Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Koller Performs Well at Amateur
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 07, 2008
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Aug. 7, 2008


EUGENE, Ore. -- Incoming freshman Nikki Koller advanced to the round of 32 before falling in the USGA Women's Amateur Championship at the Eugene Country Club on Thursday.

The Lewisburg, Ky. native shot 72 and 76 on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, to advance to the round of 64. Koller defeated Natalie Sheary, a sophomore at Wake Forest University, 5 & 4 in her first round match on Wednesday.

Koller fell behind 4 & 3 in today's match against Amanda Blumenherst of Duke University.

In a USGA amateur Championship, there are two days of stroke play qualifying to determine exactly the 64 players who will make it to match play. The "Match Play Tree" is then established - much like a tennis tournament or NCAA basketball - and players are seeded according to how they played during stroke play.

Koller inked her National Letter of Intent to attend Arizona during the early signing period in November. Along with her success this week, her credentials include winning the Kentucky high school state championship two years in row.

Notes: Another incoming freshman, Isabelle Boineau, recently took over the No. 1 ranking for amateurs in France.