Stanford's Stackhouse earns exemption into LPGA event

Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse has received a sponsor's exemption into the LPGA's Marathon Classic, as announced Wednesday. The event is slated for July 17-20 at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio.

Stackhouse was a key player on the United States Curtis Cup team in St. Louis, winning three points to lead the United States to a lopsided victory over Great Britain and Ireland last weekend.

Stackhouse also became the first African-American to play in the Curtis Cup matches since the inception of the event in 1932.

Stackhouse, a junior this fall, has won four tournaments in her first two collegiate seasons, including the 2012 Peg Barnard Invitational where she shot an NCAA-record 61 in the final round.

"We are delighted to have Mariah in this year's Marathon Classic field," said tournament director Judd Silverman. "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."

This year's Marathon Classic will include notable LPGA stars Stacy Lewis and 2014 LPGA winners Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson and Stanford graduate Michelle Wie.

The Stanford men's golf team, meanwhile, announced its awards this week for the 2013-14 season.

Patrick Rodgers was named the Most Valuable Player; Cameron Wilson received the Tradition Award (leadership, strong work ethic, academic excellence and an overall appreciation of University and program); freshman Maverick McNealy was named the Most Improved Player in addition to receiving the Steele Award for lowest freshman stroke average (72.54); and Dominick Francks received the Spooney Award (most tenacity and never-give-up attitude).

Wilson and Rodgers will make their professional debuts this week at the Travelers Championship beginning Thursday at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut.

Rodgers won six college tournaments this year and the Jack Nicholas award as the nation's top college player. Wilson won this year's NCAA individual title. Both are hoping to earn their PGA Tour cards this summer playing with sponsor exemptions.


Kicker Jake Bailey, a senior-to-be at Santa Fe Christian School in Solana Beach, became the latest member of Stanford football's class of 2015 when he gave the Cardinal his verbal commitment on Tuesday.

Center Brian Chaffin announced his commitment to Stanford on Monday. Others to commit include defensive tackle Rex Manu and linebackers Arrington Farrar and Christian Folau.

Bailey is rated the 26th best placekicker by Chris Sailer Kicking.

"Jake is an outstanding kicker-punter combo prospect," Sailer said. "A great athlete with a big time leg. Field goals shows great potential off the ground. Kickoffs are a strength. Punting may be his best skill. He has a great attitude and work ethic."

— Stanford Athletics


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