Michelle Sung Wie was born on October 11, 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father is a former professor of transportation management at the University of Hawaii. Wie’s mother was South Korea’s women’s amateur golf champion in 1985.
Wie graduated from Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii in June, 2007. In September 2007 Wie began attending Stanford University. Wie went pro in 2005, making her ineligible to play for Stanford’s golf team according to NCAA rules. Due to Wie’s golf schedule, she takes many leaves of absence during the academic year to play golf. Wie’s golf career began at a very young age. She started playing at age four. In the year 2000, when Wie was only ten, she became the youngest player ever to qualify for the Women’s U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
Only one year later at age eleven, Win won both the Hawaii State Women’s Stroke Play Championship and the Jennie K. Wilson Women’s Invitational.
At the 2003 Kraft Nabisco Championship, Wie became the youngest player to make an LPGA cut. In June 2003, Wie won the Women’s Amateur Public Links tournament, becoming the youngest player ever, male or female, to win a USGA adult event. Just a few months later, Wie made the cut at the US Women’s Open when she was just thirteen, the youngest player ever to do so.
In October 2005, a week before her 16th birthday, Wie announced that she was turning professional. She signed sponsorship contracts with the large companies Nike and Sony. The contracts are reportedly worth more than 10 million dollars per year.
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