Aug. 3, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former golfer Kristen White will soon join the ranks as one of the greatest Buckeye athletes when she is inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame the weekend of Sept. 9 and 10.
White, the seventh women’s golfer to be inducted, will be joined by Didi Albrecht (rowing), Raj Bhavsar (men’s gymnastics), Mitch Clark (wrestling), Katy Craig (women’s track and field), Mike Doss (football), Jessica Marshall (pistol), Orlando Pace (football), Leo Raskowski (football), Stacey Roth (softball) and Bobby Watkins (football).
The 11-member class will be officially inducted during a ceremonial dinner Sept. 9, before being introduced to the public at halftime of the Ohio State football game against Toledo Sept. 10.
A three-time All-American for the Buckeyes, White was the only Buckeye to be a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year (2003, 2005) and a four-time First Team All-Big Ten honoree. Competing for the Scarlet and Gray from 2002-2005, White helped Ohio State to secure four-consecutive Big Ten titles (2002-2005) and a finish in the Top 10 of the NCAA tournament all four years.
In her rookie season, White became the fifth Buckeye to earn Big Ten Freshman of Year accolades, before going on to secure medalist honors at the Lady Buckeye Invitational after shooting a course-record 66 in the second round as a sophomore. During her senior campaign, White captured the Big Ten medalist title to lead Ohio State to a conference tournament crown in 2005.
Off the course, White remains the only Buckeye to clench four NGCA Academic All-American honors in addition to being a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and four-time Scholar-Athlete. In 2006, she earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing.
“This is without a doubt the greatest achievement I’ve had the honor to accept, and I am extremely grateful and proud,” White said. “To be associated with such a first class institution, to have made so many meaningful relationships during my time at Ohio State, and the fact that all of my hard work as a member of the women’s golf team has been recognized by the athletic department to this degree is just a dream come true.
The hall of fame was created in 1977 and has since inducted 255 men and 91 women through 2010.