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April 17, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio– The 10th-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team shot a tournament-low 288 in the final round to finish second Sunday at the 25th Lady Buckeye Invitational. Senior Lindsay Knowlton (Toronto, Ontartio/Havergal), who was playing for the final time competitively on her home course, won her first career collegiate tournament, shooting two-under 214. The event was held at the par 73 OSU Scarlet Course (6,201 yards) in Columbus.

Knowlton shot a round of 68 (-4) on the final day of competition to finish at two-under. She also tied the course record held by teammate Kristen White (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) and former Buckeye Bethany Overstake. White tied the record in 2002 and Overstake set the mark in 1998.

“It feels amazing,” Knowlton said. “I feel like I have been close a lot of times. It’s just one of those things – you have to learn how to win. It takes a lot of perseverance to get through at the end. I have learned a lot in the other tournaments and it feels really great to get over that hump.”

White posted a final-round mark of 70 (-2) to finish in a tie for sixth place on the individual leaderboard with a score of 223. Junior Jennifer Selfinger (Columbus, Ohio/Groveport Madison) tallied a 74 in the final round and tied for 16th place with a mark of 229.

“I was really proud of our team finishing up with a great round,” Therese Hession, Ohio State head coach, said. “They really learned a good lesson this weekend and hopefully that will springboard them into the rest of the season.”

In addition, Knowlton, White and Emily Kuhfeld (Carmel, Ind./Cathedral) played their final round of competitive golf on the Scarlet Course.

“I have played Scarlet so many times you would think I would have mastered it,” Knowlton said. “But you always find something different that you have never seen before. It was so incredible to finish like that. It was really fun.”

“Lindsay played really well the whole tournament,” Hession said. “I am really proud of her. These seniors have set a lot of records. They have done a lot in their time and have been trend-setters for the program.”

The Buckeyes will seek their fourth-consecutive Big Ten title at the conference championships April 22-24 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

TEAM STANDINGS (PAR 72) RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL 1. Michigan State 293 295 298 886 2. OHIO STATE 299 308 288 895 3. Iowa 305 298 300 903 4. Kent State 310 296 303 909 5. Purdue 310 299 305 914 6. Northwestern 305 306 307 918 7. Western Michigan 306 302 312 920 8. Notre Dame 317 302 308 927 9. Toledo 315 304 322 941 T10. Penn State 320 314 321 955 T10. Ohio 324 311 329 955 12. Eastern Michigan 327 322 316 965 13. Indiana 319 330 321 970 14. Marshall 329 318 331 978 15. Bowling Green 338 328 323 989

OHIO STATE INDIVIDUALS RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL 1. Lindsay Knowlton 73 73 68 214 T6. Kristen White 74 79 70 223 T16. Jennifer Selfinger 77 78 74 229 T26. Dana Je 75 79 77 231 35. Carling Coffing 81 78 76 235 T37. Brittany Adams 80 82 76 238 T37. Emily Kuhfeld * 80 79 79 238 90. Erin Borowiec * 89 86 91 266

*competing as an individual