Danielle Downey dies in car crash

Former LPGA golfer Danielle Downey, 33, died in a single-car accident on Thursday night in Auburn, Ala.

The coroner says Downey lost control on Lee Road 57, the car overturned several times and she was ejected at about 10 p.m. Thursday. Lee County Coroner Bill Harris says she was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Downey was in her second season as Auburn University's director of golf operations. She filled in for coach Kim Evans during the 2012-13 season after Evans was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Evans says Downey "meant so much to me, the girls and this program."

Downey played on the LPGA Tour from 2006-2010 and had a career-best fourth-place finish at the 2008 Bell Micro LPGA Classic.

The three-time all-American at Auburn also caddied on the LPGA Tour for Sarah Kemp and Laura Diaz after her playing career ended.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Downey was a three-time All-American who finished second in the NCAA tournament as a junior.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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