Stackhouse Kaahanui named AJGA player representatives

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BRASELTON, Ga. – 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.

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.

“It is something that represents my entire body of work,” Stackhouse said. “It lets other people see that I’ve worked very hard to get to this point, yet I was still humble about it and it’s nice to be recognized. I always looked up to the player representatives.”

Stackhouse, 16, is currently ranked No. 19 in the Polo Golf Rankings and has claimed victories at the 2009 Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic and the 2010 AJGA Junior at Steelwood.

“I am excited to provide what goes on in the mind of juniors out there on the road,” Stackhouse said. “It is really going to be beneficial to learn how successful businesses are run and I think as player representatives we are able to play a big part of it.”

Standing beside Stackhouse will be Kaahanui, 16, who is a junior at McClintock High School and has been a member of the AJGA for the past four years, competing in 19 tournaments throughout his career. His junior highlights include victories at the 2010 Ping Phoenix Junior and the 2008 Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic.

“Becoming a player representative means that I have the personality to relate with people,” Kaahanui said. “I’m not afraid to speak my mind and help out in any way I can.”

Kaahanui, a 2008 Rolex Junior All-American, was honored as the recipient of the Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award last year for his outstanding sportsmanship and positive attitude.

“It is going to be very maturing,” Kaahanui said. “I can take a lot from it and it’s getting me ready for the next step in life. I will be able to make more friends and learn some really good life lessons.”