Now schoolgirl (12) takes on the world

Michelle qualifies for LPGA Tour event

Bob Warters's picture
Tue, 26 Feb 2002

Michelle Wie, a 12 year-old schoolgirl from Hawaii, takes on the might of America’s LPGA Tour on Friday, including world No.1 Annika Sorenstam.

The five-foot-ten-inch tall pupil, who played with US Tour player Tim Herron in January’s Sony Open pro-am, claimed one of two qualifying spots for the LPGA Tour's Takefuji Classic, which starts this week at Waikoloa Beach.

She follows close on the heels of 13-year-old schoolboy Jae An of Korea who made the cut in the New Zealand Open in January, just a handful of shots behind Tiger Woods.

Wie shot an 83 in windy conditions, finishing second to fellow amateur Sally Soranaka, who shot a 79. But she’ll have to do better, much better, if she’s to challenge Sorenstam, defending champion Lori Kane and Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, who are also in the 54-hole field.

However, Herron is convinced her time will come.

"She can bomb it," he said. "She's going to be a world-beater."



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