Even as the LPGA’s high-flying popularity continues to soar in North Texas, players and officials go about their business with heavy hearts as one of their own continues to suffer.
On Monday, an automobile crash brought tragic news to the family of former LPGA Tour player Susie Redman Kirk.
John Redman, Kirk’s eldest son, was seriously injured, and his fiancée, Brittany Huber, was killed instantly when their SUV crashed on I-85 in Newnan, Georgia, just south of Atlanta. The two were driving to Mobile, Alabama, for their Saturday wedding.
The families held a memorial today in Mobile, in the church where the two were to wed.
“Our entire organization mourns with former player Susie Kirk, who competed as Susie Redman, and her entire family,” an LPGA statement read. “The tragic car accident earlier this week that seriously injured her son, John Redman, and took the life of his fiancée, Brittany Huber, is a reminder of just how fragile life truly is.
“John was one of the first children to take part in the LPGA’s childcare program and the entire Redman family became an integral part of the LPGA family during Susie’s 24-year LPGA career. Our thoughts and prayers are with Susie and her entire family during this difficult time and we wish the best for John in his recovery.”
Kirk, a native of Spanish Fort, Alabama, now teaches with her husband, Kevin, at The Woodlands. She was inducted into the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Her son, a basketball star from the area, played at Spring Hill College before transitioning to his current position as assistant coach at Dalton State College in Georgia.
Huber, a native of Mobile who was deaf and worked as a paraprofessional at City Park Elementary School in Dalton, will be laid to rest in her hometown. John is being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.