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Powers gets Marathon Classic exemption

TOLEDO — Bowling Green’s Caroline Powers, a former Michigan State All-America performer and current member of the Symetra Tour, will play in July’s Marathon Classic with a sponsor’s exemption for the second consecutive year.

Also joining the field for the July 17-20 Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania will be Mariah Stackhouse, who recently helped the United States beat Great Britain/Ireland in the Curtis Cup.

The 23-year-old Powers, who is playing in the U.S. Women’s Open, has two top-10 finishes this season on the Symetra Tour. She missed the cut in last year’s Marathon Classic.

Stackhouse, 20, is a junior at Stanford. She has won four collegiate tournaments, including the 2012 Peg Barnard Invitational, where she shot an NCAA-record 61 in the final round. This year, she became the first African-American to play in the Curtis Cup since the event’s inception in 1932.

“We are delighted to have Mariah and Caroline in this year’s Marathon Classic field,” tournament director Judd Silverman said.

“Caroline is working hard to earn full-time status on the LPGA Tour and this experience will benefit her in many ways. Mariah is one of the best women amateurs in the country with impeccable credentials both on and off the course. She has all the ability to be a great LPGA professional someday.”

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