Golf News for Thursday, July 13, 2006 | Books

Jennifer Mario writes first-ever biography of golfer Michelle Wie

“Michelle Wie is one of the four or five most interesting players in golf today. She’s right there with Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, and Annika Sorenstam.”
-- ABC golf analyst, Judy Rankin

Women’s golf has never been bigger – both in the U.S. and globally – than it is now. It’s been a long journey for the women’s game led by such pioneers such as “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias, Kathy Whitworth, and Nancy Lopez to name a few. Thanks to their greatness on the course and resilience off it, they forged a path for today’s top young stars. No doubt one of the brightest of these young lights is 16-year-old Michelle Wie. Affectionately known around golfing circles as “The Big Wie-sy,” Michelle has a classic swing that weekend hackers, regardless of gender, can only dream about. Just recently this young lady proved once again that she can play with the boys as she not only made the cut in the SK Telecom Open but finished just 12 shots behind the winner.

Jennifer Mario, regular columnist for and North Carolina golf magazine, Triangle Golf Today, presents the first ever biography of this budding champion who someday may win events on the men’s tour as easily as she will dominate the women’s: "MICHELLE WIE: The Making of a Champion."

Unlike other sports prodigies, whose parents have been as destructive as they’ve been helpful and supportive, Michelle Wie’s father has steadfastly maintained a position of strength in her life and career without tearing at the fabric of it. This has seemingly laid the foundation for Michelle’s strong determination as a player while at the same time helping her to maintain a level head and charming yet professional manner on the tour. She is quickly becoming one of the top role models for young girls wanting to get involved in sports in general, and golf in particular, both from the standpoint as a player and – equally – as a person. In fact, despite appearances that success has come easy for Wie, one her crowning moments so early in her career happened with the tremendous professionalism she displayed after an error on her part resulted in her disqualification from the Samsung World Championship. Instead of pointing fingers or making excuses, Wie understood the innocent error she made in tournament rules and learned from this episode. Stories like that in Jennifer Mario’s terrific first-ever biography tells the real story behind this inspirational young lady and golfing phenomenon.

From breaking down her sweet golf swing to her million dollar endorsements, from her life on the tour to her rocket rise to stardom, Mario gives the full picture of Wie that will serve as a great resource for young readers everywhere interested in how this young lady has quickly earned a spot atop the pantheon of her sport.

Jennifer Mario is a regular columnist for Triangle Golf Today, a North Carolina golf magazine, and writes features, course reviews, columns, and a blog for, a Forbes “Best of the Web” publication. Born and raised in South Korea, she brings an understanding of Korean culture and values to any discussion of Wie’s life. This is her first book.

MICHELLE WIE: The Making of a Champion
By Jennifer Mario
Publication Date: July 11, 2006
Price: $11.95, A Griffin Trade Paperback Original
Pages: 208, includes one 8-page b&w photo insert
ISBN # 0-312-36289-7

Joe Rinaldi, Director of Publicity
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