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Pressel Named Touring Pro at Kapalua Resort


Kapalua Resort has announced that Morgan Pressel will be the resort's official LPGA Touring Professional. Pressel will represent the resort at LPGA tournaments and play at the inaugural Kapalua LPGA Classic. The event will be held next fall on The Bay Course at Kapalua Resort in Maui.

"I am extremely honored to be an ambassador for Kapalua Resort, one of the world's premier resorts," said Pressel. "I am proud of my association with one of the most recognizable and respected brands in the world of golf, and I can't wait to tee it up at The Bay Course in October 2008."

Pressel became the youngest LPGA golfer to earn a major tournament title after she won the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship at age 18. At 12, Pressel qualified for the 2001 U.S. Open, becoming the youngest player ever to do so at the time. In 2007 Pressel has had seven top-10 finishes on the LPGA Tour and is currently ranked sixth on the Rolex Women's World Golf ranking.

Born in Tampa, Florida, Pressel comes from a family of athletes. Her mother was a tennis champion at the University of Michigan, and her uncle, Aaron Krickstein, was once the sixth-ranked professional men's tennis player in the world.

"We are very happy that Morgan will be Kapalua Resort's LPGA Touring Professional," said Gary Planos, Kapalua Resort's senior vice president for resort operations. "She is an outstanding young professional with a great future ahead of her - and a perfect match for the resort."

The Kapalua LPGA Classic will have a $1.5 million purse. The 6,600-yard Bay Course is an Arnold Palmer-Francis Duane design. Another Kapalua layout - The Plantation Course - is already familiar to golf fans as the venue for the PGA Tour's season-opening, winners-only Mercedes-Benz Championship.

For more information about either course, call 800/KAPALUA or visit www.kapalua.com.