Guest Author - Letta Meinen
Since Michelle Wie finally posted her first win in Mexico at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara plus her showing in the Solheim Cup she should make waves this year. I have been interested in her from a very young age that she could hit that ball so far and compete. When she started competing in Menís golf tournaments I had my doubts that this was the way for her to start.
Of course she struggled either from too much handling by her manager or her parents she did not get off to a good start in golf circles. Any one with that much talent should have been brought up slowly until she became accustomed to tournament golf. Tournament play is much different than exhibitions as that is what she was playing with the men.
Until she grew up and getting her education she then arrived with the LGA and became more comfortable with her game. She has a smooth swing and seems to have an outgoing personality which gave her a good standing with the lady golfers. Then the Solheim Cup came along and she wanted to prove herself after being selected as one of the extras for the team. Of course this could be nerve racking as wanting to prove she had what it took to help the team.
As the games went on and she started winning it became a joy to watch her relax and be playful with the other team mates. They all seemed to be having a good time as their wins kept mounting. She now is becoming more interested to sports writers wanting to write her story. These stories are now coming out and the Golf Magazine March issue has an interview with her. Great pictures and she answers these questions with enthusiasms and warmth. Michelle mentioned that although she was nervous at the Solheim Cup but when she kept winning it became a joy and had a lot of fun with the other players. Everyone saw a different side to Michelle as winning will do that for you.
Michelle admits that she was naive when she was younger and it was an easy time in her life but she went through some bad times and had to mature and learned from those days. She went through some injuries and kept trying to play anyway but that was very difficult. It took so long to recover and remarks would be made that were difficult to take. She tries to forget those days and live for the future.
She is still very close to her parents and says there will be a time when it is just her manager, caddy and her but she is not ready for that yet. She feels every young girl interested in golf should get her education as it is an important part of growing up. She said a college education is most important in having a normal life. I am looking forward to watching Michelle on the LPGA golf circuit this year, she will win again.