Okay, I had written a whole, long post and I just erased it. I decided I didn't want to go there. It's too darn depressing.
In case you forgot, I live in Hawaii. Well, Hawaii is the home of golf phenom Michelle Wie. Now she turned pro about a year ago at age 16. At the time I said it was a mistake. She is an incredible golfer but she was too young and didn't have the experience. She never played on the junior circuit. She never learned how to win. I said her parents pushed her into it. At the time she said it was her idea but she was 16. At 16 you can't see beyond next weekend, let alone the rest of your life. Our local paper though thought Michelle walked on water. You would think she was the only great female golfer ever. It was rather sickening.
Well, last week it seems she kind of self destructed. She abruptly withdrew from a tournament when there was a danger of her score going over 88. The LPGA rules state if you score over 88 you can't play in an LPGA tournament for 1 year. She used her wrist as an excuse. She's been using this wrist thing since January and the Sony open. The problem is which wrist kept changing. It was all very suspicious.
Now it seems all the sports writers are now saying the same things I've been saying for the past year. And the truth of the matter is I'm starting to feel sorry for her. She's 17 years old. She has this pressure to perform to the tune of $20 million. I believe her parents are pushing her. And she's just a kid.
So all you parents out there learn from this. Don't push your kids into stuff they are not ready for.
06 June 2007
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