Las Vegas physician Dr. Thomas Hess pled
guilty Wednesday to one count of misdemeanor
obstruction in the death of LPGA player Erica
Blasberg. He was sentenced to one year of probation and 40 hours of community service.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Hess
told authorities he removed a suicide note and
prescription medications from Blasberg’s home
before police arrived to investigate. He said he
did so to spare her family embarrassment.
Blasberg, 25, was found the afternoon of
May 9 with a plastic bag over her head at her
home in Henderson, Nev. The Clark County coroner’s office in August ruled Blasberg’s death a
suicide. ( for the complete article.)
Norman tapped Frank Nobilo as one of his assistants for the 2011 Presidents Cup, Nov. 17-20
at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia.
Elbert S. Jemison Jr., a former USGA Executive Committee member who helped start the
Association’s Members Program 35 years ago,
died last week in his hometown of Birmingham,
Ala. ... Andy Pazder, a 20-year employee of
the PGA TOUR, has been named Executive VP
and Chief of Operations for the TOUR ... British
Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba
Watson have signed multi-year deals to continue playing Ping golf equipment.
Matteo Manassero was named winner
last week of the Sir Henry Cotton award
as the European Tour rookie of the year.
In October, he won the Castello Masters
to become the youngest winner in Tour
history at the age of 17 years and 188 days.
GM’s Cadillac brand is the new title sponsor of the World Golf Championships PGA
Tour stop at Doral. The auto manufacturer is
on board through at least 2016. The event will
be known as the WGC-Cadillac Championship
... Sony Corp. announced it has extended title
sponsorship of the Sony Open in Hawaii through
2014 and will broadcast the PGA Tour event in
January live in 3-D.
Jay Haas and Michael Jordan will reprise
their roles as assistants to U.S. team captain
Fred Couples, while International captain Greg
Author Vicky Moon’s new
book, “Golf Style: Homes and
Amazon, is published by Clarkson Potter,
a division of Random House. Moon is the wife of
Len Shapiro, a senior correspondent for Global
Collections Inspired by the
Course and the Clubhouse,”
takes readers into the homes
and decorating minds of
famous golfers, award-
winning course designers,
and renowned interior
designers. The coffee-
table book, now available on
Errie Ball, the last surviving player from the
first Masters in 1934, was honored last month
on his 100th birthday by family and friends at
Willoughby GC in Stuart, Fla., where he still
gives lessons several days a week. l
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