July 5, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University rising senior women's golfer Katie Skinner (Boise, Idaho/Bishop Kelly) is traveling this summer as part of the NCAA All-Star Tour through Asia and provides her second update following the group's departure from the west coast last week.
Skinner and eight other college golfers from universities across the United States were selected to travel to Japan, China, Hong Kong and Korea to play in various corporate events. The tour lasts three weeks and they will also spend time sight-seeing in major cities such as Hong Kong and Seoul. The tour started on Wednesday, June 20 with a kick-off event in Los Angeles.
"We made time for some additional sightseeing in Tokyo before our trip to Nagano. We took the train to Kamakura, the sight of the famous Buddha statue. It was built more than seven centuries ago, and you could see the careful way construction of it by touring the inside. It was amazing and definitely an unforgettable highlight of the trip!
"Once we made our way up into the Japanese mountains again, we played three rounds at a course known as "Greengolf" in a small town called Sugadaira. Sugadaira is just outside of Nagano, and operates as a ski resort in the winter, and a golf destination during the summer months. It is actually the highest golf course in all of Japan, with an altitude reaching 7,000 feet above sea level at certain points on the course. The mountain views were spectacular, and you could see the ski runs carved out of the trees that are now being used for farming.
"Yesterday was a travel day, and we are now in Seoul, Korea! We are playing a total of three rounds here as well, and will be touring the city on Thursday. On Saturday it will already be time to leave for the final destination of our tour: Hong Kong. The trip has been amazing thus far, and I cannot believe how fast it is going by!
Skinner finished third on the team in stroke average at 79.44 last year, with her best finish a tie for 10th place at the Fighting Camel Classic.
The Hoyas open the 2012-13 season on Sunday, Sept. 9, competing in the Golfweek Preview, a showcase event in Pawleys Island, S.C. The three-day, 54-hole tournament runs through Tuesday, Sept. 11 and features 12 teams.