CONGRATS: Michelle Wie wins US Women's Open
On June 22, 2014, Korean-American Michelle Wie won her first major championship at the U.S. Women's Open. She's only 24, but is already a veteran golfer. From the time she was only 4-years-old and started playing golf, to winning her first junior championship at the age of 11, turning professional before she turned 16, and recently winning the championship, Michelle Wie has set many records in golf. Here are some interesting and fun facts about her.
Let's first take a look at her winning putt at the U.S. Women's Open.
Her full name is Michelle Sung Wie. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on Oct 11, 1989, she is the only child of immigrant parents from South Korea who came to the United States in the 1980s. Her father, Byung-wook Wie, is a former professor of transportation management at the University of Hawaii. Her mother, Bo, was South Korea's women's amateur golf champion in 1985, and competed in a Miss Korea beauty pageant. (These cute baby photos are from Michelle's Instagram.)
Michelle started playing golf at the age of 4. At the age of 10 in 2000, she became the youngest player ever to qualify for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship. In 2001, at the age of 11, she won both the Hawaii State Women's Stroke Play Championship and the Jennie K. Wilson Women's Invitational, the oldest and most prestigious women's amateur tournament in Hawaii.
(photo via http://www.independent.co.uk)
When Wie was 13 in 2004, professional golfer Ernie Els remarked, 'Give her another couple years to get stronger, she can play on the PGA Tour.' At 6 feet tall, Wie is known for her long drives. Her average drive was about 280 yards at the age of 16. Here's a video that compares Ernie Els and Michelle Wie. (Would anyone be surprised if she wins the Master's someday?)
At 18, she entered Stanford University as a freshman, but as a professional golfer, Wie was not eligible under NCAA rules to play for Stanford's golf team. Wie graduated from Stanford in June 2012 with a major in communications.
Michelle said that if her friends were to describe her, they would say she is 'nerdy'. Her hobbies include shopping, exploring different types of music, hanging out with friends, watching movies and finding funny clips on YouTube. Could this be one of the funny videos? It shows her eating live squid.
She did a fun photo shoot for Vogue. Here's one of the photos as posted on her Facebook.
She met President Obama at the White House in 2010. Not only are they both from Hawaii, they're alumni from the same Punahou School located in Honolulu.
She's 6-feet tall and easily towers over these admiring TV hosts during an interview.
What's in Michelle Wie's Bag? For you golfers and fans, check out this video that she did for the LPGA.
After she won the U.S. Women's Open, she celebrated by taking the trophy up to the Empire State Building and drinking (something) out of the trophy at a party. (photos from her Instagram)
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With her major win, we can expected her to sign more deals in endorsements and commercials. She's simply great in this funny Kia commercial:
Michelle Wie has had her ups and downs in the years leading up to her big win at the U.S. Women's Open. Persisting at honing her game has proven her mettle in this difficult sport. Her future is bright and without limits given her talents and determination.
Congratulations, Michelle Wie!