According to Golfweek, Wie has mailed in the application that is the first step in her quest to join the Ladies golf tour on a full-time basis.
Michelle Wieâ€™s latest move is one most folks can agree on: As first reported by Golfweek sheâ€™s headed to LPGA Qualifying School.
The application deadline is 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9, and multiple sources confirmed with Golfweek last week that Wieâ€™s check was in the mail.
Wie, who turns 19 on Oct. 11, has been spotted in Rancho Mirage, Calif., gearing up for the first sectional qualifier, Sept. 16-19 at Mission Hills Country Club, a course where she has enjoyed much success.
In four appearances at Mission Hills for the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Wieâ€™s worst finish is a tie for 14th in 2005. She finished T-9 in â€˜03, fourth in â€˜04, and tied for third in â€˜06, when she played in the final group as an eighth-grader.
â€œI think reality set in,â€ said Wieâ€™s swing coach, David Leadbetter, when reached by phone Sept. 9. â€œShe needs to play more tournaments. And not make those tournaments PGA Tour events. …
I agree with Leadbetter, Wie’s future is on the ladies tour, not competing against the men.
Rancho Mirage is only the first step to Michelle getting a LPGA Tour card, a second and final qualifier takes place in Daytona Beach Florida this December. I’m betting Michelle gets full LPGA privileges for 2009.
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