MY FAVORITE LPGA PROFESSIONAL GOLFER - MORGAN PRESSEL

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My Favorite Professional Golfer

Cecil Buffington;  I am not one that looks upon professional sports participants as any particular type of hero or role model.  I have found that in most instances they cannot or simply will not fit that role.  I look upon Morgan Pressel as simply a very good professional golfer that has the most beautiful swing on the tour.  She is an exceptional player and has been a credit to the game of golf up to this point.  And I might add that she is a very lovely lady that certainly does add glamour to the game and profession.  She has been a positive addition to the LPGA since she went on tour and I expect her to remain exceptional and High Pro in the future.

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Morgan Pressel (born May 23, 1988) is an American professional golfer, currently playing on the LPGA Tour. She turned pro at age 17 and is the youngest-ever winner of a modern LPGA major championship. Pressel has reached as high as fourth in the world rankings.

Born in Tampa, Florida, to Mike Pressel and Kathy Krickstein Pressel, she attended Banyan Creek Elementary School, Omni Middle School, and graduated in 2006 from the Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, a private school affiliated with the Episcopal Church. She has stated that her Jewish faith plays a large role in her life.

At the age of 17, she was one of three co-leaders starting the final round of the 2005 U.S. Women's Open at Cherry Hills in suburban Denver. Pressel was tied for first on the 18th fairway when Birdie Kim holed out from the bunker just ahead to secure a one-stroke lead. Pressel then needed a birdie to tie, but made a bogey on the 18th to lose by two strokes. Her second-place finish gave her a share of the low amateur honors with Brittany Lang. Pressel played in a total of seven LPGA events in 2005 and made the cut in all of them, with an impressive scoring average of 70.96 in 28 rounds.

Pressel finished sixth in the first stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in September 2005 and advanced to the final stage in December. She turned professional in November, after appealing to the LPGA to become a member as a 17-year-old. LPGA rules state that members must be 18 years old. At the five-round Final Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach, she finished tied for sixth to earn her tour card for 2006. She played part-time on the tour until her high school graduation in May 2006.

Pressel qualified for the 2007, 2009, and 2011 Solheim Cup teams; earning a spot on the 2007 team in her second full-year on the LPGA Tour as a 19-year-old. Through 2011, she is undefeated (3-0-0) in Solheim Cup singles play.

She is represented by Wasserman Media Group and has endorsement deals with Callaway Golf, Polo Ralph Lauren, Royal Bank of Canada, and Audemars Piguet.

Morgan Pressel is considered by many golf instruction experts and LPGA peers to have the most natural, smoothest and most  beautiful swing on the professional circuit.

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Morgan Pressel is the favorite LPGA Golfer of Cecil Buffington. January 6 -- Thanks to her fourth annual Morgan & Friends golf tourney, LPGA Tour star Morgan Pressel collected another $500,000 in her ongoing battle against breast cancer, the disease that claimed her mother.January 6 -- Thanks to her fourth annual Morgan & Friends golf tourney, LPGA Tour star Morgan Pressel collected another $500,000 in her ongoing battle against breast cancer, the disease that claimed her mother. Pressel launched the yearly tourney to commemorate her mother, who died in 2003. The LPGA standout has pledged to do what she can to combat the deadly disease. “Through my personal experience with breast cancer, I am now using golf as a platform to raise awareness and make a difference -- not only in treatment, but in prevention and diagnosis,” Pressel said in an e-mail prior to last year’s tournament. “I am thankful that my current position in the golf world has enabled me to raise significant funds to help in the quest to vanquish this dreaded disease that seems to affect every one of us through family or friends."

In 2001, as a 12-year-old, she became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open. This record stood until 2007, when Lexi Thompson beat the record by several months.

In 2005, Pressel won the North and South Women's Amateur at Pinehurst, and the most important amateur event, the U.S. Women's Amateur. Pressel also finished her amateur career as 2005 Girls American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Junior Player of the Year.

Pressel earned her first victory in 2007 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and became the youngest-ever winner of a modern LPGA major at 18 years & 13 days. On her flight home to Florida after her win, Pressel had her golf clubs stolen.

Pressel made her first hole-in-one as a professional golfer on July 15, 2007, at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio. It was a 152-yard (139 m) par 3 – hole 6 for the tournament. It was not enough to win, though; Se Ri Pak won the event for the fifth time.

In the 2012 Sybase Match Play Championship, Pressel was in contention for her third LPGA Tour victory in the semi-finals when she was 2up after 11 holes to opponent Azahara Muñoz. Pressel won the 12th hole but a slow play penalty resulted in the loss of the hole instead. She would lose the match and Muñoz would go on to win the tournament.

Good Luck, Morgan!  Keep hitting 'em straight!  cecilbuffington.com

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