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Marcell
Dec 19th, 2006, 09:04 PM
Wie gets accepted to Stanford

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Associated Press
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Michelle Wie celebrated her first victory of the year - she got accepted to Stanford.

The 17-year-old senior at Punahou School in Honolulu said Tuesday she would enroll in the fall, dispelling any talk she would concentrate exclusively on her professional golf career once she finished high school.
"No one really believed me," Wie said from Orlando, Fla., where she is working with swing coach David Leadbetter. "Now that I got into Stanford ... it was one of my dreams, and I want to go through with it. I definitely want to go there and really try to graduate."

Wie has been mixing school and tour golf since she played three LPGA Tour events at age 12. She turned professional in October 2005 and earned close to $20 million this year from endorsements, earnings and appearance money overseas.

And while she still hasn't won on the LPGA Tour - she had three close calls in the majors - Wie said her nerves were never more jangled than waiting to see if she had been accepted. She got the news Friday.

Wie's grandfather, an aunt and an uncle went to Stanford, and that was her first choice all along.

"I got an e-mail on Wednesday telling me the directions to find out online, with a password and pin code," she said. "I think they do that on purpose. They enjoy making people suffer for two days. I was counting down the days - Friday at 1 p.m. was like doomsday. I was really stressed out. I had stomach aches, and Thursday I couldn't eat anything."

After a final exam Friday morning, she asked to be excused from English, bringing two friends to the computer lab to punch in the code and see if she had been accepted.

"They screamed, I screamed, we were reading the letter out loud, and everyone gave us these weird looks," she said.

Wie said two other students from Punahou also got into Stanford, while her best friends were accepted at Duke and Harvard. She did not know what she would study, narrowing it down to business, economics or marketing.

Told that Tiger Woods lasted only two years at Stanford before he turned pro, she said, "Hopefully, I'll last a little longer."

Her father, B.J. Wie, is a professor at the University of Hawaii.

Wie has been one of the top headliners in women's golf she since she became the youngest USGA champion at adult events by winning the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in 2003 at 13. The same year, she played in the final group at an LPGA major. But that USGA title was her last victory.

She dreams of competing on the PGA Tour one day, although that remains a work in progress. She has missed the cut in all six PGA Tour events she has played, and is 1-for-12 in making the cut against the men. She tied for 35th this year in the SK Telecom Open on the Asian Tour, which was reduced to 54 holes because of rain.

Wie also had a chance to qualify for the U.S. Open this summer until she dropped back over the final nine holes. Her next start will be the Sony Open in Honolulu on Jan. 11.

tenn_ace
Dec 19th, 2006, 09:06 PM
never had any doublts she would to any school of her choice.

antonella
Dec 19th, 2006, 10:49 PM
Wonder if she'll join the mens golf team there???

darrinbaker00
Dec 19th, 2006, 11:08 PM
Wonder if she'll join the mens golf team there???
Michelle is a professional, so she's ineligible to play NCAA golf, men's or women's.

Black Mamba.
Dec 19th, 2006, 11:27 PM
She seems to be taking the same route that Tiger took.

darrinbaker00
Dec 19th, 2006, 11:57 PM
She seems to be taking the same route that Tiger took.
Tiger turned pro after Stanford, not before. Tiger also won some amateur tournaments, unlike Michelle.

Black Mamba.
Dec 19th, 2006, 11:58 PM
Tiger turned pro after Stanford, not before. Tiger also won some amateur tournaments, unlike Michelle.

Not career wise but school wise

Sally Struthers
Dec 20th, 2006, 12:09 AM
like there was any suspense involved around her acceptance. Not only is she a star but a legacy applicant.

quasar
Dec 20th, 2006, 12:40 AM
Wonder how this would affect her endorsements (I assume there's a clause postponing any payments should she go to college in detriment of participating in the Tour).

Tiger lasted 2 yeras at Stanford, McEnroe 1 or 2 (not sure). I imagine she will get a feel for the college experience, take some courses that should help her manage her career away from the links (marketing, economics, personal finance, business mgmt. and the like) and then get back to the LPGA after a year or so.

After all, even though she's got truckloads of money already, the temptation to earn even more, get back to the spotlight, and assure her place among the all-time greats by winning lots of majors would be greatly benefitted if her stint as Stanford were to be quick (specially if she wants to start a family early--say, around her 30th b-day, as I reckon a pregnancy and the conditioning to get back in shape afterwards would force her to take at least a year off from the Tour).

Cheers, Mery Xmas and Joyeux Noel, all rolled into one,

Carlos

Pureracket
Dec 20th, 2006, 01:57 AM
like there was any suspense involved around her acceptance. Not only is she a star but a legacy applicant.
. .. which is why I don't understand the big deal against applying affirmative action for minorities and women in these applications.

Legacies are the same thing if not even more preferential than affirmative acton.

MikeJones
Dec 20th, 2006, 02:12 AM
Shes still gonna be playing Golf, just not at Stanford. She turned pro last year.

So most likely she wont be there fulltime. Unless she wants to basically give up competitive golf for 4 years :rolleyes: