Mariah Stackhouse

LPGA Tour Player

  • Role at LPGA

    LPGA Tour Player

  • Year Joined the LPGA 2017
  • College:

    Stanford University

  • Who introduced you to golf and when did you start playing?

    My dad introduced me to golf when I was 2. I started competing when I was 6.

  • Why did you decide to make golf your career?

    I fell in love with the game at a young age. I grew to appreciate the individual nature of the sport; golf requires accountability and self-motivation. It challenges me every day and offers repeated opportunities for creative and technical growth. As a self-proclaimed nerd, I love that with golf, I’m always a student. Always learning. (The foodie in me also loves traveling around the world and experiencing authentic cuisines.)

  • Why do you recommend golf to more women and girls?

    In addition to being a fun time with friends and family, learning golf is empowering. It shows confidence to show up and enjoy a space that is often unexpected for women to be present in larger numbers. Golf belongs to everyone, and we’re a part of that everyone.

  • How can golf be more welcoming to black women and girls?

    I believe inclusion is both a top-down and bottom-up initiative simultaneously. Far too many courses have no women present outside of office management. Ensuring that golf course staff (i.e., pro shop, teaching, maintenance) include women can go a long way in eliminating the “all-male” feel that has long been the standard in these spaces. From the consumer side, encouraging those that already play to actively invite women and girls in their life to accompany them to the course, gift them with lessons, and spend time with them on the range are some small gestures that can serve as a catalyst for interest in this great game.

  • Advice to your younger self?

    Be all of yourself; don’t hide. This game is going to take you far.

  • Who would be in your dream foursome?

    Me, Serena Williams, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Barack Obama. (And since it’s my dream, we’re going to make it a fivesome that includes Rihanna.)

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