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Tiger Woods Tiger Turns Pro  What did Eldrick “Tiger” Woods (left) 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

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