Story written by Michael Dean
Mariah Stackhouse, the 22-year old Stanford graduate and a four year stalwart on the women’s golf team, is beginning a concerted effort to make it as a professional golfer on the LPGA Tour. Last week the Symetra Tour announced that the former All-American has received a sponsor exemption into five upcoming Symetra Tour events. Beginning this week she will play in the Decatur-Forsyth Classic, followed by the Sioux Falls Challenge, the Garden City Charity at Buffalo Dunes and at Southwind and will wrap up at the Symetra Tour Championship in October. She is also registered in Stage I Q-School to vie for a spot on the LPGA Tour that begins August 25-28 at Mission Hill CC.
Stackhouse is a past champion in the Bill Dickey Invitational, four-time GSGA (Georgia) Player of the Year, 2011 AJGA Rolex All-American, and 2014 Curtis Cup winning team member. She also made the winning point to give the Stanford Cardinal Women its first NCAA Golf Championship over Baylor in 2015.
Other Teebits: History was made a few weeks ago when two former BDSA Scholars teed it up in the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol CC in Springfield, N.J. The two golfers were Harold Varner III and Wyatt Worthington II. Varner is “representing” on the PGA Tour and is currently sitting in the 77th spot on the FedEx points list and has qualified to compete in the first of four events (The Barclay’s) leading to the FedEx Cup Championship at East Lake.
Worthington is one of four graduates of the PGA Management U. to earn a spot and the second African American (Tom Woodard 1991) to qualify through the PGA Professional Championship. Worthington finished sixth among the top 20 finishers who earned spots. Worthington has been working with young golfers over the years and continues to teach and play the game. Last year he missed a putt on the final hole that would have gotten him into the event. He had to go into a playoff for the final spots but lost.
Finally, if the name of Sierra Sims isn’t familiar to you, it is now because of her recent accomplishment. Sierra is currently entering her senior year at Wake Forest and will return as one of the top golfers on the team. Last week Sims competed in the USGA Women’s Amateur Championship along with another African American Kyra Cox of New York. It was her fourth time qualifying for the event. This year she needed a 66 during the second round of play to reach the round of 64 and Match Play where she met Sirene Blair of Utah. The two golfers battled throughout the day and the match was in Sierra’s hands early but Blair took over in the middle of the round and closed out Sims on #17, 2 and 1. Blair (even) had posted 68 strokes and Sims (+2) 70 through 17-holes. Cox didn’t get past stroke play.
On another note, Both Sierra and sister Mariana competed in the BDI. Sierra is a past champion (2010&12). Mariana recently graduated from Wake Forest with a degree in communications.