Hawaiian teen qualifies for the U.S. Open!!!!! Media goes wild
By the way, here is the actual transcript of an instant messenger conversation I just had with a friend (only the name was changed to protect the innocent):
Mark Nessmith: did you hear that a teenage KID from Hawaii qualified for the U.S. Open!?
John Doe: no s**t? good for her.
John Doe: i eagerly await baldwin’s apoplectic blog.
Mark Nessmith: Her!?
Mark Nessmith: I’m talking about Tadd Fujikawa, the 15-year-old freshman at Moanalua High School.
John Doe: we’re not talking about wie?
Mark Nessmith: Wie bit the dust.
John Doe: oh. never heard of him.
Mark Nessmith: Ironic, isn’t it?
John Doe: indeed.
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That 15 year old qualified from the Hawaii sectional.
There was just a field of 10.
Michelle could have entered that event, but if she had, people like you would have claimed it was no good because of avoiding the best competition.
You cannot have it both ways. Good luck to the kid, but I doubt he would have qualified from Summit. In fact, I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have.
Ford, on the kid, fair play to him. I merely stated that if Michelle qualified from the Hawaii sectional people would have insulted the field there.
On the whole failure thing, it is far from failure. She got further than last year, by getting through local qualifying. At Sectional she was tied 58th and that is very respectable.
Some excellent points. I am glad to have you on the team. As you stated, Michelle wasn't close to qualifying. I am glad we agree on that.
Some people were claiming that her 3 bogeys in a row were due to pressure. You and I Alex know that she really wasn't that close so it was nothing to do with pressure.
Howard, she did indeed demonstrate that it is possible for a woman to qualify. BJ meant she showed it physically. You should understand that there have been many people who claimed that a woman just couldn't be up to the job physically. She proved that she was very much up to the job from a physical strength point of view. However her putting needs to improve.
As regards the greens, yes they are more difficult for her, due to her inexperience. Most of the field have alot more experience on these types of extremely tough greens.
For example the lpga greens are like a flat surface in comparison to those greens.
Of course everyone plays on the same greens and all that, but there is no problem in pointing out that her inexperience is going to test her on those greens.
By the way, I am delighted with her performance. If she had not made the 3 bogeys and pared out instead, it would have been better, but I think it is maybe better she did not qualify this time round.
Winged foot is going to be extremely difficult for top 10 players, not to mind Michelle Wie. I don't think she would have benefited that much by playing there at this stage.
Instead she has put in a very impressive debut at Sectional qualifying and laid great foundations for future attempts.