Hawaii shares in Michelle Wie’s big win

Michelle Wie’s big win at the U.S. Women’s Open is the talk of the town and lots of people were glued to the TV Sunday morning to watch her play.

When Wie made her putt for par on the 18th hole to win the championship, fans at Big City Diner were cheering and giving each other high-fives.

It was a major win not only for the Hawaii-born golfer, but for the state as well.

“We’ve been watching her for years,” Sweetie Pacarro said. “It’s such a great feeling to see her have fun, winning. And that’s what it’s all about, having fun, getting out there, and she’s having a great time. She looks confident, wonderful, and she just played her game today.”

From the restaurant to the driving range to the golf shops, Wie’s victory on Sunday was all anybody could talk about. And almost without exception, they mentioned how she has improved when it comes to her mindset.

“Her attitude now is so positive in that she seems like she’s enjoying the game so much,” said golfer Vernon Ching. “I think that people should emulate what she’s going through right now.”

Tetsuo Fujichaku said “she seems more happy, and most of the time I see her now, she’s smiling on the golf course. That’s the main thing.”

Wie’s accomplishment seemed to help the local golf economy.

“I think (it does) a little bit,” said Roger Dunn golf shop manager Brandon Asato. “It doesn’t hurt, for sure. I think everybody wants to see her get her first major under her belt. That’s pretty important, so it’s a pretty big deal around here, that’s for sure.”

“It was an amazing win for her,” said Nainoa Calip, this year’s winner of the Manoa Cup. “She had a rough career, but nonetheless it was a great career. Just to finally get a major win is just amazing for her.”

Michelle Wie is still a young woman, and it may be the fact that we’ve watched her for so long that she seems older than her 24 years of age.

“She started (young) and I think she was trying to accomplish too much,” Ching said. “Now that she’s kind of got into her own, I think her game’s coming around.”

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