Prattville – At age 10, Michelle Wie became the youngest player to qualify for USGA amateur championship.
Wie became the second LPGA Tour rookie to qualify for The Solheim Cup, as a captain’s pick, after only one season in which to earn points. She was the youngest member of the team at the age of 19 and led the team with a 3-0-1 record. Wie is ranked on the 2009 LPGA Official Money List.
At almost 20 years old now, this is her first time playing in a Navistar LPGA tournament.
“I’m very excited,” Wie said. “I had a good two weeks off and a good week of school last week. I’m excited to play again. I felt like I practiced a lot last week and it will be fun to put that into action.”
This is also Wie’s first time in Alabama and commented during an interview today about how she liked the state.
“I love the food and the music,” said Wie. “Every other station plays country, so that’s great.”
Wie compared this course to other courses she has played.
“There are a lot of bunkers, lot of mounds here. It presents an interesting golf course. It’s different – a good placement golf course. You have to place the ball in the right places and the greens are very large. Trying to narrow it down to greens and pin positions.”
Wie’s tournament goals are probably similar to her peers in the golf world.
“My number one goal is definitely to win, but that’s a goal I can’t really control as much,” said Wie. “More of a personal goal is what I’ve tried to accomplish all year. Try my hardest and play my hardest and end the week, knowing I’ve done that.”
Wie is going to school now, but is unsure about which will be her toughest class.
“I don’t know. I’ve only had one week of school. I’m taking a lot of communications classes and a statistics class.”
Asked what she thought about the city of Prattville, she replied, “The people have been welcoming and it’s a great little town.”
Article by Melissa Parker
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