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|Having been accepted to Stanford, Michelle Wie can cross one life goal off her list. (Courtesy photo)|
Since she burst on to the golf scene at just 13 years of age, Michelle Wie has tantalized fans with her potential and her plans. From her PGA Tour exemptions to her stated dreams to play in the Masters and the Ryder Cup, she has also been a magnet for controversy.
She may not have won a professional tournament yet, but she has reached one of her announced goals, winning acceptance to Stanford. While her family celebrates Michelle's matriculation at one of America's elite universities, as occurs in all things Wie, WorldGolf.com readers and commentators have something to say about it.
For one, I would like to congratulate Miss Wie for accomplishing another one of her goals.
Stanford, as the third-rated university in the nation, does not admit people for who they are. It takes some great academic credentials to be one of the rare few granted early admission.
Michelle's best friends applied to Harvard and Duke early, so I guess she hangs out with the right crowd, since they were also granted early admission.
I get a kick out of the folks who underestimate the determination of this young lady. To her golf is simply a game (that pays very well) and not the most important thing in life. To her this step into academia is better than winning the U.S. Women's Open.
Michelle's fans need to get used to a 10-event schedule for the next four years. It may be longer if she hangs around for her masters or even a Ph.D.
Nike and Sony are preparing an advertising blitz targeted at college students as I write this.
Looks like, just as in the game of golf, Michelle and her star power have taken another spot away from a probably more-deserving kid out there. She acted as if she was surprised that she got in. Was there ever any doubt? … For those out there who think she got in based on her academic achievement and test scores, all I can say is that it must be nice living in a dream world. I guess if W. can get into Yale anything is possible. ...
If I was making $20 million a year in winnings and endorsements, why would I stick around? I'm going to guess that she drops out by her third semester (1½ years). You heard it here first.
I think Michelle will get through Stanford as she so chooses. The courage she shows in setting her own goals is the attribute I most admire in her. She may choose to complete her work in three years or 10 years. It's her business, not ours.
By the way, anyone who thinks MW got a free pass through the Stanford admissions office has no knowledge of Stanford. These things may happen at Yale - not Stanford.
Way to go Michelle. Check off one goal!
December 22, 2006
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