Altvater: Marathon Classic adds Mariah Stackhouse, Caroline PowersWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
The Marathon Classic announced this week the addition of two sponsor’s exemptions to the field for next month’s LPGA Tour event.
Twenty-year-old Mariah Stackhouse was a member of the winning U.S. Curtis Cup Team that soundly defeated Great Britain/Ireland at St. Louis Country Club.
She is the first African-American to play in the Curtis Cup since its inception in 1932.
Stackhouse is a member of the Stanford University golf team and won First Team All PAC-12 honors this season. She has won four tournaments already in her short collegiate career.
She won the Peg Barnard Invitational last year and posted a 10-under-par 61 in the final round. In the process, she set a new Stanford Golf Course record and NCAA women’s record. In that round, Stackhouse shot a nine-under-par 26 on the front nine.
Local product Caroline Powers is from Bowling Green and is the most decorated woman golfer to ever come out of Michigan State University.
She has been playing this season on the Symetra Tour and in 11 starts has two top-10 finishes. She has only missed two cuts and posted a T-8 at the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic in March and finished T-4 at the Firekeepers Casino Hotel Championship in Battle Creek earlier this month.
She qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open in Pinehurst and is on her way to earn a full-time spot on the LPGA Tour next season.
Marathon Classic Tournament Director Judd Silverman made the announcement:
“We are delighted to have Mariah and Caroline in this year’s Marathon Classic field. Caroline is working hard to earn full time status on the LPGA Tour and this experience will benefit her in many ways. Mariah is one of the best women amateurs in the country with impeccable credentials both on and off the course. She has all the ability to be a great LPGA professional someday. I think people are really going to enjoy watching these talented young ladies as they compete against the greatest women golfers in the world at Highland Meadows.”
The Marathon Classic has a history of inviting deserving young amateurs and professionals to join the field of the tournament. Toledo-born Stacy Lewis played here when she was still a college student at Arkansas and now she is the No. 1 ranked women’s player in the world.
The Marathon Classic has been held in Toledo since 1984 and has donated over $8 million to local children’s charities.