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Pressel turns pro, seeks LPGA spot

By wire services
Published November 18, 2005

BOCA RATON - Morgan Pressel turned pro Thursday, six months before she's old enough for the LPGA Tour, but has not given up hope to become a member before then.

If Pressel, who turns 18 on May23, gets her card through qualifying school Dec.1-5, her grandfather said they would ask the LPGA to reconsider its minimum age policy.

"We might revisit the issue and consider other options," Herb Krickstein said.

Asked to elaborate on "other options," Krickstein smiled and said, "I don't know."

In June, Pressel petitioned the LPGA to waive its policy. A week later, she finished second in the U.S. Open and two months later won the U.S. Women's Amateur. She also became the first to sweep the American Junior Golf Association's five biggest events.

The LPGA Tour denied her request but allowed her to go through Q-school a year early. She can play up to six tournaments on sponsors' exemptions until turning 18, but any money earned will not count toward the money list.

LPGA Tour commissioner Carolyn Bivens was unavailable for comment, but her staff said she was unlikely to make an exception.

Pressel is the second female golfer in as many years to skip college. Paula Creamer was 18 when she turned pro last year. Having finished her high school requirements one semester early, she won Q-school by five shots then was the LPGA rookie of the year after winning twice and finishing second on the money list.

"They should consider that if somebody is ready to play, ready to compete, then there should be no problem with it," Pressel said. "Let the families decide how they want the careers to progress."

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