|Morgan Pressel (LPGA.com)|
MORGAN PRESSEL IS BEING RECOGNIZED for her foundation's work to raise awareness about and fight breast cancer.
Following are major portions of the announcement at LPGA.com:
HOUSTON (February 16, 2015) – There were obstacles, no doubt, to turning professional at the age of 17, even before she had graduated high school. But what often got overlooked about Morgan Pressel is that she had been faced with an even greater challenge a few years earlier – the death of her mother, Kathryn Krickstein, from breast cancer.
With two wins and more than $5.8 million in prize money, the 26-year-old Pressel has clearly handled the professional golf thing. But it’s the other side of the story – her growth as a person and her commitment to her mother’s memory – that has won her a legion of supporters.
Now it has also won her an honor from the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), the Charlie Bartlett Award presented by Aberdeen Asset Management. Given to a playing professional for unselfish contributions to the betterment of society, the award pays tribute to Pressel for the charitable efforts she has made through the Morgan Pressel Foundation to heighten breast cancer awareness and fight the insidious disease.
"Carrying out the mission of the Morgan Pressel Foundation is a team effort, and an honor like this would not be possible without the hard work of many, especially my family and my community at St. Andrews Country Club (in Boca Raton, Fla.)," Pressel said.
In six years, the foundation has raised more than $3.4 million and the efforts have been felt in her hometown area, Palm Beach County. The Kathryn Krickstein Mammovan became a reality a few years ago, working out of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. It travels throughout the county to provide affordable breast exams and care to those who otherwise might not be able to afford it.Pressel will receive the award at the GWAA Annual Awards Dinner on April 8 in Augusta, Georgia.