MGWA honors Pressel's work fighting breast cancer

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HARRISON, N.Y. – Morgan Pressel’s work fighting breast cancer earned her another national honor Tuesday.

Pressel was presented the Bing Crosby Tournament Sponsor Award during the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association’s 64th annual National Awards Dinner at the Westchester Marriott. Pressel is playing the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club this week.

“A 10-footer to lose a tournament is not a matter of life or death, but breast cancer still is,” Pressel said upon accepting the award.

Pressel, 27, won the Golf Writers Association of America’s Charlie Bartlett Award earlier this year for unselfish contributions to the betterment of society.

Pressel’s mother, Kathy Krickstein-Pressel, was diagnosed with breast cancer when Morgan was 11 and died when Morgan was 15. The Morgan Pressel Foundation has raised more than $4 million in the fight against breast cancer, much of it in her annual Morgan & Friends Fight Cancer Golf Tournament. She raised $750,000 in this year’s event at St. Andrews Golf Club in Boca Raton, Fla. Her work has led to the creation of the Morgan Pressel Center for Cancer Genetics at the Lynn Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Center at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and funded the Kathy Krickstein-Pressel MammoVan, which makes state-of-the-art digital mammography mobile, taking the technology into communities for residents of Palm Beach County, where Pressel lives.

The Metropolitan Golf Writers Association also honored Gary Player as winner of its Winnie Palmer Award for his work with underprivileged children, Nick Price as winner of its Gold Tee Award for exemplifying the spirit and traditions of golf and Golf Digest’s Ron Sirak as winner of its Werden Golf Journalism Award winner.