DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., March 13, 2012 – The LPGA announced today that past LPGA-USGA Girls Golf (Girls Golf) participant and current LPGA Tour star Morgan Pressel will serve as the Girls Golf National Ambassador for the next three years until 2015. In this capacity, Pressel will help communicate the benefits of the Girls Golf program whose mission is to improve the lives of girls and women through the game of golf.
This announcement comes as the LPGA begins its U.S. domestic schedule this week with the RR Donnelley Founders Cup in Phoenix, an event which recognizes the past and present of the LPGA while paying it forward for the future of women’s golf with $500,000 from RR Donnelley going to the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program.
“Having Morgan as the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf National Ambassador reflects the positive impact the program can have on a young girl,” said Nancy Henderson, president of The LPGA Foundation. “Morgan is a fantastic role model; she inspires girls to live an active, healthy lifestyle through golf and makes them believe that dreams can come true.”
The only initiative of its kind, Girls Golf is administered through a partnership between The LPGA Foundation and the USGA. Girls Golf has grown to nearly 250 sites across the United States with over 10,000 girls ages 7-17 expected to participate in 2012. Through Girls Golf young girls learn more than just the game of golf they experience the 5 E’s of Girls Golf; Empower, Enrich, Engage, Exercise and Energize.
“I am honored to serve as national ambassador and to continue to be part of an organization that encourages girls to pursue their dreams,” said the 24-year-old Pressel,. “Golf has always been a big part of my life and I am thrilled to be able to help introduce more girls to the game.”
Pressel is one of many success stories among more than 80,000 girls who have participated in Girls Golf since its inception. Pressel joined the LPGA Tour at the age of 17 and is the youngest-ever winner of a modern LPGA major championship, the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship. She also earned a victory at the 2008 Kapalua LPGA Classic and has been a member of three U.S. Solheim Cup Teams (2007, 2009, 2011).