Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie (full name Michelle Sung Wie, or Wie Sung-Mi in Korean) is a professional golfer on the LPGA tour. She was born on the 11th of October 1989, in Honolulu, Hawaii, in the United States of America. Her father, Wie Byung-wook, is a former transportation management professor and her mother, Bo, was a former amateur golf champion and a Korean beauty pageant contestant. Her parents migrated from South Korea to the United States during the 1980s. Wie had dual U.S. and South Korean citizenship until 2013, when she renounced her South Korean citizenship. At 6 feet tall, she is considered quite tall for an Asian woman. She has no siblings, and is not married. She currently resides in Jupiter, Florida.

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Education

Wie attended the Punahou School, in Honolulu. Formerly known as Oahu College, the school is a private, co-ed, college prep school, where students attend from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Wie graduated from Punahou School in June, 2007.  Prior to her graduation, she announced that she would be attending Stanford University, a school that had ties to her family. Her grandfather, Dr. Sang-Kyu Wie, was once a visiting professor there, and she also had an aunt and uncle graduate from Stanford.

In September 2007, Wie started at Stanford University. Having become a professional golfer already, Wie was not allowed to play for the Stanford golf team, under NCAA rules.  Since she was a professional golfer, she did not attend college daily during the first three years. She only attended during the Fall and Winter quarters, and then took leaves of absence to play professional golf the rest of the time. The leaves of absence made it possible for her to play golf, but lengthened the time she would need to attend to earn her degree.  In March of 2012, she completed her academic studies, majoring in communications, and participated in the graduation ceremony in June of 2012.

Career

Wie was interested in sports from a very young age, and began learning golf when she was four years old. At the age of 10, Michelle became the youngest player to qualify for the amateur championship of the USGA, the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, in the year 2000. She held this record for eight years. Wie was also the youngest woman to advance to match play in the championship, at 11 years old, until her record was broken in 2014. While also 11 years old, in 2001, Wie won the Hawaii State Women’s Stroke Play Championship, as well as the Jennie K. Wilson Women’s Invitational, the most prestigious women’s tournament for amateurs in the state of Hawaii.

Just one year later, in 2002, Wie won the Hawaii State Open Women’s Division by a walloping thirteen strokes. She also qualified for the Takefuji Classic, an LPGA event, and became the youngest player ever to qualify for an LPGA event.  What was nice was that the event was in Hawaii, her state of residence at the time. Unfortunately, Wie did not make the cut that year, but she still broke ground.

27 Aug, 2017


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