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Stackhouse A Natural Born Leader

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI | Little things make leaders. The right words at the right time, a smile, a confident walk, a magnetism that draws others to your side: all intangibles that inspire and all particles in the mist of leadership.
Ellen Port, captain of the U.S. Curtis Cup team and one of the most accomplished amateur woman players of the past 30 years, watched quietly during her team’s initial practice sessions, hoping to find that natural leader, the one player that others gravitated toward; the one who bonded with everyone while commanding respect; the player Port knew she could rely on when the pressure cooker of international team competition heated up.
She didn’t have to look far.
“One of the reasons Mariah (Stackhouse) is on this team – and her golf is fabulous – but her passion, her poise and her ability to articulate and lead at the right time are extraordinary,” Port said of the Stanford standout and first African-American woman to play in the Curtis Cup. “The bond here is really special and Mariah is a big part of that. It frees you up, because if there is any tension, it does have an effect.” Stackhouse was leading long before she arrived in St. Louis, in some ways without knowing it. USGA president Tom O’Toole can take credit for former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flying in to speak at the flag raising ceremony but Stackhouse, whom Rice personally recruited to Stanford, made it happen.


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