Danielle Downey: Media Statement
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.
Downey began her professional career on the Symetra Tour in 2003 and recorded 7 top 10 finishes and a victory at the 2004 Lima Memorial FUTURES Golf Classic. She played on the LPGA Tour from 2006 to 2010 where she recorded a career-best fourth place finish at the 2008 Bell Micro LPGA Classic.
Following her professional career as a player, Downey caddied on the LPGA for Sarah Kemp and Laura Diaz before returning to her alma matter of Auburn University when head coach Kim Evans was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Downey stepped-in and led the Auburn Tigers to a berth in the NCAA Championship where they finished sixth, the team’s best showing in the tournament in eight years.
Danielle played at Auburn from 1999-2003, earning All-America honors in 2000, 2002 and 2003. She was All-SEC all four years; earning first-team honors three times, and was the 2000 SEC Tournament champion. She also led Auburn to SEC team championships in 2000 and 2003.
Please keep Danielle’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.