PRESSEL WINS FOURTH INVITATIONAL AT ROLEX GIRLS
Lu, Donovan finish two strokes back after inclement weather jeopardizes final round
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., fired a final-round 69 amidst four hours of rain delays to capture her fourth invitational victory with a tournament total of 67-73-69—209 at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship.
“I definitely came here and did what I intended to do,” said Pressel, a four-time Rolex Junior All-American. “It is such an honor to win here at LPGA International—the home of women's golf.”
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Rolex Girls Junior Championship is one of 11 Majors on the AJGA schedule, highlighting 75 of the nation's best junior girl golfers and 14 Rolex Junior All-Americans. The 54-hole event was an invitation-only field played at the LPGA International — Legends Course and featured junior golfers from 21 states and four foreign countries—Canada, Mexico, Taiwan and Japan.
Pressel's come-from-behind victory over Hsiao-Ching Lu of Taipei, Taiwan, was propelled by three birdies in her second bogey-free round of the tournament. In less than a year, Pressel has championed four individual invitationals and one team invitational (Rolex Tournament of Champions, July 2004; Canon Cup, Aug. 2004; Polo Golf Junior Classic, Nov. 2005; Thunderbird International Junior, May 2005; Rolex Girls Junior Championship, June 2005).
Due to a shotgun start, the two weather delays totaling nearly four hours jeopardized the three-shot lead Pressel built over the course of the final round.
“I am grateful that we got back out and finished,” said Pressel. “I was really patient today and very consistent. I knew I had to go out and get it.”
Second-round leader Lu finished in a tie for second at 70-69-72—211, after she relinquished her one-shot lead after a front-nine 38.
“I am thankful to have the opportunity to play with Morgan and In-Bee,” Lu said. “It really helped to gauge my ability among such great players.”
Kimberley Donovan of Hopkinton, Mass., finished in a second-place tie at 73-72-66—211. Entering the day in a tie for sixth, Donovan shot a tournament-low score of 6-under 66 to move up four spots on the leaderboard.
“It feels great,” said Donovan, champion of the 2005 Mizuno Junior at Chateau Elan. “It all came together for me today—my putts finally fell.”
Four-time Rolex Junior All American In-Bee Park of Las Vegas finished in fourth at 70-72-70—212, while Megan Grehan of Mamaroneck, N.Y., rounded out the top five with a tournament total of 72-69-72—213.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which enters its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 280 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
For more information on the Rolex Girls Junior Championship, please contact AJGA headquarters at (770) 868-4211.