Keeping the Fight

By Randall MellJanuary 9, 2010, 7:48 am

Madison and Morgan Pressel

Madison (18) and Morgan (21) Pressel

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Morgan Pressel took hold of a rope at the back of the driving range at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton earlier this week and tugged.

With the help of family and friends, she pulled a giant pink tarp off a dream.

The unveiling of the Kathryn Krickstein Pressel MammoVan left Pressel staring through tears in wonderment.

The mobile medical unit named in loving memory of her mother stands as greater testament to Pressel’s determination than any trophy she’s ever won.

The new year marks her renewed effort to fight the disease that took her mother’s life six years ago.

Pressel’s Morgan & Friends Fight Breast Cancer Golf Tournament this week raised $405,000 for the cause. LPGA pros Cristie Kerr and Christina Kim and Champions Tour pro Bruce Fleisher played with the amateurs. The fundraising effort boosted the tally Pressel and the St. Andrews Country Club community have raised to more than $1.1 million in three years. It’s a remarkable effort for a small community in such depressed economic times.

Kathy Krickstein Pressel’s smiling face beams from one side of the MammoVan. Morgan’s image beams from the other side.

The $1 million mobile unit, part of the Boca Raton Community Hospital ’s Lynn Cancer Institute and the Center for Breast Cancer, has state-of-the-art digital mammography capability. Basically, it’s a mobile diagnostic center that will travel through Palm Beach County . The unit can be set up outside corporate offices to serve career women who struggle to find time to visit their doctors or at nursing homes or wherever it best serves women in need.

“There is only a hand full of them in the country,” said Dr. Kathy Schilling, a mammogram specialist at Boca Raton Community Hospital .

Pressel wept at the unveiling.

“It’s rare you can donate money to something so tangible and so immediately helpful,” Pressel said. “The biggest problem with early detection is some women are afraid. They’re afraid to go in and get a mammogram. They’re afraid what they’ll find. Or they’re just very busy and don’t have the time to get this totally necessary checkup. We can facilitate detection, so it can be caught, if, God forbid, they have it.”

Pressel was emotional knowing the work to honor her mother’s legacy will be saving lives.

“My sister would be in awe knowing what’s being done here today,” said Aaron Krickstein, Kathy’s brother and a former tennis standout who won nine ATP Tour singles titles.

Pressel, 21, is a two-time LPGA winner. She was 18 when she became the youngest winner of a women’s major championship, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. She was 17 when she won the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Her mom didn’t see those triumphs. Morgan was 15 when Kathy died, but Kathy was there in 2001 when Morgan became the youngest player at the time to qualify for a U.S. Women’s Open. Morgan was 12 when she qualified to play at Pine Needles.

“Morgan’s a lot like her mother,” said Herb Krickstein, Pressel’s grandfather. “They’re both very determined and strong willed. When they set out to accomplish something, they usually see it through.”

Kathy was a Big Ten tennis champion at Michigan. Aaron said he was 6 the first time he hit tennis balls. They were lovingly hit to him by his older sister, Kathy. She was 14 then. She helped pave the way in the talented Krickstein and Pressel lineage.

“Kathy wasn’t one of the lucky ones who survived,” Evelyn Krickstein said of breast cancer’s claim on her daughter’s life. “Hopefully, the MammoVan will help other women so they won’t have to go what she went through. This is a wonderful dedication to my daughter.”

Madison, 18, Morgan’s younger sister, and Mitchell, 16, her younger brother, also were left behind. Madison is a freshman at the University of Texas who shot a 65 this fall, a school record for women. Mitchell is attending a prep school in Cleveland.

“I know mom would be proud,” Madison said.

Michael Pressel, proud father, teared up seeing his wife’s face beam off the MammoVan.

“She was such a beautiful woman, it’s heartbreaking,” Michael said. “It’s also very cool, what Morgan’s doing in her mother’s memory. Kathy left me three beautiful, smart and talented children. I feel very lucky in that way.”

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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