Blog Number 8 - 5/11/10

More Tuesday Musings
Blasberg, Haney, Wong, Killmer, First Tee.
After last week's blog entry of the same name (minus the 'more'), it would appear Tuesday is the day for mulling. Indeed, there is much to consider today.

It was with great sadness that I read of the death of Erica Blasberg. The body of the former LPGA Tour player (she lost her card after a poor season last year) was found in her Henderson, NV home on Sunday afternoon. The cause of death has not yet been given.
I was no more familiar with Blasberg than your typical golf fan, but I was certainly aware of her talent (two-time All American and six college wins at the University of Arizona) and vivacious personality. The fact she was only 25 just makes it all the sadder. Her only appearance on the LPGA this year was at the Tres Marias Championship in Mexico two weeks ago when she finished tied for 44th.
Sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Did you see Hank Haney actually resigned as Tiger Woods's coach? In a statement posted on his web site last night, Haney said he felt it was time to move on and that he had perhaps learned more from Tiger than Tiger had from him. Following each party's recent, very recent, comments about how they were still working together and that nothing had changed, one wonders just how large a grain of salt you have to take with some press conference statements. Coming from England where soccer club chairmen are in the habit of saying the team coach's job is perfectly safe, only to sack him the next day, I know the process well.
Yesterday, at the AT&T National Media Day, TW not only said he was still working with Haney he also insisted the neck problem which forced him to withdraw from the Players Championship on Sunday, was in no way related to his car crash on Thanksgiving night. Of course, that is very possibly true. Then again...
It will be interesting to see if Woods seeks instruction from another coach or whether he will be happy to go it alone for a while, like Ernie Els who decided he no longer needed another pair of eyes following a long relationship with David Leadbetter and a much shorter stint with Butch Harmon.

Tyler Wong had a tough day at a US Open local qualifier (one of 111 around the country) in Medina, WA yesterday. The assistant pro at Sudden Valley shot an 82 at Overlake GCC. Bellingham's Chris Killmer, a senior at the University of Washington, shot a 73 to miss out on the playoff, which decided the last three spots for the sectional qualifier, by three strokes. Western Washington's Xavier Dailly also shot 73. Semiahmoo's Jeff Coston won the event with a four-under 67. Also progressing are Brian Thornton, Derek Berg, Doug Morgan, Isaac Weintraub and Huskies Tze Huang Choo, Richard Lee and Chris Williams.

Jeff Cornish at the First Tee of Snohomish County has confirmed the organization's national home office has approved Snohomish's re-branding and expansion plan which, I mentioned on Saturday, involves Lake Padden in Bellingham. 'Lake Padden has indeed agreed to be a program affiliate,' says Cornish. 'We are thrilled to have their quality staff and program as a partner.'
A fundraising event to help support the program's launch will be held at Bellingham GCC on July 29th. More information on that to come.

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