Mariah Stackhouse is getting closer and closer. It seems only a matter of time before she finds her way into a final group on Sunday. It could happen this week at Thornberry Creek.
After a 66 on Thursday, the second-year professional handed in a 67 on Friday and is tied for third through 36.
"Today's round was really consistent," said Stackhouse. "I didn't really get off to a crazy hot start, but it was solid. I had a birdie early in the round that just kind of gets you comfortable, let's you know that you're going to roll some putts in that day."
Stackhouse made four birdies and an eagle on the reachable par-5 15th hole. She drained an 11-foot putt. Three holes later, she put an exclamation point on the round with a birdie on 18.
"On the back nine in particular there were a couple that just slid by that were great putts, so to finish like that definitely puts a good feeling in me," said Stackhouse. "Hopefully tomorrow I get a couple more of those to fall."
Stackhouse appears very comfortable around Thornberry Creek. She finished in a tie for eighth last year.
It's not just Thornberry Creek though. She's becoming more comfortable and consistent on a weekly basis. She has two top 10 finishes this year and has made the cut in nine of her last ten starts.
"I feel comfortable scoring and that is something I've acquired over the last few months," explained the former Stanford All-American. "I'm getting really comfortable seeing those red numbers. I'm going from 2-under to 6-under and that is making a big difference."
She's 27-under in six career rounds at Thornberry Creek. The weekend should be fun for Stackhouse.