TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona golfer Erica Blasberg will forego her remaining collegiate eligibility to pursue her dream of becoming a professional golfer, she announced Monday.
A native of Corona, Calif., Blasberg won six individual titles in 20 collegiate tournaments appearances. She held a stroke average of 72.33 during her career at Arizona. Blasberg also had 12 rounds in the 60s and 32 rounds below par.
"We will surely miss Erica [Blasberg] next season, but wish her the best of luck as she pursues her dream of playing on the LPGA Tour,” said Head Coach Greg Allen about Blasberg’s departure. “We appreciate everything she did on and off the golf course for the University of Arizona the past two seasons."
While at Arizona, Blasberg was honored with numerous accolades. In 2003, Blasberg was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year and the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year; she became the only Pac-10 women’s golfer to ever be named both in the same year. In addition, she was also two-time Pac-10 First Team and two-time NGCA First Team All-American. She also was a finalist for the 2003 Honda Award for women’s golf. Her freshman season (2002-03) also included earning the Golfstat Cup, which is given to the player with the lowest stroke average in the country. In addition to all the awards she was able to maintain standing within the top-5 on the Golfweek/Saragrin Performance Index both years at Arizona, including rounding out her successful freshman (2002-03) campaign atop the Index. Blasberg also was honorable mention for Pac-10 All-Academics in 2004
As a sophomore, Blasberg helped lead the young Arizona squad. Hyped as a pre-season All-American she did not disappoint. She was Arizona’s top-finisher in all tournaments she participated in. During the 2003 Stanford-Pepsi Invitational, which Blasberg won, she set her Wildcat career-low tournament of 209 (-7). The highlight of her sophomore season was a victory at the NCAA Central Regional in Normal, Ill., where Blasberg went 212 (-1) in a effort to help her team place 2nd in the Regional. In addition to her Central Regional victory Blasberg also had five rounds in the 60s and 16 rounds below par during the season.
Her freshman season was her most impressive, Blasberg followed in the footsteps of Lorena Ochoa, Annika Sorentstam, Marisa Baena and Natalie Gulbis as University of Arizona women who have medalist honors their freshman seasons, by capturing two titles. Blasberg placed within the top-10 in all, but her first collegiate tournament. Notably she came in third at both the Pac-10 Championships and the NCAA Championships. Her first season also included seven rounds in the 60s and 16 rounds below par. She became one of only two women to shoot a round in the 60s at the NCAA Championships.
Blasberg will join the Futures Tour on July 8-10 at the Stratton Mountain (Vermont) Classic, hoping to earn her LPGA exempt card through a top-5 finish.
Erica Blasberg ?- At A Glance
Career Scoring Average: 72.33
2002-03: 72.36, National low
Tournaments Won (6):
Stanford-Pepsi Invitational Oct. 18-20, 2002 Palo Alto, Calif.
Wildcat Invitational Feb. 24-26, 2003 Tucson, Ariz.
Mason Rudolph Invitational Sept. 26-28, 2003 Nashville, Tenn.
Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (tied) Oct. 6-8, 2003 Seattle, Wash.
Pepsi-Stanford Invitational (tied) Oct. 17-19, 2003 Palo Alto, Calif.
NCAA Central Regional May 6-8, 2004 Normal, Ill.
Honors, Awards and Accolades
2003 Pac-10 Golfer of the Year
2003 Pac-10 Freshman Golfer of the Year
Pac-10 First Team ?- 2003, 2004
NGCA First Team All-American ?- 2003, 2004
Golfstat Cup for nation’s lowest scoring average ?- 2003 (72.36)
Honda Award for Women’s Golf ?- finalist 2003
Golf Digest Player of the Year ?- 2003
- In 61 rounds of collegiate golf, Blasberg was at par or better in 32 rounds
- Blasberg competed in 4 LPGA events as an amateur
- Blasberg finished only three times outside the top-10 in all 20 tournaments she participated in
- Blasberg was a member of the 2004 Curtis Cup team
- Blasberg advanced to the Quarterfinals of the 2003 U.S. women’s amateur
- Blasberg will join 10 other former Wildcats golfers once she reaches the LPGA Tour
- Blasberg finished the 2003 season ranked first on the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, and finished the 2004 season ranked third
- Blasberg made the cut as an amateur in the 2003 Welch’s/Fry’s Championship, finished tied for 49th