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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 Citrus Golf Trail Ladies Invitational

Formerly known as the Harder Hall Invitational, this is a four-day no cut stroke play tournament for women amateurs. It was played at Harder Hall CC for more than 65 years, but in 2021 it moves to a rotation of courses on the Citrus Golf Trail in Sebring, Florida. The illustrious list of past champions includes the current world #1 Nelly Korda; Hall-of-Famer Joanne Carner; LPGA stars Christie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel, Stacy Lewis and Charley Hull; amateur legends Carol Semple Thompson and Meghan Stasi; and two members of the winning 2021 Curtis Cup Team, Emilia Migliaccio and Gina Kim. It has long drawn an international field and has three Divisions: the Championship Division, the Forever 49 Division (max index 16.4) and the Ben Roman Division (indexes from 7.0 to 24.4). It is the first of the "Orange Blossom" series of Florida winter tournaments.

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