Morgan Pressel made a name for herself very early in her golf career, qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open in 2001 at the age of 12. But it was in 2003 that her life changed in many ways. Her mother, Kathy Krickstein Pressel, died of breast cancer. That seemed to lift Morgan to a whole new level of dedication, both to golf and to the struggle against the disease.
In 2005, Pressel won the U.S. Women’s Amateur and nearly won the U.S. Women’s Open. In 2007, after turning pro, she won the ANA Inspiration (then the Kraft Nabisco Championship) to become, at the time, the youngest golfer to win an LPGA major. Then in 2008, she created the Morgan Pressel Foundation to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.