Pro Golfer Found Dead in Her Home

Nevada police haven't said if Erica Blasberg met with foul play

By Greg Wilson
|  Tuesday, May 11, 2010  |  Updated 8:00 AM PDT
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Pro Golfer Found Dead in Her Home

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CORNING, NY - MAY 22: Erica Blasberg laughs on the ninth tee while waiting for the fairway to clear during the first round of the LPGA Corning Classic at Corning Country Club on May 22, 2008 in Corning, New York. (Photo by Kyle Auclair/Getty Images)

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Golf pro Erica Blasberg was found dead in her suburban Las Vegas home Sunday, and police still aren't saying whether foul play is suspected.

The 25-year-old LPGA member's death is under investigation, according to Henderson police spokesman Keith Paul. Paul told The Associated Press police responding to a 911 call went to Blasberg's three-bedroom house around 3 p.m. on Sunday and made the discovery. He did not say who called authorities.

Blasberg's agent, Chase Callahan, confirmed her death but declined to provide details because of the investigation.

Blasberg played her first and only LPGA event two weeks ago in Mexico and tied for 44th. While in college at the University of Arizona, she won six tournaments and played on the Curtis Cup team in 2004 before turning pro after two years.

LPGA spokesman David Higdon called Blasberg's death a "tough hit" for women's golf.

"She was a very popular player and well-liked and we're going to miss her," Higdon said. "This is a very close-knit group of players and tour and we're saddened by what happened."

LPGA player Meg Mallon said the news will "hit hard" for tour participants.

"I'm just very sad and just really kind of sick to my stomach that a life ended so young," Mallon said.

According to her website, Blasberg began golfing at age 5 under the guidance of her father, Mel Blasberg.

"The most rewarding part of being a professional golfer are the wonderful fans I meet," she wrote on the site's home page.

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