Just Hours After the Iconic LPGA Tour Event, Host Michelle Wie West Acknowledges the Growth of the Game Through a Heart-Felt Message

Published 06/06/2023, 10:11 AM EDT

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The 2023 Mizuho Americas Open concluded with a bang. The event did not only have a historical winner in the form of Rose Zhang. But was also hosted by the legendary Michelle Wie West. The iconic tournament witnessed many great moments, including the unique format. Apart from 120 professional golfers, the field format welcomed 24 junior players.

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The tournament in New Jersey witnessed the return of West in a new role after her retirement from international golf. However, the former LPGA player still holds the same charisma, fierceness, and genuineness when it comes to the game. Her recent Instagram post reflected something similar. It displayed immense gratitude and the extraordinary vision behind the game.

Michelle Wie West reflects on the development of golf through the 2023 Mizuho Americas Open

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The trailblazing professional, Michelle Wie West, penned a wonderful post-tournament message. Even though it was mostly composed of the gratitude the 33-year-old felt, it also highlighted an important point. It was with regard to the development of the game through this iconic event at Liberty National Golf Course.

In her eloquent caption, West acknowledged the vision behind the LPGA tournament that commenced on June 1. She said, “This has been a purpose driven event from beginning to elevate the women’s game and to advance the next generation.” Which stands true! A field of 24 junior golfers got to witness and be part of a mega event. This step is likely to boost their confidence and urge them to improve their skills.

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And everything that @mizuho.americas has done this week has proven that. Thank you for having me be a part of this week and for being such an amazing partner,” West concluded her strong sentiment. The success story of the iconic LPGA event only complimented West’s ideas.

The ex-pro had once said, “I just think that it’s [junior golf] just so important. Mizuho is also really aligned on this. We want to advance the next generation, and that’s what everything is all about.” And through this event, she has followed up on that!

The 5-time LPGA Tour winner’s joy after the success of the Mizuho Americas Open was also understandable. After all, she has always advocated for the upliftment of female golfers.

Michelle’s heartwarming acknowledgment of constant support at her first event as a host

In addition to recognizing the growth that the New Jersey tournament has provided, West quite humbly addressed all the support she received. Like a true hostess, her gratitude was heartwarming. After all, she had invested a lot of effort in this tournament. From sponsors to the players, West credited everyone for the games’ success.

She said, “Words just can’t describe this week…just WOW.” In accordance with the same, she thanked the AJGA for providing an amazing team of junior golfers. She praised the golfers and commented, “They all were so eager to learn and they impressed everyone with their play!

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The LPGA icon did not forget to mention the amazing venue. Consequently, she thanked the ‘Fireman family‘ for the same. In fact, it was cloaked in a mesmerizing view of the Manhattan skyline and the historic Statue of Liberty. Thus, she was grateful for such a huge platform where women golfers got to showcase their skills. The event wouldn’t have been possible without the sponsor’s support, and Michelle acknowledged the same.

Evidently, the former professional enjoyed her first golf event as a host. She wound up her statement with, “This event was truly a team effort and couldn’t have been possible without everyone involved.

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Watch this story: ‘I’m a Nutcase’: Months After Retiring, Michelle Wie West Baffles Young PGA Tour Pro With Her ‘Weird’ Superstitions

What do you think of Michelle’s heartfelt Instagram post? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Areeba Basharat

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Areeba Basharat is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. She drives inspiration from the women players at the LPGA who've taken the sport to a level that allows female golfers to flourish and thrive with grace. Areeba defines her love for the sport by quoting legend, Michelle Wie West : "The first time I grabbed a golf club, I knew that I would do it for the rest of my life."
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Sheldon Pereira

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