Mariah Stackhouse didn’t have the week she wanted in Daytona Beach. She did not break 70 a single round at LPGA qualifying school and finish the week tied for 21st, one shot out of being fully exempt.
Still, she has conditional status for 2017, which means she should be able to get into enough events to advance up the rookie ranks.
“I came into Q-School Stage III with one focus: to play the best I could and have faith that what God has for me is for me,” Stackhouse said afterward. “T-21 wasn’t my goal but the journey still begins. And for that I am thankful and motivated. I’m proud to have earned my LPGA Tour card and (to be able to) compete in 2017. I can’t express enough gratitude for my family, friends, team and everyone who has supported and wished me well along the way.”
Stackhouse becomes the eighth African-American even to play as a member on the LPGA Tour.