Women Take Third at WAC Golf Championships

The Univesity of Idaho finished in a tie for third place this afternoon with Fresno State in the Western Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championships. Idaho sophomore and northwest golf standout RENEE SKIDMORE finished tied for second overall in the individual standings, and was also voted the WAC Women's Golfer Of the Year for 2006.

Congratulations to University of Idaho sophomore Renee Skidmore of Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS) on an outstanding 2005-06 season and her impressive 2nd place finish in the WAC Tournament standings this afternoon, being named WAC Golfer of the Year for this season, and for earning a 1st Team All-Conference selection.

Senior Jennifer Tucker

Congratulations also to senior Jennifer Tucker of Casper, Wyoming (Natrona County HS) with her Top 10 finish in this week's WAC Tournament, finishing in a five-way tie for 8th with a final score of 233.

The Vandals (represented by Skidmore, Tucker, Kelly Nakashima of Wailuku, Hawai'i, Cassie Castleman of Portland, Ore., and Jill Phillips of Auburn, Wash.) battled back from 5th place going into the final day of competition, shooting the third best round of the day today as a team (312 combined score).

Skidmore, Nakashima (sophomore), and Castleman (junior) all return next season to defend and improve upon today's third place finish. Congratulations to the entire team on an outstanding season.

Below is a press release from the OFFICIAL University of Idaho website.

MORGAN HILL, Calif. – The University of Idaho women's golf team tied for third in its inaugural Western Athletic Conference Tournament, which concluded Wednesday at Coyote Creek Golf Club.

Vandal sophomore Renee Skidmore – the WAC Player of the Year, led the way with a 54-hole 228, which earned her a tie for second. She was just one stroke back of winner Jenelle Gomez of San Jose State. Senior Jennifer Tucker added another top-10 effort for UI with her eighth-place 233. Also for the Vandals, senior Jill Phillips tied for 18th at 238, sophomore Kelly Nakashima tied for 21st at 241, and junior Cassie Castleman tied for 29th at 246.

"We are happy," UI coach Brad Rickel said. "We had a bit of a comeback today. This is an extremely difficult golf course. The rough was brutal and the greens were hard and fast."

The Vandals were fifth going into the final round. They combined for a total 312 Wednesday to move into the third-place tie.

"All of my players fought hard," Rickel said. "They all contributed at least one round."

Host San Jose State won the team title with a three-day 922. New Mexico State was second at 931 and Fresno State tied with the Vandals for third. Nevada was fifth at 244, Hawai`i was sixth at 949 and Boise State was seventh at 950.

Team standings:

1. San Jose State 922
2. New Mexico State 931
T3. Idaho 939
T3. Fresno State 939
5. Nevada 944
6. Hawai`i 949
7. Boise State 950

TOP TEN Individual Final Standings:

1 Jenelle Gomez, San Jose State, 74, 76, 77, 227
T2 Renee Skidmore, Idaho, 74, 76, 78, 228
T2 Carmina Calle, San Jose State, 72, 78, 78, 228
T4 Melanie De Leon, Nevada, 74, 80, 75, 229
T4 Mandi Hedberg, Boise State, 77, 70, 82, 229
6 Lehua Wise, New Mexico State, 75, 81, 74, 230
7 Jennifer Shipley, Fresno State, 77, 78, 76, 231
T8 Jennifer Tucker, Idaho, 79, 77, 77, 233
T8 Nicole de Gennaro, Nevada, 77, 75, 81, 233
T8 Erica Moston, San Jose State, 77, 82, 74, 233
T8 Inah Park, New Mexico State, 74, 79, 80, 233
T8 Xyra Suyetsugu, Hawaii, 76, 76, 81, 233

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