Michelle Wie’s Disqualification


As many people who follow golf (and some that do not) Michelle Wie’s career has really hit rock bottom. The one-time teen prodigy has fallen off the map in competitive women’s golf.

Saturday Wie completed her best round of the season shooting a 5 under 67 at the State Farm Classic. That score would have put her in second place at the tournament. Even on the one day of the year that Wie managed to play well she still managed to find disaster.

Wie forgot to sign her scorecard. She was disqualified from the tournament by the LPGA. The now 18-year-old Wie was seen crying after the disqualification.

I do not understand how athletes like Wie make such simple mistakes which cost them dearly. With all the money Wie makes from endorsements and prize money, she should be able to hire someone to be with her at all times to ensure she does not make said mistakes.

Call it a “handler” if you must; a person who looks after the needs, wants, and desires of the athlete. A person who makes sure that athletes does exactly what he/she is suppose to. A person to oversee all the small details that the athlete may overlook.

Perhaps it has to do with the young age at which some of these prodigies come to fame. Perhaps it is the attitude that some of those under 30 have about their success. One can look at Miley Cyrus. An All-American girl who was on the top of the world. Then photos surface showing her in compromising positions, for which she was taken to task by the media.

Of course, Ms. Wie’s mistake is nothing compared to Cyrus’. Wie mistake was a honest omission of a rule that she had to be disqualified for.

The point I am making it that these stars need to be more careful in what they do and what they do not do. With their money, they can well afford to hire a room full of people to take care of their needs.

On a simpler note, why didn’t her caddy say something about signing the scorecard? Some may say that is not his/her job, but Wie, as their employer could make it their job.

If I for one had a child who was as talented and girted as Ms. Wie, I would certainly make sure all the little things were taken care of. My dear departed father used to say, “Take care of the little things. Make sure you have crossed your “T”s and dotted your “I”s. Make sure all the paperwork is done.”

I used to laugh at him when he said that, but I realized many years later, he was right. If a job is worth doing it is worth doing right and to completion.

Michelle Wie had finished the round and was done for the day; or so she thought. All she had to do was sign the scorecard. In reality, her day was not done, because she did nolt dot her ‘I’ and finish her paperwork.

This was a hard lesson, and I hope she has learned from it. But I will not be surprised if she hasn’t. After all, the youth of today have a mind of their own, and many can only learn from experience.

In closing, there was no reason for this to happen. No reason at all. Ms. Wie is a professional and a profession always takes care of business. At least they should take care of business. After all, they are professionals.