Father of Dead LPGA Golfer Erica Blasberg Says It Wasn't Suicide

"I don't know if it was a suicide or homicide, but I can never imagine her being a person to take her own life or someone wanting to hurt her," her former University of Arizona teammate, Laura Ianello, told ABCNews.com Wednesday.

Greg Allen, her former Arizona coach, said, "I don't know what the reports are going to be," in an interview with ABCNews.com. "I want her to be remembered as that sweet, sweet girl who loved life and being around people, who liked to cut up and have fun."

Her first day of practice at Arizona, Blasberg was given the nickname "Skip."

"The trainer had the team skip and she didn't know how to skip," Allen said. "She was a sweet, innocent, naïve kid."

Fiery on the Green, Girly Off

On the golf course, though, she was a fierce competitor. "She loved to compete," Allen said. "She was fiery, to say the least. She got in trouble a few times -- club slamming. That's how she played."

"She definitely had extremely high expectations for herself," Ianello said. "She could be very aggravated with herself if she didn't shoot well. She did have a temper. She was very aggressive, because she knew she was really good and talented."

Coached by her dad in her hometown of Orange, Calif., Blasberg quickly emerged as a star on the Arizona team, winning six tournaments in two years and becoming a two-time All-American. In 2003, she finished the season No. 1 in the rankings and was named NCAA Freshman of the Year, Pacific-10 Player of the Year and Golfweek's Player of the Year.

But teammate Ianello, now the assistant golf coach at Arizona, said Blasberg didn't gloat about her success. Off the course, she was one of the girls.

"She loved to go shopping, she always had makeup on," Ianello said. "She loved eating out with friends. She was very social, always was up for a good time."

While she was often bubbly, Ianello said Blasberg also remained guarded. Only a few people were really close to her, Ianello said, including Blasberg's boyfriend, Chase Callahan, who met her at Arizona their freshman year even though they came from the same hometown.

The couple broke up but remained friends, and Callahan later became her agent. On Tuesday, he released a statement to the press.

"We are devastated to learn of the passing of Erica Blasberg. To most of the world, Erica was known as a professional golfer, but she was more than that," the statement read. "She was a loving daughter to her parents and a compassionate and loyal friend. Erica had a good heart, was extremely kind and very thankful for what she had in her life."

"She was my daughter so I guess I'm a little bias," Erica's mother, Debra Blasberg said. "But Erica was just... just a regular girl, a sweetheart. And I loved her. I'll miss her."

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