May 20, 2009
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Freshman Nikki Koller carded a 1-over par total of 73 to help Arizona hold steady in 15th place at the 28th Annual NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships, Wednesday afternoon at the Caves Valley Golf Club.
Arizona trimmed five shots off its day one total to finish the second round of play with a team total of 305 and a two-day score of 615. The Wildcats are five shots behind Pepperdine and Michigan State, who share 13th place at 610, but are also only nine shots from catching LSU in 8th position overall. UCLA holds the team lead with a two-day score of 589.
Koller is one of a small group of players who managed to conquer the back nine of the course, shooting even par on the day. One day after the average score was just under 78, Koller kept her nerves over the set of nine holes that cost the Wildcats 15 strokes over par the previous day.
The Wildcat rookie took advantage of the 17th hole, statistically playing as the easiest hole on the course, while also firing a birdie on the par-4 10th hole. Koller had just one error on the front side, bogeying the 185-yard, par-3 8th hole after carding 7-straight pars to start her round.
Senior Amanda Wilson continued her steady play by shooting 77 on the day, matched by freshman teammate Margarita Ramos. Freshman Isabelle Boineau shot 6-over over her second round while sophomore Alejandra Llaneza was 7-over par to wrap up the team effort.
Maria Jose Uribe of UCLA shot a 6-under par round of 66 on Wednesday to claim the overall lead at 3-under for the tournament. Three players share second place at 1-under par, the only four players among the field of 126 to be under par after 36 holes.
Round three tees off for Arizona at 8:30 with Llaneza leading the way on the 1st tee. The Wildcats will be paired up with players from Pepperdine and Michigan State.