Apr
9
2009
Meet Stephanie Wei
By Stephanie Wei under General

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Stephanie Wei is a freelance writer-reporter, blogger and entrepreneur. She’s known best in the industry for her dynamic voice and unique perspective as she provides on-site, behind-the-scenes reporting. She covers about 30 tournaments a year on the PGA Tour, LPGA in a domestic and global capacity.

Formed in March 2009, Stephanie initially started her website, “Wei Under Par,” as a hobby, but it quickly became one of the most popular golf blogs, and less than a year later she became immersed in the golf media, which led to an increasing number of opportunities. In 2013, WUP is now one of the leading golf sites in the industry.

Stephanie has been a contributor Sports Illustrated Golf+ since 2011. She’s also been published in Sports Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, Golf.com, ESPN.com, The Seattle Times, The Big Lead, Huffington Post, and mediaite.com, among others.

She’s a regular on radio and podcasts around the world, and she’s made various television appearances for her insider expertise, including “The Crossover with Michelle Beadle,” CNN International and MSNBC. She also served as an on-air correspondent for the R&A’s “@TheOpen Live” at the 2012 Open Championship.

Known for her persistent efforts as a pioneer in social media, she is  only individual to successfully become an established member of the golf press via the new world order. Her exclusive one-on-one interviews have featured Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Day, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, Yani Tseng, Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Nancy Lopez, Michelle Wie, and many more.

Caught burning the midnight oil in the media center at the 2010 US Open

 

Smiling awkwardly on the 9th tee during the final round of the 2010 US Open

Stephanie played golf competitively in the junior and college ranks. She remains an avid golfer and currently plays to a four-handicap.

In college she was a member of the Yale Women’s Golf Team, where she served as captain her junior year, and enjoyed an accomplished career, including a win at the 2002 Dartmouth Invitational. She was named to the Academic All-Ivy Team in 2003 and 2004, and she was also 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.

As a junior golfer, Stephanie was nationally ranked in the top 100. She was a three-time Washington State Class A High School Girls’ Champion. She was named to the 2000 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) HP Scholastic All-American Team. In 2013 she was inducted into The Overlake School Athletics Hall of Fame.

After graduating from Yale in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in History (with distinction), Stephanie 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.

Cabot Links in Nova Scotia

Cabot Links in Nova Scotia

 

(Top photo by Mike Altobello; Middle two photos by Allen Henry/Golf Chronicles)