Altvater: Fadel, Stackhouse named golf Amateurs of Year in AmericaWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
Toledo native Alan Fadel has had a great career as an amateur golfer, but 2014 should stand out as one of his most memorable seasons.
Fadel won the 2014 Ohio Mid-Amateur Championship for the third time in June and qualified for both the U.S. Mid-Amateur and U.S. Senior Amateur. He won medalist honors after the first two rounds of stroke-play at the U.S. Senior Amateur and became the No. 1 seed in the match-play portion of the tournament.
In August, Fadel was inducted into the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame along with professional golfer John Cook, Don Nist and legendary amateur Frank Stranahan.
In its Dec. 1 edition, Global Golf Post named Fadel, along with Mariah Stackhouse from Stanford University, as the Amateurs of the Year in America.
“It’s great and I am honored to be recognized by Global Golf Post and want to thank them for this award,” Fadel said. “I have been blessed by meeting so many people over the years through golf and want to thank everyone responsible for the success of the Concession Cup.
“Golf venues, such as the Concession Cup and The First Tee, create a perfect atmosphere to enhance communication and allow young people to learn valuable life skills that will help them be successful later in their lives,” he added.
Stackhouse should be familiar to Toledo golf fans. She received a sponsor’s exemption for the Marathon Classic in July and was in the field at Highland Meadows Golf Club. She shot 71-73 for the first two rounds, but missed the 36-hole cut.
Stackhouse is currently a member of the Stanford University women’s golf team and was the only African-American in the 156-woman field for the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open at Sebonack.
She also became the first African-American woman to qualify for the Curtis Cup team earlier this year.
Stackhouse has been a golfing prodigy since the age of 6 and is a surefire prospect to find her way onto the LPGA Tour in a few years.
Fadel also actively works off the golf course to grow the game through introducing it to young people. He is president of the board for The First Tee of Lake Erie and is currently seeking funds necessary to create a state-of-the-art facility for The First Tee near Downtown Toledo.
The First Tee of Lake Erie currently serves over 10,000 area children and is committed to doubling that number.
Fadel was instrumental in the creation of the Concession Cup, a biennial event featuring a team of Mid-Amateurs, Seniors and Super-Seniors from the United States versus a team Great Britain & Ireland. As well as providing a world-class competition for these top amateurs, the Concession Cup raised over $500,000 for worthy charities.
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