PRESSEL RUNS AWAY WITH BETSY RAWLS, DOMINATES BY 11 SHOTS
Hole-in-one sparks fifth Invitational crown
– With a hole-in-one and an 11-shot margin of victory, Morgan Pressel
of Boca Raton, Fla., added to her storied junior career and earned her
fifth AJGA Invitational crown at the McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls
Championship. Pressel finished at 6-under-par 68-68-71—207, with each
round’s score being the day’s lowest, and led wire-to-wire to complete
her AJGA stroke-play career.
pretty important and exciting,” Pressel said. “I’m looking forward to
moving on from here. I wouldn’t be the player I am if it wasn’t for my
five years with the AJGA.”
by the American Junior Golf Association, the McDonald’s Betsy Rawls
Girls Championship was a 54-hole stroke-play invitational that featured
57 of the world’s best female junior golfers from 15 states and one
foreign country. The field included 18 Rolex Junior All-Americans and eight 2005 AJGA tournament champions. The
White Manor Country Club, home to the 1981-86 LPGA Tour McDonald's
Classic and the Champions Tour's 1991 Bell Atlantic Classic, hosted the
event for the second-straight year.
this win, Pressel completed a career AJGA Invitational-slam, claiming
victories at each of the five AJGA Invitational events in which she was
eligible. This feat was accomplished by only one other player – boy or
girl – in the Association’s 27-year history: Kellee Booth in the early
90s. Back then, however, the AJGA staged only four invitationals in
which she could compete (the Thunderbird International Junior did not
begin until 2000). Grace Park and Beth Bauer came close in the 90s,
winning all but the Rolex Girls Junior Championship.
more impressive, Pressel took these five titles in slightly more than a
year’s time. Her first invitational win came at the Rolex Tournament of
Champions July 9, 2004. She then won the Polo Golf Junior Classic (Nov. 26, 2004), Thunderbird International Junior (May 30, 2005), Rolex Girls Junior Championship (June 17, 2005),
and finally the McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship Thursday. Add
to this distinction that she was a member of victorious teams at the
PING Junior Solheim Cup (2002) and Canon Cup (2004), and there is
little doubt that Pressel is one of the all-time great junior golfers.
has won 11 AJGA titles in her career, placing her tied for sixth with
Paula Creamer in the AJGA record book, behind Kellee Booth (18), Grace
Park (18), Leigh Anne Hardin (18), Beth Bauer (17) and Vicki
Goetze-Ackerman (15). Along the way, she was named a Rolex Junior
All-American four times, including a first-team selection in 2003 and
hole-in-one was the first in her competitive career and third overall.
The 11-wood on No. 3 landed on the front edge of the green, rolled
across the putting surface, and found the hole 171 yards away.
“I hit a good shot,” Pressel said, laughing. “First I said, ‘be the right club,’ then, ‘go in,’ and it did.”
Choe of Scottsdale, Ariz., 2005 Rolex Tournament of Champions winner,
finished second with a three-round total of 72-71-75—218, and Joy Kim
of Duluth, Ga., finished in third at 70-71-79—220. Kimberly Kim of
Pahoa, Hawaii, finished in fourth at 73-72-76—221, while Tiffany Lua of
Rowland Heights, Calif., Isabelle Lendl of Bradenton, Fla., and So-Hyun
Park of Bradenton, Fla., tied for fifth at 224.
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.
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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.
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 McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship, please contact National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.