Author Archives: Stephanie Wei

Dec
21
2014
By Stephanie Wei under General
Age ain't nothing but a number!

Age ain’t nothing but a number!

Earlier this week, PGA Professional Gus Andreone recorded his eighth hole-in-one on the 113-yard 14th hole at the Lakes Course at Palm Aire in Sarasota, Florida. As the news traveled across the interwebs, it soon became clear that Andreone, who is 103 years old, had achieved what was likely a record-breaking event, as the oldest person to make an ace.

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Dec
19
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing

I visited the Big Island of Hawaii from December 6-12 on a press trip, where I played five courses along the Kona Coast. It was a phenomenal experience, highlighted by the awesome company, which included Ross Birch, the head of Big Island Visitor’s Bureau, Nathan Kam, the President of Anthology PR Group, Randy Sportak, sportswriter for the Calgary Sun, and Jason Deegan, senior writer for GolfChannel.com. You’ll be hearing about all the courses where we teed it up, but I thought I start with the culmination of our week, which was playing in the Hawaii State Open Pro-Am.

Our 6-some on the signature par-3 15th

Our 6-some on the signature par-3 15th

When I arrived at Mauna Lani Resort for the Hawaii State Open Pro-Am last Friday and found out I had been put in the same golf cart as our pro, Parker McLachlin, I knew it was going to be a memorable day. After all, I had never played in a pro-am before (and I’ve always secretly wanted to be invited to partake in one on the PGA Tour because I think it’d be interesting and entertaining to write about). And it was everything I imagined and hoped it to be and more — mostly thanks to the fact we were paired with Parker.

But, it was really when we got to our first hole, the 8th at Mauna Lani’s South Course, in the shotgun start that I knew it would truly be a fun experience. You see, one of the guys in our group, Randy Sportak, a sportswriter from Calgary, brought a bottle of Canadian whiskey with him to make things more festive and poured shots to kick off the round for our six-some, which besides myself and Parker, also included Ross Birch, the head of the Big Island Tourism Bureau, Nathan Kam, the President of Anthology PR, and Jason Deegan, travel writer for GolfChannel.com.

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Dec
16
2014
By Stephanie Wei under General

Welcome to this year’s edition of the WUP Holiday Gift Guide. It’s not quite as fancy as last year’s — no special photoshoot — but I think there’s more diversity and a variety of options in different price ranges, so you can find a special gift for your golfer friends and family.

Happy Holidays!

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Dec
12
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Gossip

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One thing’s for sure — Adam Scott is one discreet individual. He tied the knot this past April in a very private ceremony (where guests received invites to a “garden party”) with longtime girlfriend Marie Kojzar in the Bahamas. Now, the world no. 3 golfer has revealed that he and his wife are expecting their first child in nine weeks, according to Australian Golf Digest.

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Dec
10
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing
Teeing off at Kohanaiki

Teeing off at Kohanaiki

I should’ve written and published this post *before* I departed for the press trip to the Big Island of Hawaii last Saturday, but hindsight is 20/20 and last week was an unusually busy, hectic week (for a golf media person in December). As you’ve surely gathered from my social media channels, I’m staying at nice resorts, playing golf, eating well and taking in gorgeous sunsets on the Big Island. 

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Dec
10
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Rory McIlroy

It was revealed in Commercial Court on Tuesday that Rory McIlroy “deliberately ‘wiped clean’ up to eight cell phones, which may have contained significant information relating to his ongoing legal battle with his former management company, Horizon Sports, according to the Irish Times. Apparently, McIlroy completed the “factory resetting” of the phones — which also included those of three other key parties in the case, such as his father, Gerry McIlroy.

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Dec
5
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods showed signs of improvement Friday, following his dismal performance Thursday at Isleworth Country Club. In the second round of the Hero World Challenge, Woods posted a two-under 70, despite a double-bogey on the last hole — which included a(nother) chunked chip.

Woods carded a three-over total at the halfway mark of the tournament that benefits his foundation. Although he trimmed seven strokes from his first round, he remains in last place in the 18-man field. 

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Dec
5
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Humor

If you travel to play in a golf tournament in South Africa, you may encounter unique, unexpected hazards and widlife — one of them is getting chased by a baboon, which is exactly what happened to Luke Donald, who holds the halfway lead at the Nedbank Challenge.

The Englishman’s most significant challenge may have been evading the charging creature. He was warned by playing partner Shane Lowry of the possible threat.

“It didn’t really pay any attention to me, but gave me a bit of a fright when Shane said, ‘watch out!” said Donald, who fired a nine-under 63 to take a two-shot advantage heading into the weekend.

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