Auburn, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Former LPGA Tour player Danielle Downey
passed away late Thursday evening from injuries suffered in a single car
According to Al.com, Downey lost control of her car on Lee Road 57. Her
vehicle left the roadway and overturned several times. Downey was ejected from
She was pronounced dead on arrival at 10:58 p.m. from a massive head injury
and multiple blunt force impact injuries.
Downey was a member of the LPGA Tour from 2006-10. Her best season was in
2008, when she posted a career-best finish of tied for fourth at the Bell
Micro LPGA Classic and she also shared 14th at the SemGroup Championship.
"The LPGA Tour is deeply saddened about the passing of long-time member and
friend, Danielle Downey who was killed in a single car accident last night in
Auburn, Alabama. Danielle played on the LPGA Tour from 2006 through the 2010
season," the LPGA said in a statement. "Downey, originally from Rochester,
N.Y., began her professional career on the Symetra Tour in 2003 and recorded
seven top-10 finishes and a victory at the 2004 Lima Memorial FUTURES Golf
Prior to joining the LPGA, Downey was a three-time All American at Auburn.
After her playing career ended, Downey caddied for a pair of LPGA players
before returning to her alma mater.
Downey, who was the Director of Golf Operations at Auburn at the time of her
death, stepped in when Auburn women's golf coach Kim Evans was diagnosed with
ovarian cancer last season. Downey led the team to a sixth place finish at the
NCAA Championship, their best finish in the tournaments eight years.
"I'm absolutely devastated," said Evans, Auburn head women's golf coach.
"Danielle meant so much to me, the girls and this program. Not only did she
give much of her life to Auburn as a student-athlete and as a mentor to these
young women, but she was so instrumental to this team during some tough times
over the past year. Danielle was like a daughter to me."
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