How did Madison get here? She earned it through her play on the Symetra Tour in 2014. She was exempt from both Stage I and Stage II qualifying on the basis of her money list finish.
Pressel spent four years at the University of Texas and was the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year in 2011. That 2011 NCAA season included her victory at the Big 12 Championship tournament. She also holds the school record for lowest round, a 65 she shot as a freshman in 2009.
Madison graduated in 2013 and turned pro, playing in two Symetra Tour events. This year was her first as a full-time tour professional. And she did pretty darn good.
So good that her Symetra season included her first pro victory. Madison won a playoff at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic in June. She also had a third-place finish and a ninth.
Madison wound up 22nd on the money list, not good enough for automatic promotion to the LPGA Tour, but good enough to be exempted into the finals of Q-School.
And yes, as if you didn't know, Madison is Morgan's little sister. In a 2011 article in Golfweek, Beth Ann Nichols wrote of the siblings, "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."
Their own people, but if you follow them on social media you realize they are clearly very close. And perhaps - it's a strong possibility - in a couple weeks they'll be closer still if Madison Pressel has a good week at Q-School.