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University of Idaho sophomore RENEE SKIDMORE, this year's WAC Golfer of the Year and a First Team All-WAC selection, is currently tied for 14th after the first round of the NCAA Regional Championships taking place at Washington National Golf Course in Auburn (Wash). VandalVenue.com's Larry Johnson was on hand and submits a photo gallery of today's action.


Renee Skidmore shot a 1-over 73 on the first day of competition.

University of Idaho sophomore golfer Renee Skidmore, a graduate of Cascade High School of Everett (WA), qualified last month for the NCAA Western Regional Championships currently taking place this week (Thursday through Saturday) at the challenging Washington National Golf Course in Auburn (Wash). Renee is one of just three at-large golfers to qualify for this event after finishing as the #2 individual golfer (finishing just one stroke out of first place) at the WAC Championships last month and leading the Vandals to a third place finish. She is the only at-large golfer from the WAC to qualify this year. The Western Athletic Conference is represented by teams from San Jose State University and New Mexico State University, which finished first and second at the WAC Championships.

After the first round of competition Thursday afternoon, Skidmore finished the day tied for 14th with a 1-over par 73, and is currently tied with eight other golfers heading into Friday's second round. Washington National is a particularly tough course, and it took its toll on the field of 108 golfers Thursday afternoon.

Skidmore has been one of the top regional golfers since joining the Idaho program in 2004, and has dominated Conference competition each of the last two years (Idaho competed in the Big West in 2004-05). In addition to her impressive successes this season, last year she was named the Big West Conference Champion and an NCAA Regional qualifier as just a freshman. During the season she shot a career-low 69 in the second round of the Big West Championship, finished the season ranked No. 1 in par 3 scoring average, set the UI lowest stroke average record (74.41), and ended the 2004-05 season ranked fourth in NCAA scoring average for freshmen and 34th overall.

In amateur competition last year she was selected by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association as the Women's Golfer of the Year (2004), advanced to the match-play phase of the 2005 U.S. Amateur Tournament (reaching the round of 64), and advanced to the round of 32 at the USGA Women's Public Links Tournament after finishing as the co-medalist in the qualifying tournament.

All of us at VandalVenue salute Renee this season, and wish her the best of luck heading into the final two days of competition.


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Renee Skidmore and head coach Brad Rickel discuss strategy.



















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