Pressel's teen sister advances in Open qualifying

Updated: May 15, 2007, 8:34 PM ET
Associated Press

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.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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