Mariah Stackhouse, Trey Kaahanui named American Junior Golf Association player representatives
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the AJGA is governed by a Board of Directors, which meets quarterly to discuss relevant topics concerning the state of the Association. Player representatives are the voice of the AJGA membership, which has exceeded 5,000 each year since 2006.
Stackhouse, a high school junior, has been playing in AJGA tournaments for the past four years and built a notable resume over that time by collecting 12 top-10 finishes. Because of her example on and off the course, Stackhouse has been chosen as the first African-American in this position. Already a role model from her playing career, she will now be given the opportunity to step into an even greater leadership position.
“It is something that represents my entire body of work,” Stackhouse said. “It lets other people see that I’ve worked very hard to get to this point, yet I was still humble about it and it’s nice to be recognized. I always looked up to the player representatives and thought it would be really cool. When Mr. Hamblin called and asked me, I considered it such a blessing.”
Stackhouse, 16, is currently ranked No. 19 in the Polo Golf Rankings and has claimed victories at the 2009 Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic and the 2010 AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T.
“I am excited to provide what goes on in the mind of juniors out there on the road,” Stackhouse said. “It is really going to be beneficial to learn how successful businesses are run and I think as player representatives we are able to play a big part of it.”
Standing beside Stackhouse will be Kaahanui, 16, who is a junior at McClintock High School and has been a member of the AJGA for the past four years, competing in 19 tournaments throughout his career. His junior highlights include victories at the 2010 PING Phoenix Junior and the 2008 Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic presented by Longbow Golf Club.
“Becoming a player representative means that I have the personality to relate with people,” Kaahanui said. “I’m not afraid to speak my mind and help out in any way I can.”
The 2008 Rolex Junior All-American was honored as the recipient of the Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award last year for his outstanding sportsmanship and positive attitude.
“It is going to be very maturing,” Kaahanui said. “I can take a lot from it and it’s getting me ready for the next step in life. I will be able to make more friends and learn some really good life lessons.”
About the American Junior Golf Association
The American Junior Golf Association (www.ajga.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 30 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.
Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA’s second Premier Partner.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 400 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.
Chris Richards, AJGA Communications Department
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