Stephanie Wei is a freelance writer-reporter. She is the proprietor and editor of Wei Under Par, a site covering everything in golf.
Formed in March 2009, Stephanie initially started this site as a hobby, but it quickly became one of the most popular golf blogs, and less than a year later she was immersed in the media world, which led to an increasing number of opportunities.
In February 2010, she wrote her first feature article for Sports Illustrated, and then a few months later in June she covered her first major, the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. She went on to cover the 2010 Open Championship and 2010 PGA Championship for the Wall Street Journal.
She’s currently a contributor for the SI Golf Group.
After covering the 2010 Open at St. Andrews for the WSJ’s Daily Fix, she also covered many other premier events — the 2010 PGA Championship, 2010 Ryder Cup, 2011 Masters, 2011 U.S. Open, 2011 British Open and 2011 PGA Championship.
In February 2010 prominent UK website Golf365.com called Stephanie “at the head of a movement that is changing the face of the golfing media.” The following month, Mediaite named her as one of the top 25 most influential sports bloggers, writers, and tweeters currently shaping the online sports narrative.
In February 2010 she wrote her first-ever feature story, profiling PGA Tour pro Ryan Moore, which appeared in the March 8, 2010, issue of Sports Illustrated.
In April 2010 Stephanie appeared on two MSNBC spots to chat with anchor Alex Witt about Tiger Woods and The Masters.
Stephanie has chimed in with her quirky and honest opinions for Mediaite. She’s contributed to Avid Golfer, Huffington Post and ESPN.com, where she wrote a feature on Tiger Woods and Buddhism: Should we cut Tiger some slack?
Stephanie was a competitive golfer for ten years and remains an avid golfer. As a junior golfer, she was nationally ranked in the top 100. She was a three-time Washington State Class A High School Girls’ Champion.
In college she was a member of the Yale Women’s Golf Team, where she was captain her junior year. She was named to the Academic All-Ivy Team in 2003 and 2004, and a National Academic All-American in 2003. For her solid play, she received All-Ivy League honors in 2002, 2003 and 2004. She was also selected by the NCAA to represent Yale at the 2003 NCAA National Leadership Conference.
After graduating from Yale in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in History (with distinction), she moved to New York City, where she still resides. She worked in law, finance, event planning and fashion before pursuing her first passion — golf — and fusing it with with her entrepreneurial interests.
Conor Nagle, Senior Writer
Conor is a freelance journalist and recovering English Lit PhD candidate. He lives in Dubin, Ireland.
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