Players memorializing Blasberg at LPGA event
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
MOBILE, Ala. – Players are wearing purple ribbons at the Bell Micro LPGA Classic in memory of Erica Blasberg, the 25-year-old LPGA member who was found dead in her Henderson, Nev., home Sunday afternoon.
A player who arrived in Mobile on Saturday saw Blasberg’s name on the rental car list. Blasberg had planned to play in the Monday qualifier, according to her agent, Chase Callahan.
“We just saw her two weeks ago in Morelia,” Juli Inkster said. “It think everybody’s (feeling) like it’s a dream. It’s not really happening.”
Inkster said Blasberg’s stylish looks and spunky personality would be missed on tour.
“Just because you’re not a top player doesn’t mean you’re not a part of the team,” she said.
LPGA commissioner Mike Whan feels more father-like than CEO out here. He didn’t know Blasberg, whose only appearance this season was a tie for 44th in the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico, but said the tight-knit tour felt as if it lost a family member over the weekend and described the mood as guarded.
“There never are right words when someone leaves at 25,” he said.
When players asked Whan if he knew any further details of Blasberg’s death, he gave each one the same response.
“Does it matter?” he asked.