Pressel’s kid sister rolls to Big 12 title

Texas sophomore Madison Pressel

Texas sophomore Madison Pressel

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The Main Building Tower at the University of Texas will have an orange tint after the Longhorns won their first Big 12 title since 2004. Sophomore Madison Pressel can’t wait for all of Austin to see it.

“It’s so cool that it’s for us,” said Pressel, who won the individual title by five strokes on Sunday. The university lights the tip of the tower after regular-season football victories and the entire tower after conference championships titles. Teams that win national championships get an orange tower with a No. 1 displayed.

Madison, 19, is the younger sister of LPGA pro Morgan Pressel. The two blondes sound alike on the phone and have similar mannerisms on the course. Morgan said they both work hard, love to shop and are “very stubborn.” But she’s quick to note that they are very much their own person.

Morgan moved in with their maternal grandfather, Herb Krickstein, in Boca Raton, Fla., after their mother, Kathy, died of breast cancer in 2003. Madison remained at the family’s nearby home with her father and younger brother, Mitchell.

As for their golf games, neither of the Pressel girls is long off the tee, and both rely heavily on accurate irons and fairway metals.

“Her short game is amazing,” said Madison, who works with Morgan’s childhood instructor, Martin Hall. “I’m working on getting better at that point.”

Texas beat in-state rival Texas A&M by three strokes April 24 at The Club at Old Hawthorne. A&M will host the NCAA Championship next month at its Traditions Club. Pressel was the only Longhorn to finish inside the top 10, shooting 71-66-71 to beat A&M’s Katerina Ruzickova and Oklahoma State’s Josephine Janson by five strokes. Pressel’s career week came on the heels of a T-4 at the Ping/ASU Invitational, where she shared the lead with UCLA’s Stephanie Kono heading into the final round.

“I know she was disappointed after falling out of the lead in her last tournament, so to bounce back and win this week is great,” Morgan Pressel wrote in an email. “She works very hard and deserves it.”

Madison started the final round at the Big 12 shakily, with back-to-back bogeys, but played the last 16 holes 3 under. She eagled the par-4 14th from 110 yards for her third eagle of the tournament. Pressel plans to play two more years at Texas and then turn professional after graduation.

I’m so much more consistent now,” Pressel said. “I’ve gotten so much better since I’ve gotten here, it’s incredible.”

The NCAA will announce the three regional fields April 25. The tournaments will take place May 5-7.

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