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Kathy Krickstein Pressel

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"I went to prom [in 2005]," said Pressel, who will play in next week's Michelob Ultra Open in Kingsmill, Va., instead."It's overrated."Pressel graduates from St. Andrews School in Boca Raton on May 20.She turns 18 three days later.Because she has been such a fixture on the women's golf scene, it seems like she should be turning 28 instead.Turning cartwheels by the time she was 2, it didn't take long for Pressel - who was born in Tampa and moved to Boca Raton when she was 8 - to discover that sports would be an outlet to express herself.It just might surprise those who know her family that her chosen sport is golf.Given her family background, one would assume Pressel would be excelling on the tennis courts.Her late mother, Kathy Krickstein Pressel, played for the University of Michigan.But Pressel went against family tradition and hit the links instead of the courts.She was 8 when her grandfather took her out on the course a couple of times and she was hooked."[My grandfather] says that it was because I was too slow for tennis," she said.And last year, Pressel nearly won the Open.She finished as runner-up to Birdie Kim, who holed a bunker shot on the 72nd hole to hold off the phenom.After receiving special age exemption, Pressel qualified for the LPGA Tour on her first attempt, turning down a golf scholarship to Duke University in the process.She began her rookie season in February.At last week's Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open in Reunion, Pressel failed to make the cut in an LPGA event for the first time since she made her debut at the 2001 Open.Most of the attention focused on 13-year-old Palm Harbor resident Dakoda Dowd playing in her first LPGA event."It's a subject that's close to my heart," Pressel said."I understand what she's going through, and if this is a place where she can kind of get away from all that and have fun playing in a tournament like this, great."Golf became Pressel's escape when her mother died.Kathy, the former tennis director at the Harbour Island Athletic Club, valiantly battled breast cancer before her death in 2003.Since then, Pressel has been raised by her grandfather, whom she affectionately calls "Papa.""Kathy would cry after a round."That was one side of Kathy that has come out in Morgan."Pressel openly wept following her loss to Kim, drawing criticism from some on the tour.


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