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Erica Blasberg (In Memorial) Beauty & The Beast

Her father says she didn’t kill herself, evidence will show...

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(CLEVELAND) - With what seemed like a stunning career ahead of her, the unquestionably stunning Pro Golfer Erica Blasberg, died suddenly last May. Her body was allegeded to have been discovered by a doctor named Thomas Hess who made a 911 call to report her death.

Thomas Hess, who surrendered to
police in Nevada Tuesday last August
for a warrant for removing items at
the suicide scene of pro golfer Erica
Blasberg, whose body Hess discovered.
Photo: Henderson Police

He would later turn himself into police for removing a suicide note and medications from the home of Blasberg.

As an amatuer golfer, Blasberg was the medalist at the 2000 U.S. Girls' Junior, though she lost in the quarterfinals. In 2003, she reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur.

Erica Blasberg attended the University of Arizona and as a freshman was the country's top-ranked college player. Erica earned six victories before leaving in her sophomore year to turn pro.

She was an All-America golfer in both 2003 and 2004, the NCAA's Freshman of the Year in 2003, Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2003, and she won the Golfists Cup, awarded for the NCAA women's lowest stroke average, in 2003. By 2004 she was on the winning United States Curtis Cup team.

Though her pro career had been highly successful, Erica withdrew from the 2010 Tour after participating in just one tournament, the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico where she finished tied for 44th.

As Wikipedia explains, Erica Blasberg was considered one of the LPGA's more photogenic players and in February 2006 she signed with Puma to endorse and wear their clothing. ESPN radio once compared Blasbergto Natalie Gulbis, the LPGA golfer who did a swimsuit calendar.


Erica Blasberg (In Memorial) Beauty & The Beast

Pro Golf takes an eagle’s strength, a dove’s grace,
With the body in contortion, a smile is on the face,
Combination of two opposites, beauty & the beast,
Least likely & most accomplished, famine or feast.

Men’s game is ferocious, LPGA is breakneck speed,
As a lioness pride in the jungle, the kill must bleed,
And although these combatants are friends for sure,
There’s no jealousy but pressure’s quicksand on tour.

Sponsors, commercials, coach, first class, private jet,
Nothing lasts forever now is now get all you can get,
TV commentators and photographers, media galore,
You give your best effort but the fans demand more.

Lopez, Sorenstam, Ochoa, Pressel, Pepper, Inkster,
Gulbis, Wie, Mallon, King, Kerr, Rankin, Creamer,
Daniel, Davies, but for the wrong reasons we heard,
Good looks & talent don’t = success, Erica Blasberg.

There is a program, “Outside The Lines” on ESPN,
Host Bob Lee, dad Mel didn’t know where to begin,
Although they and everyone knew it was a sad end,
How is it possible at 25 on tour, she had no friends?

Film clips showed her father pushing her, no regrets,
He claimed it was what she desired you want to bet?
Having an affair, married man, until it ended, crash,
Suicide with all that talent, bright future, plenty cash?

Quandary, beautiful people kill themselves all the time,
And a person worth millions, fast as one worth a dime,
Poorest ghetto in New York or a Manhattan Penthouse,
Highly groomed poodle, friendly neighborhood mouse.

Henderson, Nevada, police investigation, might we know?
Her father says she didn’t kill herself, evidence will show,
However there’s something missing here as in all suicides,
“I will never fail you or forsake you”, is God at your side?

Is it possible to believe and at the same time still give up?
Dad said his daughter was, “very upbeat” but guess what?
Suicide is not always advertised with a banner or big sign,
In a heartbeat the strongest can become the weakest mind.

“Train up a child in the way, when older they will not depart,”
Proverbs 22:6, teaches the finish is always linked to the start,
Bob Lee talked about the tour, last days of her life, everything,
Except the calm before the pending storm only God can bring.

By Luke Easter

Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.

We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.

Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at:

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