Michelle Wei is an American professional golfer. She plays on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour. When she was 10 years old, she became qualified to take part in the United States Golf Association (USGA) amateur championship. She is the youngest player in USGA history to have done so. She is also the youngest player to qualify for an LPGA Tour event.
Wei turned pro just before her 16th birthday in 2005. Her first and only major event win was at the 2014 US Women’s Open.
Personal Life and Player Bio
Michelle was born Michelle Sung Wei in Honolulu, Hawaii on October 11, 1989. She is the only child of her parents and her father was a former professor at the University of Hawaii. Her mother was a former golf champion who played in South Korea. At the time of her birth, Wei had dual citizenship. She has since renounced her South Korean Citizenship.
She turned pro before she was 16 years old. When she attended Stanford University, she became ineligible to play for the school under the NCAA rules. She took leaves of absence during the years she attended Stanford in order to play professional Golf.
Michelle stands 6 feet or 1.83 meters tall. She is married to Jonnie West and the two have one child. Wei currently resides with her family in San Francisco, California.
Amateur Career and Setting Records
Wei began playing golf at age 4. When she was 10, she was the youngest player at the time to qualify to play at the US Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. When she was eleven years old, she triumphed at the Hawaii State Women’s Stroke Play Championship.
In 2002, Wei won the Hawaii State Open Women’s Division. She also qualified for an LPGA Event, the Takefuji Classic. At the time, she was the youngest player to qualify for an LPGA event. It was held in Hawaii.
In 2003, she set another record by becoming the youngest player at the time to ever make an LPGA cut. This was at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. In the same year, she won the Women’s Amateur Public Links Tournament. She became the youngest golfer to have ever won a USGA adult event.
At 13 years old, she made the cut to play at the US Women’s Open. She was the youngest player to do so. She also got to play at a PGA event, the Sony Open in Hawaii. She was also the youngest woman to have played in the Curtis Cup tournament. She also became the first female player to qualify for a USGA national men’s tournament.
Wei announced on October 5, 2005, that she was turning professional.
This was a week before her 16th birthday. She signed sponsorships with Sony and Nike. They were reportedly worth more than $10 million per year.