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LPGA player's special bond with host family

Pittsford, N.Y. It is common practice for rookie golfers to stay with host a family while on tour, but it takes a special bond to stay with the same family for nearly a decade.

Thats the case for LPGA player Morgan Pressel, 26, who is on the road for tournaments 25 to 27 weeks out of the year.

We're always in a hotel and you're by yourself, so it's kind of lonely, said Pressel. So it's nice to have a few different families that I stay with on the road.

When she's on the road to Rochester, she stays with the Gorsline's and has been for eight years.

I practically know their whole family and have seen their grandkids from when they were newborns to now, said Pressel.

It's been particularly fun to have Morgan, said Gorsline. We also had her grandparents for many years when they traveled with her, and we had the whole family here and we just had a circus.

Pressel was just 18 when she began staying with Jane Gorsline. They consider each other great friends.

Gorsline even went to Pressels wedding two years ago.

Its a relationship they never thought theyd build.

So I first got to see Morgan when she was 12-years-old, said Gorsline. She was playing at Pine Needle and Pine Hurst. I never thought she'd be staying with us as a professional.

They also did not expect this to be the final year as LPGA says goodbye to Rochester.

They become part of a family, said Pressel. A big extended family and it's a comfort more than anything.

Oh I will miss her, I'll miss her terribly, said Gorsline. Guess I'll have to get on the road and watch her in other tournaments.

Pressel said she and Gorsline plan on playing golf together once the LPGA tournament comes to an end.

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