"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.
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.
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
"[My grandfather] says that it was because I was too slow for tennis," she
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
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
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."
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.