Russellville Senior Nikki Koller Wins Second Straight Girls State Golf Title

Last year, Nikki Koller birdied her final hole to win the state golf tournament in dramatic fashion. This year, however, any drama ended well before the final hole.

Koller entered the final day of the Leachman Buick & GMC Girls State Golf Tournament in a five-way tie for second place, just two shots behind Franklin-Simpson's Kelsey Burrell. By day's end, Koller was hoisting her second straight championship trophy after a four-shot victory.

The Russellville senior blitzed not only the competition, but the course as well, shooting a four-under 32 on her back nine to seal the win. Koller's back nine began with birdie, eagle, par. She would later birdie the par-four 6th and had no bogeys through her final nine holes.

Central Hardin's Karisa Akin finished second, four strokes behind Koller. West Jessamine's Betsie Johnson and Caldwell County's Emma Talley tied for third at five-over par. Burrell, who had the lead at the turn, shot seven-over on the back nine, dropping into a tie for fifth with Greenwood's Emily Bachert and Notre Dame's Alex Carl.

West Jessamine won the overall team title by 17 strokes over Central Hardin. Glasgow, who entered the day just eight strokes off the lead, placed third. Russellville finished eighth while Russell County wound up tenth.


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