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Pressel's teen sister advances in Open qualifying

5/15/2007

NAPLES, Fla. -- Madison Pressel, the 15-year-old sister of
LPGA Nabisco champion Morgan Pressel, advanced to sectional
qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open with a par on the first hole
of a 10-way playoff for five spots Tuesday.

The younger Pressel was one of 28 players to move on to the
second round of qualifying from the Imperial Country Club. The
one-round tournament started Monday, but weather delays kept many
players from completing their rounds.

Pressel, who lives in Boca Raton, stayed near the course
overnight because she didn't want to risk not being able to get
back from the state's east coast since brush fires had periodically
closed the interstate.

"I'm glad I stayed," Pressel said.

Isabelle Lendl, the daughter of tennis great Ivan Lendl, shot 79
and failed to qualify. Her sister, Marika, shot a 73 despite
battling illness on Monday and was one of the qualifiers.

Also qualifying Monday was 12-year-old Alexis Thompson of Coral
Springs.