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Wie celebrates acceptance to Stanford

1/13/2007 - Golf Michelle Wie

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.

"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."
-- Michelle Wie

"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. Wie will not be eligible to play NCAA golf.

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.