STANFORD, Calif. – Sophomore women’s golfer 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.
"Making the Curtis Cup Team is the biggest and most exciting accomplishment of my career so far," Stackhouse said. "I feel humbled and honored to represent the USA on the biggest stage in amateur golf. I've gotten to know the ladies on this team over the years and they are all amazing golfers. It will be rewarding to compete alongside them for our country and build even better friendships."
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.
Stackhouse is also the first African-American player to be named to the USA Curtis Cup Team.
“This year’s USA Curtis Cup team is very strong,” said Anne Walker, Stanford’s Margot and Mitch Milias Director of Women’s Golf. “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. The session for prospective players was conducted Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas.
Stackhouse took medalist honors at the UC Irvine Invitational earlier this spring, earning an exemption 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 seven top-10 showings this season.