MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) _ Heather Wilbur, who competed for four years on the LPGA’s developmental tour, died Tuesday of complications from leukemia. She was 27.
Wilbur played on the Futures Tour until this year when her health stopped her from competing.
She fell ill last October after she failed to qualify for the LPGA Tour. She was diagnosed with acute mylogenous leukemia.
She joined the Futures Tour in 2000 and her best finish was a tie for third that year at the American General Futures Classic in Spring, Texas.
The New Brunswick native competed in the 2001 U.S. Women’s Open, becoming the first golfer from her province to play in an LPGA event.
Earlier this month the Futures Tour established the Heather Wilbur Spirit Award, to be presented to a player who best exemplifies dedication, courage, perseverance, love of the game and spirit toward achieving goals as a professional golfer. Players will vote for the award each year, but Wilbur was the first recipient.
She is survived by her parents, Doris and James Wilbur and her older sister Laura Wilbur, all of Moncton.
Funeral services will be held at St. John’s United Church in Moncton on Friday at 1 p.m.