SoCal memorial held for the late Blasberg

By Associated PressMay 19, 2010, 7:34 pm

CORONA, Calif. – LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg, whose sudden death last week at age 25 remains a mystery, was remembered during a public memorial service in her hometown Wednesday as a passionate competitor with a playful side and a generous heart.

Family members, friends and LPGA golfers praised Blasberg in person and on video during the service at Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona where she played as a high school athlete. Two golf bags stitched with her name stood by her silver coffin.

She was “goofy, fun-loving and ultra-competitive,” Chase Callahan, her agent, told a standing room-only crowd.

“She was a machine when it came to smacking drives down the fairway … she never missed,” he said.

Blasberg had her bags packed for a tournament in Alabama when she died suddenly on May 9 at her home in Henderson, Nev., about 15 miles southeast of Las Vegas. The cause of her death has not been stated pending blood and tissue tests that could take a month or more to complete. Police have not said whether they suspect foul play but have not ruled out any cause, including suicide.

Speakers at the service mentioned her drive and the years she spent learning the game. A burial followed in Corona Del Mar.

They also mentioned her puckish sense of humor and childlike side.

Arden Czyzewski, an executive with Puma who helped choose her to represent its clothing line, noted that in her LPGA biography she mentioned she loved “drawing hearts and stars” as well as snacking, sleeping, cooking, reading tabloids and added, “I think I’m addicted to shopping.”

Her golf coach at the University of Arizona, Greg Allen, said that she loved his wife’s homemade cornbread and always had a “perfect bow in her hair to match today’s outfit.” He also said the woman he knew as Skip – the nickname given to her because she could not skip – was so enthusiastic about golf that once she showed up for a 6 a.m. golf tournament at 2 a.m.

Blasberg was “the girl who could floor you with a grin,” said friend Shane Bacon.

LPGA players remembered her fondly in videos played at the service.

Friend and longtime LPGA player Irene Cho presented her parents with a flag signed by golf tour contestants that came from Blasberg’s last tournament in Mexico.

Her parents wept as they talked about their daughter. Her mother, Debbie Blasberg, held her daughter’s Yorkie, Wynnston, in her arms as she urged the attendees to remember their own children, saying that even if their children were only leaving to go to the next room, “just tell them you love them because you don’t know the next time you’re going to see them.”

Her father, who had coached her, said that on the day of her death he texted her “How’s everything?” but never got a response. Just before midnight that day he heard a knock at the door. It was the Corona police and he learned she was dead. He and his wife went to Las Vegas and stayed overnight at his daughter’s home.

“We had lost something that we had shared and created,” he said, including “a piece of our very spirit.”

“I love her beyond the bounds of earth,” he said.

Blasberg was in her sixth season on the LPGA.

She was a former junior golf standout, an All-American in 2003 and 2004. She was the 2003 NCAA Freshman of the Year and 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year while at the University of Arizona.

She turned professional in June 2004, and won once on the Duramed FUTURES Tour before qualifying for the LPGA Tour in 2005.

Her best year on Tour was 2008, when she earned a career-best tie for eighth at the SBS Open in Hawaii and more than $113,000 in winnings, the LPGA said.

Blasberg played in one event this season, tying for 44th in the April 29-May 2 Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico.

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...


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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

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Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.