Koller Cards 69, Cats Jump to 7th Place

Feb. 23, 2009

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PUERTO PENASCO, Sonora, Mexico – University of Arizona freshman Nikki Koller matched Arizona State’s Carlota Ciganda with a 3-under 69 to card the low rounds of the day at the 2009 Wildcat Invitational, hosted by the University of Arizona at the Peninsula Golf Club.

Koller hit what was arguably the shot of the day as she holed-out on the par-4, 345-yard 11th hole to card one of three eagles out of the entire field on the day.

She also had the most dramatic turnaround from the opening round of the tournament, needing just 21 putts to trim 10 shots off her 1st round total of 79 to jump into a share of 16th place at 4-over par with teammate Alejandra Llaneza and four others. Llaneza shot 1-over 73 to help Arizona vault to 7th place overall with a team total of 293 and 604 overall.

“The weather could not have been better today and provided ideal scoring conditions,” said Arizona head coach Shelly Haywood, noting that the standard afternoon winds remained calm and allowed for lower scores. “We got off to a really fast start and were able to keep it up and play well on the final holes.”

Margarita Ramos dropped her opening round score by three shots to finish day two at 3-over 75 and 9-over 153 for the tournament. Isabelle Boineau (76) and Brittany Benvenuto (77) are each 12-over for the tournament at 156.

First round team leader UCLA lost five strokes off its opening day lead, but still sits three strokes ahead of Arizona State at 6-over 582. USC sits in third place at 589 while Pepperdine (590) and Oklahoma State (592) round out the top five.

Individual leader Juliana Murcia of Arizona State shot 3-over 75 and now shares the lead with Pia Halbig of California at 2-under par. Ciganda, Jodi Ewart of New Mexico and Stephanie Kono of UCLA are all one shot back at 143 while Lizette Salas of USC and Caroline Hedwall of Oklahoma State are both even par after 36 holes.

The final round of the tournament begins on Tuesday, February 24 with a shotgun start sending the field out at 8 a.m. (MST) Complete results for all rounds can be found on the Golfstat website at http://www.golfstat.com.

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