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Mariah Stackhouse, Trey Kaahanui named American Junior Golf Association player representatives

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SOURCE: WorldGolf.com

Mariah Stackhouse of Riverdale, Ga., and Trey Kaahanui of Tempe, Ariz., have been chosen to serve as the 2011 player representatives on the American Junior Golf Association Board of Directors.

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.

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December 1, 2010 at 8:30 am

Another Tiger? Georgia teen tries to make her mark

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by Paul Newberry, Associated Press

mariahstackhouseWith a mouthful of braces and a yearning to get her driver’s license, Mariah Stackhouse comes across as the typical teenager.

Then she picks up a golf club.

That’s when she becomes the next black hope.

In a sport desperately lacking in African-Americans outside of Tiger Woods, Stackhouse certainly stands out. Having just turned 15, she’s already climbed as high as No. 29 in the American Junior Golf Association’s national female rankings and currently stands 33rd, making her the top-rated black player on either the girls or boys list.

“If I get an opportunity to play professional golf,” she said, “I’d definitely like to give that a try.”

Her rise to prominence provides a handy roadmap for African-Americans trying to reach the top levels of golf, but also reveals just how many obstacles there are along the way. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 5, 2009 at 7:16 am