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PRESSEL WINS HARDER HALL WOMEN'S INVITATIONAL

Sebring, FL - (January 8, 2005) Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Florida held off challengers Julieta Granada and Ashley Hoagland to win the Harder Hall Women's Invitational today by 2 strokes.

Pressel fired a final-round 72 to finish with a tournament record 9-under par 279 total. Granada, the reigning U.S. Girls’ Junior champion from Paraguay, notched her second consecutive 68 to share runner-up honors with Ashley Hoagland (67) at 281. Leah Wigger, a sophomore at the Univ. of Virginia, struggled on the greens down the stretch, shooting 76 to finish alone in fourth.

The victory was another rung on the ladder of amateur golf success for the 16-year-old Pressel, who at age 12 was the youngest player to qualify for the US Women's Open.

ABOUT THE Harder Hall Invitational

The Harder Hall Women’s Invitational was first played in 1956 in Sebring, Florida. Harder Hall was a grand old hotel with a wonderful Dick Wilson golf course. The Tournament was started by Harder Hall Head Professional Ben Roman to draw women amateur golfers to Sebring. The hotel was closed in the 1980s but the Tournament has continued and thrived. 

Harder Hall is a four-day no cut stroke play Tournament for women amateurs.  It draws an international field and has two Divisions. The Championship Division handicaps are capped at 16.4 and the Ben Roman Division includes handicaps from 7.0 to 24.4. It is the first of four "Orange Blossom" Florida winter tournaments.

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