Life changes bring Pressel, Creamer, Lincicome closer

By Randall MellJanuary 7, 2015, 10:25 pm

The offseason is becoming shorter for LPGA pros, but they’re still managing to pack a lot of life-changing activity into it.

Between the engagements, the weddings and the monumental fundraising, a woman can barely catch her breath this offseason.

Morgan Pressel made a dash up the Florida Turnpike to Orlando early Wednesday morning to appear on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive after her two-day Morgan & Friends Fight Cancer event at St. Andrews Country Club in her Boca Raton hometown, where she helped raise $751,600 in the fight against breast cancer, which took her mother’s life in 2003. The Morgan Pressel Foundation has raised more than $4 million in the eight years since she devoted herself to the cause.

“I’m going home to sleep,” Pressel cracked after leaving the Golf Channel studios for the drive back to Boca Raton.

It’s been an exhilarating six weeks for Pressel and her closest LPGA friends since the last putt dropped at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples. For a special group of players who grew up together, lives are changing in dramatic ways.

Paula Creamer got married three weeks ago. Pressel, by the way, was Creamer’s matron of honor.

Brittany Lincicome announced her engagement just a few days after Creamer’s wedding.

Pressel, 26, got married almost exactly two years ago.

“There must be something in the water,” Pressel told GolfChannel.com. “We’re dropping like flies.”

The trio grew up playing junior golf together. Creamer brought Pressel to tears in her Morning Drive appearance Wednesday with a tweet about their friendship.

“She is one of a kind, and I’m so proud to call her my friend,” Creamer wrote. “What she’s doing for women and their families, with the Morgan Pressel Foundation, makes me so proud. She won’t stop until there is a cure.”



The older that Pressel, Creamer and Lincicome get, the closer they’re becoming.

“I’ve known Paula and Brittany since I was 12 years old,” Pressel told GolfChannel.com. “We’ve been on tour for nine, 10 years now, and we’ve all settled in. It’s the cycle of life. Now the joke is who’s going to have a baby first.”

Pressel’s generation is dealing with the challenge of juggling careers with personal lives that are changing in dramatic ways. Brittany Lang is in that group of friends. So is Amanda Blumenherst. Lang got married a year ago. Blumenherst left the game last year to focus on her husband and starting a family, and she gave birth to her first child six weeks ago.

Natalie Gulbis and Cristie Kerr didn’t grow up playing with Pressel and that generation. They’re older, in their 30s now, but they’re in that circle of friends. Gulbis got married 13 months ago. Kerr has been married for eight years, but she’s adapting to a new life as a mom. Her first child, Mason, turned 1 last month.

For Creamer, there’s already the challenge of balancing a pair of careers. Her new husband, Derek Heath, is an Air Force pilot and was just hired by United Airlines. They aren’t sure how their careers are going to intersect with all the travel.

“This is a new stage of our life, and there is going to be some give and take,” Creamer told Morning Drive. “Obviously, our schedules are going to be incredibly busy. I have my job and what I want to achieve, and he has his goals and what he wants to achieve. We are definitely going to be learning early on. That’s part of life, and we are both so excited about this next chapter, this next step in our lives together.”

For Pressel, there’s satisfaction knowing so many of her friends are there supporting the cause that means so much to her. The Morgan & Friends quest is becoming a life’s work. There’s a reward seeing her friends help her change the lives of families they don’t even know. The Morgan Pressel Foundation makes that happen.

The foundation funded creation of the Morgan Pressel Center for Cancer Genetics at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. It also funds the Kathy Krickstein Pressel MammoVan, named after Morgan’s mother. It’s a mobile state-of-the-art digital mammography system, which takes the technology into Palm Beach County communities.

Pressel became the youngest winner of a major championship when she won the Kraft Nabisco at 18 in 2007. She’s proud her name’s on that trophy, but she’s even prouder seeing her name on the cancer center in Boca Raton.

“My name is on the center, but it’s not just me,” Pressel said. “There are so many people who make that possible. There should be 500 names on the cancer center. It is special, but the MammoVan is even more special to me because it’s named after my mother. That was my goal starting out, to find a way to honor her and help other women.”

And to save children the pain of losing a mother too soon.

There’s no offseason in Pressel’s work toward that.

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Bend it like Garcia? Sergio scores in player-caddie soccer match

By Grill Room TeamOctober 20, 2018, 2:44 am

Sergio Garcia has always been able to work his golf ball from left to right, but he's also - apparently - proficient at playing a draw with a soccer ball.

This year's Adalucia Valderrama Masters is suffering through some weather issues. But the highlight of the week - and, according to the Felipe Aguilar, "the year" - was always going to be the event's player-caddie soccer match, which you can see here:

The standout highlight? This bending, left-footed(!) strike from defending champion Sergio Garcia:

"Just a little bit of fun with the caddies and some of the players," Garcia nonchalantly says in the video. "Yeah, just a little bit of running and it was good fun."

Garcia, a diehard Real Madrid fan who kicked off El Clasico in his green jacket back in 2016, has previously appeared in professional matches for CF Borriol, a Tercera Division club in Spain. 

"It's good fun and whenever I'm around I get to practice with them a little bit and play a little bit here and there. This season, I've played probably five games, so not a lot, but I enjoy it," Garcia told CNN back in 2013.

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Dunlap, in 'excruciating pain,' shares early Dominion lead

By Associated PressOctober 19, 2018, 10:29 pm

RICHMOND, Va. – Scott Dunlap and Fran Quinn shot 5-under 67 on Friday to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' playoff-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

Fighting a left wrist injury that will require surgery, Dunlap matched Quinn with a closing birdie on the par-5 18th on The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course.

''Maybe excruciating pain is the key to playing good golf because I'm not getting nervous on a shot, you're just trying to get through it,'' Dunlap said. ''The worst parts are gripping it and getting the club started ... that's when that bone hits that bone.''

The top 72 players qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs opener. The top 54 on Sunday will get spots next week in the Invesco QQQ Championship in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and the top 36 after that will advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.


Full-field scores from the Dominion Energy Charity Classic


The 55-year-old Dunlap entered the week 29th in the standings. Playing through the wrist injury, he's coming off ties for ninth and seventh in his last two starts.

''I think I finally taped it the right way,'' Dunlap said. ''Or maybe it's the pain meds kicking in. I don't know, one of the two.''

Quinn is 64th in the standings.

''I finished up strong last year, too, kind of secured my privileges for the following year making eagle on 18,'' Quinn said. ''I played solid all day. I had a lot of opportunities. A couple hiccups.''

Jay Haas was a stroke back with Kent Jones, Stephen Ames, Woody Austin and Tim Petrovic. The 64-year-old Haas won the last of his 18 senior titles in 2016.

Vijay Singh and Miguel Angel Jimenez, second in the standings, were at 69 with Joey Sindelar, Tom Gillis, Billy MayfairLee Janzen, Glen Day and Gene Sauers.

Defending champion Bernhard Langer opened with a 70. The 61-year-old German star won the SAS Championship last week in North Carolina to take the points lead. He has two victories this year and 38 overall on the 50-and-over tour.

Defending Charles Schwab Cup champion Kevin Sutherland had a 71. He's 14th in the standings. No. 3 Jerry Kelly shot 72. No. 4 Scott McCarron, the 2016 tournament winner, had a 74.

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Weather continues to plague Valderrama Masters

By Associated PressOctober 19, 2018, 7:55 pm

SOTOGRANDE, Spain  -- Marc Warren helped his chances of retaining his European Tour card by moving into a tie for second place behind Englishman Ashley Chesters at the rain-hit Andalucia Valderrama Masters on Friday.

Bad weather interrupted play for a second straight day at the Real Club Valderrama in southern Spain before darkness caused the second round to be suspended until Saturday, with overnight Chesters still ahead at 5-under.

Weather delays on Thursday, including a threat of lightning, had kept 60 golfers from finishing their opening round. They included Scottish player Warren, who went out on Friday and finished his first round with a 2-under 69.

He then made three birdies to go with one bogey on the first nine holes of the second round before play was halted. He joined Frenchman Gregory Bourdy one shot behind Chesters.


Full-field scores from the Andalucia Valderrama Masters


''I'm hitting the ball as well as I have in a long time,'' Warren said. ''Hitting fairways and greens is the most important thing around here, so hopefully I wake up tomorrow with the same swing.''

Chesters and Bourdy were among several golfers unable to play a single hole in the second round on Friday.

Warren, a three-time European Tour winner, has struggled this season and needs a strong performance to keep his playing privileges for next year.

Currently ranked 144th, Warren needs to break into the top 116 to keep his card.

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Watch: Is this the up-and-down of the year?

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 3:30 pm

Play away from the pin? Just because there's a tree in your way? Not Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Watch him channel some Arnie (or, more appropriately, some Seve) with this shot in the Valderrama Masters: