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    I don't even like golf. Heck, I barely know the difference between a birdie and a bogey. But I'm following Michelle Wie's progress nonetheless. Even my daughter has started paying attention (making my wife, who is hostile to golf, apoplectic).

    She always does very well, and still garners lots of attention (drawing the largest galleries, and even being cited by some smaller courses as making the difference between having a good or bad year), even though she tends to fall just short of expectations, and -- like any 15-year-old -- to fumble when the pressure's on.

    Even though she's been adamant about enjoying amateur life, dutifully turning down huge checks at big events, folks can't stop talking about when she'll go pro:
    The Orlando Sentinel reported last week that Golfweek magazine, in its July 23 issue, reported that rumors indicated that the Oct. 13 to 16 LPGA Samsung World Championship is "going to be Wie's professional debut." The Sentinel also reported the magazine saying that Wie was in line to sign a multi-year deal with Nike in the $10 million range. The Samsung tournament will begin two days after Wie's 16th birthday on Oct. 11.
    Is she ready? Should she simply strike while the iron is hot?

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    It's the same argument that's made about high school players and the NBA: what if the youngster suffers a possibly career-ending injury this month and hasn't cashed in?

    Fifteen is awfully young to be traveling around the country going to tournaments; I'd imagine the family would want to travel with her, and then what happens to the parents' careers?

    Tough choices.

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    I think her father is pushing her to live his dream. I often wonder how a professer who makes about 80 grand a year can pay for his child to zip around the world golfing and still afford Punahou. From what I hear( from people who follow golf) is that since she's not a pro yet , NIKE pays her father as a golf consultant with the promise that when she does go pro, she'll endrose them. That way they have the cash. I'm sure NIKE is not the only company to do this( they did the same for Tiger Woods dad).

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    To me the question is, will the peak of her success in the long term be now, when she's a novelty rather than solely a talent? That is, in three years, she could just another really good 18-year-old women's golf player. Right now, she's a phenomenon. If she goes pro and wins a championship next year, everyone will be watching. If she works slow and steady, she might climb the ranks and do it all right, but end up nothing altogether that special a decade from now, merely a footnote because of what she did at 15.

    I don't think she's ready to go pro, and I don't think she thinks she's ready to go pro, either. But "striking when the iron is hot" is a reasonable strategy, one followed by many sports and other young "stars." That path could go horribly wrong, but it could also work out best with the right planning and perspective. Cash in today, but be prepared for and perfectly happy with being forgotten in ten years. With more money in the bank, it's a less painful transition.

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    I'm trying to think of a comparable female golfer and I can't. Laura Baugh and Jan Stevenson were big stars early, but it was because of their looks, not their games. Nancy Lopez was huge, but she won something like ten tournaments one year and then took a few years off to raise kids.

    Wie has now finished second in two or three LPGA tournaments as an amateur. That's better than Woods ever did.

    Speaking of seconds, a statistic I'd forgotten: Nicklaus had 18 major tournament wins, but the one that really stands out beyond that is he also finished second in majors 18 times (or close to that nbr). Think about that. First or second place 36 times on the biggest stages your game has to offer.

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    like you, i don't know much about golf and have never had any interest in playing it. just my two cents but i think it's almost a no brainer. i say go for the bucks. even if she fizzles out, she'll have made enough money to do whatever she wants for the rest of her life: play golf, go to school, work at down to earth, coach at punahou, whatever. just my two cents...

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    I'm no golfer myself, nor do I watch much of it either. As a TV viewing sport, I put golf in between bowling & birdwatching. But I have taken a keen interest in Miss Wie, only because she is a "local girl" who has made good. But I think "Team Wie", is making a big mistake putting this youngster up against the PGA. Let's not lose sight that this young lady hasn't even won a tourney yet in the LPGA yet. I say one step at a time, and they should be "baby steps" too! I'd sure hate to see this girl 'hit the wall', and burnout like the young tennis star Tracy Austin did 30 years ago.

    Michelle Wie is all but a pro already. Though she hasn't excepted tourney money,but money from sponsers is excepted. How else would she be world hopping to make all these tourneys? I believe her classmate(S. Kono) is just as talented, but is perhaps taking a road less risky to fall into career burnout!
    I hope Michelle's parents don't lose sight that she is only a teenager, and let her live a life as a teenager too! I'm sure that is what the Kono family is doing with their daughter.

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    Wie reportedly will turn pro next week
    Michelle Wie plans to announce Wednesday she is turning professional, six days before her 16th birthday, ending an amateur career in which she spent most of her time playing against the pros.

    Two sources involved with her decision, both speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that Wie would make the morning announcement at the Kahala Mandarin Hotel near the Waialae Country Club, where she has twice played in the Sony Open.

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    Which reminds me of MrWendell's Metroblogging Hawaii entry about Michelle Wie from a few months back. She may be turning pro, but she's still just a kid.

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    The article says she'll be the only junior at Punahou who's a millionaire. Good for her!
    But I wonder if she'll really be the only millionaire student there...

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    The press conference should be starting soon - I saw a shot of the room - it's covered in Nike logos. No more wearing what she wants (except for maybe those fun earrings she favors!) when she plays. My only hope is that she doesn't lose her love for the game. I don't think you can get as good as she is solely to please some one else.

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    It's official now. More power to her!
    And, bless her little heart, the first thing she did was to pledge $500,000 to the U.S. Golf Hurricane Relief Fund, set up by the major golf organizations.
    Here's what has already hit, just one hour after the press conference started:

    http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/ar.../br/br02p.html

    http://starbulletin.com/breaking/breaking.php?id=3812

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...pro/index.html

    http://msn.foxsports.com/golf/story/4934532

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    Yeah, and she's got the bod and looks of a superstar model, so if her golfing career ever fades, she could probably make a lot of money on the catwalks, too! She could be the next Anna Kornikova or Serena Williams.

    Miulang

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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui
    The article says she'll be the only junior at Punahou who's a millionaire. Good for her!
    But I wonder if she'll really be the only millionaire student there...
    She'll probably the only rich kid at Punahou who earned her millions on her own. The rest of the rich kids there probably were born with silver spoons in their mouths and are related to wealthy people.

    Miulang

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    i say geev um, weezie...even if she goes out like a damp bottle rocket, she'll still have the cash, and, as far as i can tell, $10M still goes a long way towards a lifetime of security...

    any bets on the over-under for her first playboy spread? (crass, i know, but not unrealistic)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdub
    i say geev um, weezie...even if she goes out like a damp bottle rocket, she'll still have the cash, and, as far as i can tell, $10M still goes a long way towards a lifetime of security...
    I could happily live off of $10M for the rest of my life. Hell, I'd settle for $5M.

    any bets on the over-under for her first playboy spread? (crass, i know, but not unrealistic)
    Ohhh, brah, don't go there. Remember, she's not even 16 yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Miyashiro
    Ohhh, brah, don't go there. Remember, she's not even 16 yet!
    i know, i know...hence the "over-under" qualification...hell, she's been glamorized all over the globe...it just seems like a logical question begging an extrapolated answer...i've got more keiki nieces than i can count, so i certainly didn't mean to sound perverted...my apologies...

    but the question remains...

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    Heck, she could get a job hosting any and/or all tournaments or get on the infocommercial circut or sell golf clothing on Home Shopping Network! Heck, I'd watch! I love golf (so does hubby) and we love watching her golf!
    Lovena

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    WSKO (The Score) 790, a local sports talk radio station in Providence, has been advertising advance ticket sales for the 2006 US Women's Open, which will be held in July '06, at the Newport (RI) Country Club. The ad makes mention of some of the better-known female golfers on the LPGA tour who are expected to compete in Newport...perhaps a dozen names are read-off during the commercial. I'm just curious as to how long it will take the radio station to amend the ad and include "Michelle Wie" in the list of golfers expected to compete.

    I remember the radio station interviewed the president of the Newport Country Club about the upcoming open, maybe two months ago, and I'm estimating that 75% of the conversation revolved around Michelle Wie. You could tell that this guy was chomping at the bit, hoping and praying that Michelle would go pro or get an exemption to play at the open in 2006.

    I'm guessing that there is going to be a big-time increase in sales now that Michelle is going pro, with ticket buyers betting that she's going to play the most prestegious event on the LPGA.
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    I just wish she'd stop talking like Elvis with that drawl ya know what ah mean!

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe
    I just wish she'd stop talking like Elvis with that drawl ya know what ah mean!
    That's no drawl -- it's her braces and retainer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui
    That's no drawl -- it's her braces and retainer!

    I think Michelle Wie better watch out on those rainy golf days. Was it Lee Travino who got struck twice by lightning on the golf course? With all that metal in her mouth I wonder if she picks up any good radio stations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miulang
    Yeah, and she's got the bod and looks of a superstar model, so if her golfing career ever fades, she could probably make a lot of money on the catwalks, too! She could be the next Anna Kornikova or Serena Williams.
    Yes, except that Kournikova has never actually won a major. Serena and Michelle, though -- they have the talent to back up their looks.

    I'm amazed at how poised this 15-year-old kid is. I look forward to watching her evolve as a player and, yes, as a woman. Props to her for donating her first half-mil to Katrina victims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Miyashiro
    I could happily live off of $10M for the rest of my life. Hell, I'd settle for $5M.

    Ohhh, brah, don't go there. Remember, she's not even 16 yet!
    das ok glen...da kine uncle inouye say 16 ok in hawaii use to be 14 but wen change

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe
    I think Michelle Wie better watch out on those rainy golf days. Was it Lee Travino who got struck twice by lightning on the golf course? With all that metal in her mouth I wonder if she picks up any good radio stations?
    trevino said after shanking a 1-iron and a bolt of lightning hit a nearby tree immediately thereafter, "See! Not even God can hit a 1-iron!"

    as i watched today's coverage, wiesy's braces are now off...

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