An Interview With Morgan Pressel
RHONDA GLENN: Congratulations, it was kind of a blowout for you, wasn't it?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Yeah, today I played really well. Just played consistently, very solid.
RHONDA GLENN: And it looked as if you really controlled the distance on your iron shots? How do you that; the greens are firmer.
MORGAN PRESSEL: I don't know, I mean, that's something that I've worked on a lot just being able to learn when to take the right club and when to hit it easy on a certain shot and not on others. My caddie helps me with getting exact yardages and carry yardages and back‑of‑the‑green yardages and things like that. That helps.
RHONDA GLENN: Was there any hole you felt was the turning point in the match and made you convinced you were the one that was going to win?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Possibly when she missed the birdie putt on 9. When that lipped out, because then I was 3‑up and I felt pretty confident with that lead. But I don't know, I just kept firing. I hit two bad shots all day and they happened to be on the same hole.
RHONDA GLENN: Pretty good stuff. Questions?
Q. Can you play any better than that? I guess you hope you can.
MORGAN PRESSEL: Sure. Why not? If I don't hit it in the water on 5, then I play better. (Laughing).
Q. Was the first one a mistake on 5?
MORGAN PRESSEL: No. They were just both just like fades. I mean, I should have been aiming left center of the green, and I was, I thought I was, but, I don't know.
RHONDA GLENN: Do you like to fade the ball?
MORGAN PRESSEL: No. I wasn't trying to hit a fade. There was a little wind kind of going that way.
Q. Obviously it didn't bother you; you shook that off.
MORGAN PRESSEL: Tried to. Tried to shake it off. Tried to rebound well.
Q. How many birdies did you have today?
MORGAN PRESSEL: One, two, three, four, five, six, seven eight ‑‑ eight.
Q. Actual birdies?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Yeah, the only ones that were conceded were like five feet, two putts within five feet.
Q. Putts you're probably not going to miss.
MORGAN PRESSEL: Yeah.
RHONDA GLENN: It looked as if you were really making a lot of putts today.
MORGAN PRESSEL: Yeah, I was putting well this week. My putting has really come around. I started off not putting quite so well, but it's definitely, definitely better.
Q. You really feel like you're hitting everything really solid, that's got to be awfully confident for you?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Yeah, I'm pretty confident. I feel like getting up to a shot, just firing at pins and seeing what happens.
Q. How important is it at this point of the championship to get a quick one out of the way and go sit down and rest for the rest of the afternoon? Is it a pretty big deal?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Yeah, I mean, in a sense I guess. But I mean you still win whether you win in 21 holes or whether you win six and five.
The fact that I won so handily today just goes back into my confidence and it's because I played so well and kept putting so much pressure on Jenny.
Q. Is this the first time semifinals since '01 Girls' Junior? Do you draw on all the experience this week?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Yeah, trying to, definitely trying to. Everyone time I play, I learn the course a little better. Just trying to learn from everything that's happened.
RHONDA GLENN: In order to win this, you have to play nine rounds of golf in seven days. Have you ever done that in competition before?
MORGAN PRESSEL: I don't know. I don't know how many ‑‑ at the North and south last year, it might have been the same.
RHONDA GLENN: Two qualifying rounds.
MORGAN PRESSEL: Yes.
RHONDA GLENN: You did pretty well there.
MORGAN PRESSEL: Yes, I did.
Q. A couple matches you got on top of people with a few early birdies. Can you see any change in people when you jump up and get three out after four holes, do they start pressing? Can you sense anything when you get an early lead like that?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Well, it's always good to get out early. I don't know if I really pay attention to whether my opponent is pressing or not, but I guess in a sense it almost has to be, not that you would necessarily start pressing, but, I mean, the fact that I was playing well, that I was winning the holes, that had to be beat on her a little bit. I mean, she knows that she's a good player and she could have come back, like that putt on 9.
RHONDA GLENN: So what's your plan tomorrow? Stay aggressive?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Stay aggressive. I don't see why I should back off. I'm playing well and hopefully I can continue to do that. Going to go work on some balls off the tee, irons off the tee and we'll see how that goes.
Q. Have you played against Angela in any of the match‑play events?
MORGAN PRESSEL: I played against her in Canon Cup last year.
RHONDA GLENN: Who won?
MORGAN PRESSEL: I did, 1‑up. She is a very good player.
Q. Where was Canon Cup last year?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Caves Valley. We're at the same tournaments a lot of time.
RHONDA GLENN: Thanks so much for coming in.
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U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship
TICKETS – Admission and parking for all seven days of the championship are free of charge.
WHO CAN PLAY? – The U.S. Women’s Amateur is open to female amateurs who have USGA Handicap Indexes not exceeding 5.4. Entries closed June 15.
DEFENDING CHAMPION – Jane Park, 18, or Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., will defend the title she won in 2004.
THE FIELD – The 2005 field will include seven Georgia players. They are Laura Coble of Augusta, Jackie Beers of Bonaire, Alina Lee of Evans, Kyu Ri Ban of Duluth, Dori Carter of Valdosta, Diana Ramage of Fayetteville and Margaret Shirley of Roswell.
TELEVISION COVERAGE – Match-play rounds will be telecast on The Golf Channel Aug. 3-7 from 4-6 p.m., EDT.
OTHER PROMINENT PAST CHAMPIONS – Patty Berg, 1938; Betty Jameson, 1939, 1940; Babe Didrickson Zaharias, 1946; Louise Suggs, 1947; Beth Daniel, 1975, 1977; Juli Simpson (Inkster), 1980, 1981, 1982; Pat Hurst, 1990; Kelli Kuehne, 1995, 1996; Grace Park, 1998; Dorothy Delasin, 1999.
CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE CONDITIONS – The following mowing heights will be used for the championship: fairways 1/2"; tees 7/16"; collars 1/4". Putting greens will be prepared so that they are firm and fast; to measure approximately 11 feet on the USGA Stimpmeter. Intermediate rough: 1", width approximately 72" along fairways, width approximately 30" wide around putting greens. Primary rough: 2 1/4".
FUTURE WOMEN’S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP SITES – The 2006 U. S. Women’s Amateur will be conducted at Pumpkin Ridge G.C., North Plains, Ore., Aug. 7 – 13.
MEDIA CONTACT – The Media Center for the U.S. Women’s Amateur will be located in the main clubhouse at Ansley Golf Club. Rhonda Glenn and Beth Murrison will be the USGA staff members on site. The Media Center phone numbers are (678)639-7488 and (678)639-7494.