Certainly one of golf’s nice traditions to ring within the New 12 months is the wildly profitable Morgan & Associates charity occasion which raised simply shy of $1 million this 12 months for the struggle in opposition to breast most cancers.
Each January, Morgan Pressel brings a number of the greatest stars on the LPGA to her residence group of St. Andrews Nation Membership in Boca Raton, Florida. The membership at St. Andrews rises to the event each time as does Banyan Golf Membership in close by West Palm Seashore, which places on a second outing the next day.
Pressel, 34, began her basis not lengthy after she turned the youngest main winner in tour historical past 16 years in the past, at what’s now often called the Chevron Championship. Pressel’s mom Kathy died of breast most cancers in 2003 and her reminiscence is on the coronary heart of this lovely mission.
Now a lead analyst for Golf Channel’s LPGA protection, Pressel has a unique viewpoint of the tour she actually grew up on. golf week caught up with the two-time LPGA winner to speak concerning the work of her basis and what followers may see on tour this season.
Congratulations on one other vastly profitable occasion. Are you able to inform us who you honored this 12 months and the way the cash will likely be used?
Meaghan Francella, Denise Francella and Morgan Pressel on the Morgan & Associates gala. (courtesy picture)
For our honoree this 12 months, we honored Denise Francella, Meaghan’s mother. That was actually particular to have her there after every part she’s been via the previous 15 months, and to have her wholesome and cancer-free. Meaghan has been certainly one of my greatest associates for thus a few years, and it was very particular to honor Denise in that means, and she or he spoke so fantastically. … Now we have our couple of actually large packages that we fund via Boca Raton Regional Hospital, the primary being the MammoVan and our Middle for Most cancers Genetics.
What we’ve got discovered, and we’ve got been speaking with the hospital concerning the previous 12 months or so, is the demand for the MammoVan is de facto, actually excessive. We’re going to work collectively to place one other MammoVan on the road.
How a lot does a MammoVan value?
Morgan Pressel and her MammoVan Jason Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports activities
$1.5 million. That is simply the van and tools. Then, after all, the technicians, the fuel, the motive force.
Final 12 months, over 1,000 girls had their mammograms on the van and 43 % of the sufferers, which is a reasonably cool stat, had been new. … We host some great occasions, they usually’re a variety of enjoyable, however actually that is what it comes all the way down to, reminding folks to get their mammograms. It is simply so essential to remain on high of your well being and that is sort of our large, large message. Even when any individual drives down the freeway they usually see the van go, perhaps that may remind them to schedule their mammogram. It is like a billboard on wheels.
What are you most intrigued about for 2023?
Nelly Korda on the 2022 CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Membership in Naples, Florida. (Photograph by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Photos)
I feel it may be actually attention-grabbing to observe the battle for No. 1. Now we have Lydia (Ko), Nelly (Korda), Atthaya Thitikul. Will Jin Younger Ko regain her kind? Will any individual else that we will not even predict discover their means up towards No. 1 on the planet? I imply, how a lot did it change final fall? I feel I’d predict that to proceed this 12 months, and I feel that is going to be a enjoyable little race to observe.
Do you suppose that Lydia Ko can dominate once more?
Lydia Ko poses with the CME Globe trophy after successful the 2022 CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Membership in Naples, Florida. (Photograph: Michael Reaves/Getty Photos)
It is laborious to wager in opposition to her, the way in which that she has introduced herself again to the highest of the sport. Her kind at CME, to do it within the vogue that she did, being forward and she or he stored the fuel pedal down. It was a tough week definitely, there was climate, however she by no means appeared flustered, by no means appeared bothered and simply continued to plug alongside.
After all, for Lydia and most gamers who get to No. 1 on the planet, it is the intangibles. It is the factor that you would be able to’t see, and I really feel like she has that again in the way in which that she had when she was so dominant.
No one is ever on high of the world endlessly, it is simply too laborious, there’s an excessive amount of competitors. In any sport there are fluctuations. She has rebuilt her recreation in a way, perhaps much more mentally than anything. Clearly she’s pleased off the golf course. We noticed her lovely marriage ceremony a few weeks in the past. She’s in a unique place in her life, and I feel that is displaying on the golf course as effectively.
Switching gears to your different job of assistant Solheim Cup captain, what are your important obligations proper now? What does Stacy (Lewis) have you ever doing?
Angela Stanford, Natalie Gulbis, Morgan Pressel, Beth Daniel, Kristy McPherson and Brittany Lincicome of the US Solheim Cup crew at Wealthy Harvest Farms on August 20, 2009 in Sugar Grove, Illinois. (Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Photos)
stacy [Lewis, 2023 Solheim Cup captain] is so extremely organized, I really feel like she would not want a lot assist. You realize, we’re actually sounding boards, a variety of dialogue on methods to make the week particular, convey the gamers collectively.
I’ve positively been put as the first outfit guide; I am not saying that correctly (laughs). We’re completed with the golf course outfits, and now we’re centered on opening ceremony outfits. … All this stuff that go on behind the scenes that as a participant, not that I by no means thought of, however simply how early these selections are made and the way a lot thought goes into them.
Stacy has been so considerate in how you can actually convey the previous and current collectively. I do not wish to give an excessive amount of away, however she’s put a lot element into a variety of the expertise and what you see visually. I feel it will likely be very cool.
From an contained in the ropes standpoint, Europe has received 4 of the final six of those. Does this really feel like a should win for Group USA?
Catriona Matthew with the Solheim Cup. (Photograph courtesy of the Women European Tour)
Each crew I have been on felt like a should win. That is simply sort of, I suppose, definitely my nature. You realize, I feel with Europe’s observe report, going to Europe and the way robust their crew has develop into, during the last a few years nonetheless, they are going to be a tricky crew, and we all know that. Now we have to convey our perfect. Stacy is de facto implementing some new issues into the combo to verify we’re totally ready.
Not taking a look at taking part in information, who do you suppose has essentially the most expertise on the LPGA proper now? Simply uncooked athletic expertise.
Lexi Thompson performs her shot from the eleventh tee through the first spherical of the 2022 Pelican Ladies’s Championship at Pelican Golf Membership in Belleair, Florida. (Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Photos)
It could be laborious to argue in opposition to Lexi (Thompson). You discuss pure athletic means and her means to ship the membership on the ball so spectacularly time and time once more with a really homegrown swing. She’s not very mechanical, and it is not textbook. But when you are going to discuss athletic means, she was the primary one which got here to my thoughts.
Identical factor, not trying on the report, who has one of the best swing in your thoughts?
In Gee Chun hits a tee shot on the fifteenth gap through the second spherical of the 2022 KPMG Ladies’s PGA Championship in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photograph: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports activities)
In Gee Chun. I simply love her rhythm. I really like her rhythm, and I feel that is what makes her so unflappable underneath stress.
What’s your historical past with Pebble Seashore and who do you want for that week (2023 US Ladies’s Open)?
A normal view of the seventh gap earlier than the ultimate spherical of the 2010 AT&T Pebble Seashore Nationwide Professional-Am at Pebble Seashore Golf Hyperlinks. (Photograph by Stuart Franklin/Getty Photos)
I performed it a few occasions, in what was once the Callaway Invitational round Thanksgiving time. I used to be there final February for the AT&T and I used to be simply strolling round desirous about how cool it’s going to be this 12 months to go to Pebble Seashore for the US Open, and I am excited that I’ll have an opportunity to be part of it from the published facet.
It is simply such an iconic venue. I really feel like I say this each probability I get, however venues matter. Venues are so essential. … When the women get the possibility to play and create their very own historical past round these tracks, it brings extra viewership. I feel Pebble goes to completely blow it away, being prime time East Coast tv. It may be superior.
Lydia Ko poses for a portrait previous to the 2022 HSBC Ladies’s World Championship at Sentosa Golf Membership on March 1, 2022 in Singapore. (Photograph by Andrew Redington/Getty Photos)
I preserve developing with totally different names, however then Lydia retains popping again in my head. Simply desirous about her success round greens with Poa annua, like Lake Merced, doubtlessly cooler climate, very small greens that require great quick recreation. She simply retains popping again.
We have seen Lucy Li since, such as you, she was tremendous younger, and now she has contended within the remaining group of an LPGA occasion. What do you anticipate out of Lucy (a rookie on the LPGA) having seen how her recreation progressed over the previous 12 months?
Lucy Li, 11, through the first spherical of the 2014 US Ladies’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
I used to be very impressed watching Lucy final 12 months, particularly calling Toledo. We talked about Lexi along with her athletic means, I feel Lucy has this considerably homegrown, not terribly textbook golf swing that has simply great fluid rhythm. … Lucy was right here this weekend. She got here to my occasion. It was actually enjoyable to have right here. I feel she has a really vibrant future, and I feel I communicate for lots of people after I say I bear in mind her as slightly one on the vary at Pinehurst, along with her colourful skirts and crimson, white and blue outfits. She confirmed a variety of character there, and she or he’s one who will likely be actually enjoyable to observe.