Stanford,CA.– The 66-player field from across the world will be made up of the top girls in the Rolex AJGA Rankings in addition to sponsor invites. Now in its 13th year, former AJGA Girls Championship brings a storied history as it swaps coasts. The 54-hole tournament begins with an official Practice Round Thursday, September 2, continues with a 36-hole college format on Friday, September 3, and concludes with the final round on Saturday, September 4.
About the Host
Stackhouse joins fellow LPGA Tour players Annika Sorenstam, Alison Lee, Sung Hyun Park, Se Ri Pak, Stacy Lewis, Albane Valenzuela and Marina Alex, in lending her name to a top junior golf tournament in 2021. Stackhouse, the 2011 Player Representative to the AJGA Board of Directors, had an impressive junior career. The four-time AJGA champion earned Rolex Junior All-America honors three times, including a first team appearance in 2011. Stackhouse finished T2 in the 2011 edition of the event she now sponsors.
She went on to play for the Stanford Women’s Golf team from 2012 to 2016 and turned professional in 2017. She was named to the All-Pac-12 first team three times and recorded 24 top-10 finishes, including four individual wins. Stackhouse was also a four-time Stanford All-American who helped lead the Cardinal to the 2015 National Championship. In Stackhouse’s four years on the LPGA Tour, she has earned five top-10 finishes.
About The Mariah Stackhouse Girls Invitational Field
Representatives from nine foreign countries and 17 U.S. states (27 from California) are set to compete in one of the AJGA’s annual top girls fields, featuring 15 of the top-50 girls in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.
Of the 66 girls competing, 46 players have previously won an AJGA event. 12 players are currently verbal commits to playing college golf and 13 juniors are Rolex Junior All-Americans.
About the Course
The Mariah Stackhouse Girls Invitational will mark the fifth time Stanford Golf Course has hosted the AJGA. Previous events include the 1993 Canon Cup (now known as the Wyndham Cup), the 2019 Swinging Skirts AJGA Invitational, the 2020 AJGA Girls Invitational at Stanford, and the 2021 AJGA Junior All-Star at Stanford. Stanford Golf Course, designed by George C. Thomas and Billy Bell Jr., opened in 1930 and is owned and operated by Stanford University. In 2015,Golfweek rated Stanford the No. 6 college course in the country.
AJGA Champion Highlights
- Yunxuan (Michelle) Zhang of Plano, Texas, is No. 10 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. She is verbally committed to Southern Methodist University and a three-time Rolex Junior All-American. She has one AJGA victory this year coming at the Sergio and Angela Garcia Foundation Junior Championship.
- Kiara Romero of San Jose, California, is already a winner in 2021 winning the Polo Golf Junior Classic at Liberty National. At No. 22 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings she is a one-time Rolex Junior All-American and has eight career top-5 finishes.
- Gloria Nip of (Hong Kong) Port St. Lucie, Florida, is No. 29 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. The 2024 graduate already has one invitational victory in her resume which came at the 2021 KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star.
- Julia Misemer of Overland Park, Kansas won the 2021 UHY Kansas City Junior. At No. 31 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings Misemer has five career top-10 finishes. The 2022 graduate also was T2 at the 2021 Justin Thomas Junior Championship.
Formally AJGA Girls Championship at The Furman Golf Club(2009-2020)
Notable Past Champs
Casey Weidenfeld (2020)
Amanda Sambach (2019)
Karen Chung (2009,2010)
Low Round: Casey Weidenfeld 64(-8)
Low 54: Casey Weidenfeld 69-72-64—205 (-11)
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