Posted: May 27, 2015 7:51 pm
Another big-name golfer has passed through town, and come away impressed with Lancaster Country Club.
“It’s a great golf course,” said Morgan Pressel Wednesday, after playing a practice round at L.C.C. in anticipation of the U.S. Women’s Open.
“It’s a typical U.S. Open course. There might be an opportunity to make birdies, but if you’re too aggressive you can stare some big numbers in the face.”
Pressel is one of the original golfing prodigies, having played in the U.S. Open at age 12 and making the LPGA Tour at 17.
Most of her “youngest-ever-to,” records have been usurped by the recent wave of teenagers (and younger: Lucy Li played in the Women’s Open last year at 11), but Pressel is still the youngest golfer to win a major championship. She took the Kraft Nabisco Dinah Shore, now called the ANA Inspiration, at age 18 in 2007.
“Records are made to be broken, and that one will be too, eventually,” she said.
Pressel hasn’t won a tour event since 2008. She’s had some lean stretches since then but has played well lately, finishing 18th or better in five of her last six, and losing the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in April in a playoff to World No. 1 Lydia Ko.
She also has a fairly strong record in majors, including seven top 5s, 11 top 10s and 21 top 25s in 43 career starts. She was third in this year’s ANA Inspiration, the season’s only major so far.
She pointed out Wednesday that her winning score at the Dinah Shore, three under par, was one of the highest in the history of the event.
“I love tough tests,” she said. “I love it when par in a good score.”
Pressel finished second, and held the 54-hole lead, in the 2005 Women’s Open at Cherry Hills in Denver, a club with a longtime association with Lancaster C.C. and a classic, old-school design.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if the U.S.G.A. handles this setup like they did Cherry Hills, watering the fronts of the greens so you can’t run the ball up,” she said.
Pressel also got in a practice round this week at Westchester C.C. in Harrison, N.Y., where the Women’s PGA championship will be played in three weeks.
“I like to come out early and get a good look,” she said. “That way the week-of, you don’t have to cram. It’s kinda like doing homework You don’t want to cram for the biggest week of the year.”