May 3, 2019
Faces of the NCGA–Mariah Stackhouse
This weekend’s annual LPGA Tour MEDIHEAL Championship is basically a homecoming for former Stanford star Mariah Stackhouse. Now a member of the LPGA Tour, Stackhouse was an All-American each of her years at ‘The Farm.’ The now 25-year-old helped the Cardinal win the NCAA title in 2015. Recently, NCGA correspondent Gary McCormick caught up with Stackhouse for a quick Q&A.
Q: After playing your college golf at Stanford, does it feel very familiar to come back to the Bay Area and play an LPGA event?
MS: Absolutely. I mean, I have a lot of friends that lived in the area, or stayed in the area. Coach is here, team’s here, I get to go out and use the practice facility earlier in the week; it’s definitely very much a home feeling.
Q: The U.S. Women’s Open is coming right across the lake here to the Olympic Club in 2021. It’s another kind of a home game for you. Are you looking forward to that?
MS: Yeah we actually played Olympic quite a bit. In qualifying, if we came into San Francisco that’s probably the one we played the most, so that was definitely a pretty cool announcement.
Q: What do you think the most important thing that could be done right now to women’s and girls’ participation in the game?
MS: You know, that’s such a big statement, I’m not sure that I’ve thought well enough about it to have an answer. I don’t like to say things just to say them. I mean, there’s a lot of things that could be done, I just don’t know that I’m going to say what.