Monday, December 08, 2008

I have to admit, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Michelle
Wie camp. I’ve seen firsthand the high expectations a father can have for his
child’s playing potential. As the
daughter of a retired life member of the PGA, I’m occasionally reminded of my
father’s hope, way back in the 1970s, that I would be the next Laura Baugh. But my father’s dream never turned into a
nightmare. I’ve always disagreed with
the way B.J. Wie chose to orchestrate his daughter’s public persona, and as
that arrangement started to melt down, I began to feel sorry for Michelle. Now, I have made a 180-degree turn. I owe her respect, although the verdict is still out on the people around her.

Still a student at Stanford this fall, Michelle decided to
go for her LPGA Tour card and succeeded. She made good decisions and
produced great results. So far, the
only controversy she has created is by keeping quiet, choosing to stay focused on
her game. She has finally accepted that there are no
short cuts to success.

Of course, she needed her LPGA card more than ever this
year, as her sponsor's-exemption act was wearing thin at age 19. But whatever
her reasons, at least she is out there earning her way like everyone else. She will wake up next week
with her Tour card, and perhaps look back on the last several years as just a bad dream.

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Carol Preisinger has been LPGA teaching professional for
more than 20 years. She teaches at the Kiawah Island Club in South Carolina

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