Wie Donates $500K to Hurricane Katrina Relief

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LAS VEGAS -- Michelle Wie gave a $500,000 check to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, then played a round of golf with Bill Clinton. The former president called the 16-year-old golfer an 'inspiration.'
 
Wie, who turned pro Oct. 5, presented the check to Clinton at the Southern Highlands Golf Club on Sunday.
 
'I just saw clips of it and I really wanted to help out,' Wie said. 'I really do hope it helps a lot of people. ... Compared to all the disaster, it's such a little amount of money.'
 
'I want to thank Michelle for this very generous contribution to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund,' Clinton said in a statement. 'There are many people in the Gulf region who are in need and who will benefit from Michelle's extraordinary generosity. She's truly an inspiration on and off the course.'
 
Wie and Clinton played golf after she gave him the check.
 
'It was really awesome,' Wie said. 'It was really cool to see a former president.'
 
Wie's next competition is the 2005 Casio World Open on the Japan Golf Tour on Nov. 24-27.
 
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