Stanford's Stackhouse named to Curtis Cup golf team


Stanford sophomore Mariah Stackhouse has been named to the United States' Curtis Cup team, as announced Thursday by the United States Golf Association. The 2014 Curtis Cup Match will be held June 6-8 at St. Louis Country Club.

Stackhouse will make the 22nd Curtis Cup appearance by a Cardinal player, and the first since Sally Watson in 2011. She is the first American player from Stanford to compete in the international event since Hilary Homeyer and Stephanie Keever both did so in 2000.

"This year's USA Curtis Cup team is very strong," said Anne Walker, Stanford's head coach. "There are 10 United States female amateurs ranked inside the top 18 in the world, which I am sure made this team announcement extremely difficult for the International Selection Committee.

"We are very proud of Mariah and her continued level of excellent play throughout the season. She will be a tremendous representative for the United States squad and undoubtedly one of their best team players, as she is for the Stanford women's golf team."

The Curtis Cup Match is contested by two teams of female amateur players, one from the United States and one from Great Britain and Ireland (England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). The USGA's International Team Selection Committee selects the USA Team, while the Ladies Golf Union selects the Great Britain and Ireland Team.

The United States has not lost on home soil since 1986 when it fell, 13-5, at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. It has won five of six Matches since then, the only exception being 1994, when the teams tied 9-9 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. As the Great Britain and Ireland Team had won the previous Match, it retained custody of the Curtis Cup.

Tabbed sixth in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, Stackhouse was one of 14 players invited earlier this year to participate in a practice session for the Curtis Cup.

Stackhouse took medalist honors at the UC Irvine Invitational earlier this spring, earning an exception into the Kia Classic in the process. She declined an invitation to the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship because of a conflict with a college tournament.

Stackhouse, a veteran of two U.S. Women's Opens, will compete in the San Diego State Farms Invitational on March 24-26 for Stanford and then tee it up at the Kia Classic on March 27. The native of Riverdale, Ga., will get a practice round on the Saturday before the tournament.

Stackhouse has four career collegiate wins and seventh top-10 showings this season.

Men's basketball

Dwight Powell has been named the 2014 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, league officials announced Thursday during the quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas.

In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution.

The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are also factored into the voting for the award.

A Science, Technology & Society major, Powell sports a 3.05 GPA and will graduate in June.

Powell, who last year was named the Pac-12's Most Improved Player, was tabbed an All-Pac-12 First Team honoree on Monday for the second straight season.

Men's gymnastics

Stanford's Akash Modi was named the College Gymnastics Association National Gymnast of the Week for the fourth time this season, as announced by the organization Thursday.

The national award is the fourth of Modi's collegiate career. He received his fourth Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week award earlier this week.

Modi recorded four top-two finishes in four events to help Stanford post a season-best team score of 446.450. He finished first on parallel bars (15.650) and tied for second on pommel horse (15.350), vault (15.350) and high bar (15.100).

Modi's scores on pommel horse, vault and high bar are collegiate personal bests.

Modi is ranked in the top 20 in the nation in each event and is first in the all-around with an 88.867 four-score average. His season average of 89.487 is more than 1.3 points higher than any other gymnast in the country.

Stanford will have the next two weeks off before heading to Norman, Okla., for the MPSF Championships on March 29.

— Stanford Athletics


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