For Immediate Release For more information:
June 15 2016
Tom Maletis (503) 702-5000
Rob Neal (503) 432-1652
Reid Hutchins (503) 291-0109
Mariah Stackhouse LPGA Professional Debut Planned for Cambia Portland Classic
The Cambia Portland Classic Presented by JTBC announced today that Mariah Stackhouse has been selected to receive a sponsor’s exemptions into this year’s tournament scheduled for June 30-July 3 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Stackhouse’s Portland appearance is expected to be her first tournament as a professional. The exemption adds to an already remarkable few days for Stackhouse who turned professional, announced a global sponsorship agreement with KPMG, signed with Sterling Sports Management last week and attend Stanford graduation ceremony on Sunday to receive her degree in Communication.
“We are very impressed with Mariah’s achievements both in the classroom and on the course during her collegiate career and an exemption into the Portland Classic seems like the perfect graduation gift,” said Cambia Health Solutions President and CEO Mark Ganz.
“I am truly excited to be starting my professional career at the Cambia Portland Classic, a tournament with such a rich tradition” said Stackhouse. “I would like to thank Mr. Ganz and Mr. Maletis for giving me the opportunity to play, and look forward to making a positive impact on the tournament and the community.”
Stackhouse was the No. 19 ranked player in the world at the collegiate level for the NCAA Division I runner-up Stanford University Women’s Golf Team. She helped Stanford capture the 2015 NCAA Championship in dramatic fashion, coming from behind to win her decisive match in extra holes. In 2014, she was named the Global Golf Post Amateur of the Year and led the U.S. Curtis Cup Team to victory. A 4-time WGCA (Women’s Golf Coaches Association) All-American, Stackhouse won four collegiate championships.
“Mariah’s exciting, athletic style of play will make her a great addition to a field of the LPGA’s world-class players,” said Tom Maletis, President of tournament owner Tournament Golf Foundation. “We saw Brooke Henderson earn her LPGA status in Portland last year and look forward to seeing if Mariah can match that feat this year”
The 72-hole Cambia Portland Classic features a purse of $1.3 million and broadcast coverage on the Golf Channel for all four rounds that will be distribute to 170 countries. 2016 marks the 45th year of the LPGA in Portland, a history only matched by one other LPGA tournament. Brooke Henderson won the 2015 tournament by eight strokes for her first win on the LPGA Tour.
Tickets to the Cambia Portland Classic are available now at www.portlandclassic.com.
Tournament Golf Foundation is a local Portland area group of volunteers who donate their time and provide the primary operations for the annual event. Begun in 1972, the group is now comprised of more than 50 local individuals.