Stanford Today Edition: November/December, 1996 Section: Sports WWW: Sports News


Sports News

Tiger Turns Pro What did Eldrick "Tiger" Woods do during his summer vacation? He made history. In August, he won his third consecutive U.S. Amateur Golf Championship - a first since the event's inception 101 years ago. His dazzling performance at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club near Portland, Oregon, marked the end of his amateur career. Within days of his triumph, Woods joined the Pro Tour in Milwaukee, where he earned $2,544 - his first professional prize. Within a few weeks, Woods won nearly $300,000 and his first victory as a pro at the Las Vegas Invitational. But all that's mere pocket change compared with the $40 million-plus he will earn from endorsement deals signed with Nike and Titleist. Woods, who would have begun his junior year at Stanford in September, promised his parents and himself that he'll come back and get his degree some day. For now, however, the textbooks will have to take a back seat to the record books.

Tennis Goes World Class Tennis facilities are being expanded in a $5.2 million project due to be completed in February. The Taube Family Tennis Stadium will provide a doubled seating capacity of 2,500, a championship indoor court, plus office and seminar space. The Tad Taube family's $2.5 million lead gift complemented contributions from more than 400 individual donors. With the use of temporary seating and the conversion of the stadium to a single court for championship play, there will be some 4,500 seats. Stanford will host the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships in 1997. "We want to give back to the community by bringing other major events, such as early Davis Cup rounds and World Team Tennis," said Dick Gould, men's head coach.

W-hoop-ing It Up Coach Tara VanDerveer is back, but coaches Amy Tucker and Marianne Stanley and their incredibly talented team didn't miss a beat during VanDerveer's one-year Olympic leave. And 10 players from the 1995 NCAA championship semifinalist team, including all starters, have returned to join VanDerveer in another run toward a national title. (Stanley is coaching women's basketball at Cal.) Even in VanDerveer's absence the Cardinal women reached the Final Four for the fifth time in the 1990s (one of only three teams to do so). They won the seventh Pac-10 championship in eight years; and set a record of 29-3 (18-0 in conference play). In Stanford's five Final Four appearances, the team has won two national titles. VanDerveer's time off was well spent. She led the USA Women's National Team to an undefeated year of international play. Their crowning glory was a gold medal in Atlanta. The 1996 Cardinal women got a well-earned lagniappe during the fall - a five-game overseas trip, which the NCAA permits once every four years. In 1992, it was to France. This time, the team went to Italy. Both trips were funded by a devoted - but anonymous - Stanford supporter.

Women's Tennis Gets Lift The upgraded stadium will not hurt for local talent. Three stellar frosh are joining Coach Frank Brennan's women's tennis team. Lilia Osterloh, from Columbus, Ohio, is the No. 1 ranked junior in the world, and was the Wimbledon Junior doubles champion. At the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival in Colorado, Teryn Ashley, from Chestnut Hill, Mass., was a gold medal winner in doubles, and ranked No. 12 nationwide in 18-and-under. Anne Kremer, from Luxembourg, is her nation's No. 1 ranked woman, and is rated No. 140 worldwide. She was her country's flag-bearer at the Olympic Games in Atlanta. Stanford women finished second in the NCAA championships this spring, and the men won the national crown.

Parking Lot Paved For the first time, Stanford Stadium's closest parking lot has been paved and landscaped. Of the 400 spaces at the Stadium's south end, 293 are reserved for handicapped parking. The project includes the entire area between Chuck Taylor Grove and the intramural fields and the area around Sunken Diamond. A major feature of the landscaping includes several dozen mature oaks. The huge eucalyptus trees all were saved and incorporated into the design. ST