by Carolyn Barta    Fri, Oct 7, 2005, 12:58 PM

wei071.jpgWho can deny that Michelle Wie has the most beautiful golf swing of any player in golf today – male or female. But turning pro at 16 – well, five days short of her 16th birthday – is a foolish move, perpetrated by a society that values money more than maturity.

Wie has yet to prove herself as an amateur, having won only one big amateur event. She talks about upping the stakes and having more fun as a pro. What about the fun of finishing her normal growing up?

I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with those who say Wie is making a savvy business move. She’s bowing to greed – that of business, family, agents, herself…whoever. It’s all about branding and selling product. It's another example of the corporate takeover of sports.

Those who urged Wie to turn pro have sold her short – for one reason. Bingo, bango, buck-o.

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