Skinner to swing her golf club at UGA

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CUMMING, Ga. — West Forsyth High senior Isabella Skinner has beaten the odds — twice.

The young golfer’s most notable achievement was during the 2012 Carolinas-Georgia Junior Championship when she hit two holes-in-one in the final round.

Skinner hopes to help the University of Georgia win a NCAA golf championship one day. That could happen soon.

The 18-year-old Cumming native just signed a letter of intent to play golf for UGA.

Growing up in the Polo Fields, golf has always been a part of Skinner’s life.

“I started playing at 6 years old,” she said. “My dad used to bring me to watch him play, and then I started playing.”

Skinner took the sport seriously from a young age, playing in competitions and working with a pro to hone her talent.

Her hard work has paid off.

Currently ranked sixth in Georgia, Skinner’s record is impressive.

As a sophomore, she was the runner up in the 2011 Georgia AAAAA state tournament and placed third in the same tournament in 2012.

She won the Hurricane Junior Golf tour six times in two years, as well as the 2012 Chateau Elan Junior Shootout and the 2013 Athens Junior Shootout.

In both 2012 and 2013, Skinner also received medals in the Upstate Junior Classic and the College Prep Series. Then came those two holes-in-one in the final round of the 2012 Carolinas-Georgia Junior Championship on holes No. 3 and 11.

Skinner said she is excited about playing for UGA.

“My focus now is college golf,” she said. “I’d love to see the team win the NCAA championship.”

Her golf pro, Chan Reeves, thinks with preparation over the summer, Skinner will be ready for UGA.

“She’s going to work hard this summer, and I know she’ll do well,” Reeves said.

Skinner said she hopes to continue with the sport professionally after college.

“But I’m also thinking about a broadcasting career and am leaning toward that major in college,” Skinner said.

FH 05-07-14