Blasberg’s best friend: ‘Everything was good’

Erica Blasberg at the 2008 SBS Open.

Erica Blasberg at the 2008 SBS Open.


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Irene Cho at the 2006 U.S. Women's Amateur.

MOBILE, Ala. – Irene Cho planned to have dinner this week with her best friend on the LPGA tour, Erica Blasberg. Instead, Cho stood on the 10th tee box Wednesday morning at the RTJ Trail’s Magnolia Grove talking about her childhood friend’s mysterious death. Blasberg, 25, was found dead at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon at her home in Henderson, Nev.

An investigation into the cause of death is pending blood and toxicology reports, which will take at least four weeks, a spokeswoman for the Clark County Coroner’s Office said.

“Everything was good,” said Cho, who spent time with Blasberg two weeks ago in Morelia, Mexico, and talked to her by phone days before her death. “I don’t think there was anything bad going on.”

Cho met Blasberg playing junior golf in Southern California. The pair played against each other at Pac-10 schools and then became great friends during their time on the LPGA. Cho tried to pump up Blasberg at dinner in Mexico about having to Monday qualify her way into events. Cho was forced to go that route two years ago and played her best golf. Blasberg traveled to Mexico last month to Monday qualify and made her way to the weekend and a paycheck. She spent Sunday afternoon by the pool at the Tres Marias clubhouse after the round. 

“She was ready,” said Cho, whose caddie, Missy Pederson, was scheduled to loop for Blasberg on Monday. Cho said Pederson received a text from Blasberg early Sunday saying she wasn’t going to make it. They never learned more. 

Cho describes Blasberg as a goofball off the course, a “typical blond California girl” with her share of “blond moments.” 

“Everything always had to be about happiness and laughing,” she said. “We never had any dull moments.”

There will be a service to memorialize Blasberg at 7:30 p.m. today in the Magnolia Grove clubhouse. Players and caddies also are wearing purple ribbons this week in her memory.

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