The 17-year-old from Riverdale, Ga. is the youngest African-American to qualify for a U.S. Women's Open. While she told me on Wednesday that she feels confident and ready to hold her own at The Broadmoor, she's showing signs of being slightly uncomfortable.
After a three-putt bogey on the 420-yard first hole, Stackhouse hit a beautiful pitch shot on the second hole but failed to convert the up-and-down by missing a two-footer for par. Stackhouse appeared to shake off her nerves on the par-5 third, when she chipped in for birdie, but proceeded to three-putt the par-3 fourth.
Stackhouse's father, Ken, is on her bag this week, and he says the altitude at The Broadmoor is another factor that has required acclimation.
"The tiny little mountains in North Carolina just don't compare," said Ken, who was surprised to see his daughter hit her 5-iron more than 200 yards during practice rounds.
Stackhouse's only other experience on the LPGA Tour was competing in the Mojo 6 in April, 2010. So while it's not surprising to see that her nerves are getting the best of her, the 44-time winner in the junior/amateur circuit should be able to bounce back sooner rather than later.