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Stackhouse shoots 67 for third state title

Special Photo / North Clayton senior Mariah Stackhouse shot a 5-under 67 at Bartram Trails Golf Club in Augusta on Monday to win her third Class AAAA individual title.

Special Photo / North Clayton senior Mariah Stackhouse shot a 5-under 67 at Bartram Trails Golf Club in Augusta on Monday to win her third Class AAAA individual title.

After not participating in the Class AAAA golf tournament last season, two-time winner Mariah Stackhouse wanted to make a statement in her return.

The North Clayton senior seized the moment, shooting a 5-under 67 for a four-shot victory at Bartram Trails Golf Club in Augusta and wrapping up her high school career with a third state title.

Stackhouse also won Class AAAA as a freshman (2009) and sophomore (2010).

“I knew I wanted to go out and win, and I also knew it was my senior year,” Stackhouse said, “so I wanted to shoot a lower number into the 60s and show everyone that I’ve improved.”

Stackhouse had three bogeys, but she made up for those with six birdies and an eagle on the par-5 No. 4.

It made for her largest margin of victory in the state tournament. Stackhouse shot a 71 as a freshman for a one-shot victory, and her 72 the next year gave her a two-stroke win.

“It feels good,” Stackhouse said. “Especially after having not been able to win last year. I wanted to come back and see if I could reclaim the title.”

Next on Stackhouse’s schedule — the Women’s Open Qualifier at Dunwoody Country Club on May 21.

Stackhouse qualified last year at Druid Hills Golf Club with a 146 two-day score, and drew national attention as the only African American women’s golfer in the Open field.