What a joy it was watching our homegrown sports star Michelle Wei dazzle the golf world at the tender age of 14.

Her much-heralded performance in the Sony Open in Hawaii was both historic and heartwarming, while providing a major boost for the PGA Tour and our state’s visitor industry.

Kudos to Gov. Linda Lingle for working with Sony Corporation to obtain a sponsor’s exemption so Michelle could compete in front of her local fans.

While the Sony Open is always a popular event, the governor had the foresight and confidence in Michelle’s talent to know the young golfer would draw positive international attention for our state, increase attendance by local residence, and give

Michelle [received] the respect and attention she deserves. Michelle proved that she is cut out to compete with the Pros and rightfully took her place on the green.

With a quiet grace and charm far beyond her years, this highly talented young lady serves as a wonderful ambassador for Hawaii and an outstanding role model for girls around the world. Michelle has made Hawaii proud, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing much more of this outstanding local girl.

”’Eric Hamaguchi can be reached via email at:”’ mailto:islandukulele@yahoo.co

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