the top. From 2006 -2008 she finished near the bottom on the annual money lists. In 2009 she attempted to put her professional life back on track, but never really got started. In 2010 her playing opportunities were limited. She did play in one tournament, the Tres Marias Championship in Mexico, where she finished 44th.

Her connection to Judaism was not particularly strong. Recently, a fan asked on her website about her connection to Judaism. She responded by saying she was Christian, Catholic, and Jewish but not particularly religious. She has also been seen in pictures wearing a Cross. Currently, her website www.EricaBlasberg.com is down out of respect for Blasberg’s memory. Her webpage reads, “Out of respect for the Blasberg family and due to the overwhelming inquiries relating to Erica’s untimely and tragic death, EricaBlasberg.com is currently offline until further notice. A memorial service for Erica Blasberg will be held on May 19th at 11:00am at Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona (CA). The service is open to the public. Those who wish to send flowers can deliver arrangements to the Eagle Glen Golf Club and cards and letters can be sent for the Blasberg family to REP 1 Sports Group or can be emailed to chase@rep1sports.com. We thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.”

Her father, Mel, found Erica’s body and immediately called 9-1-1. He thought originally that it was suicide but then recanted his statement. There is currently an ongoing investigation into the Blasberg case. Erica Blasberg seemed to be a wonderful human being who never gave up on her dream. We wish her family our condolences and may her memory be for a blessing.

And Let Us Say…Amen.

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Rabbi Jeremy Fine is the Assistant Rabbi at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul MN. He was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he also received a Masters in Jewish...

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