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Feb. 28, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 12th-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team will head south to compete in the 33rd annual Suntrust Lady Gator Invitational March 4-6. The event will be held at the par 70 University of Florida Golf Course (5,773 yards) in Gainesville, Fla. First-round action will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, March 4. The second round will continue at 8 a.m. March 5 and the final round is slated for an 8 a.m. shotgun start March 6. Live scoring and complete results can be found at www.golfstat.com.

THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
1. Kristen White
2. Lindsay Knowlton
3. Dana Je
4. Carling Coffing
5. Jennifer Selfinger

A LOOK AT THE COMPETITION
The field of 18 teams competing in the Lady Gator Invitational includes: Arkansas, Auburn, Central Florida, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Furman, Georgia, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest.

First-ranked Duke headlines the Lady Gator field this year. According to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, nine of the 18 teams are ranked in the Top 25. Besides the Blue Devils, Auburn is ranked third, followed by Georgia at No. 6, Tulane at No. 11 and the Buckeyes at No. 12. Florida, Arkansas, Furman and Wake Forest are ranked 15th through 18th, respectively.

NOTING THE LADY GATOR
The lowest individual round recorded during the 32-year history of the Lady Gator Invitational was set by Julie Boros of Georgia in 1998. Boros, who also holds the record for the lowest 54-round total in the event (207), shot two rounds of 66 that year. The 1998 Bulldogs share the lowest team mark with the 1996 Auburn squad. Both teams posted scores of 282.

Of note, the lowest round by any Buckeye who is returning to the event this year is senior Kristen White. She tallied 73 during the second round of the 2003 Lady Gator Invitational.

THE EVENT LAST YEAR
The then-sixth-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team finished in second place March 9, 2004 at the Lady Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. The Buckeyes posted a final-round score of 303 and finished competition with a mark of 911. Duke won the tournament, which was held at the par 70 University of Florida Golf Course, with a score of 878.

Senior Allison Hanna placed fifth for the Buckeyes with a score of 221. Hanna shot a final-round score of 74 and finished five strokes out of first. Then-junior Kristen White posted a score of 228 and tied for 12th. Lindsay Knowlton shot 234 and tied for 26th place while Dana Je tied for 35th with a score of 236. Allyson Harvie tied for 43rd with a mark of 238 and Jennifer Selfinger shot 245 to tie for 69th place as an unattached individual.

Duke’s Brittany Lang claimed medalist honors with a mark of 216.

LAST TIME OUT
The then-eighth-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team finished seventh Feb. 22 at the Central District Invitational. The Buckeyes posted a final-round score of 302 and finished with a total of 915. The event was held at the par 72 River Wilderness Golf Club (6,099 yards) in Parrish, Fla.

Ohio State senior Kristen White tied for ninth place with a score of 221 (+5) to pace the Buckeyes. Teammate Lindsay Knowlton tied for 26th with a mark of 227 and Dana Je tied for 30th with a score of 229.

Missouri claimed the team title, shooting 879. Stacey Lewis of Arkansas and Michigan’s Amy Schmucker tied for medalist honors, posting scores of 216 (E).

BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Seniors Kristen White and Lindsay Knowlton are both ranked among the Top 25 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin poll. White currently is ranked 14th and Knowlton sits in the 22nd spot.

WHITE, KNOWLTON PACE BUCKEYES
After six events, seniors Kristen White and Lindsay Knowlton lead the Buckeyes with stroke averages of 73.4 and 73.8, respectively. The duo are two of four Buckeyes that have competed in all 18 rounds of action this season. Knowlton recorded two third-place finishes during the fall at the Mercedes-Benz Championships (Oct. 10) and The Landfall Tradition (Oct. 31). White’s best finish also is a third-place showing at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in early February. Sophomore Dana Je and junior Jennifer Selfinger are the other two Buckeyes that have competed in 18 rounds. Je’s best finish was sixth at the Mercedes-Benz Championships and Selfinger tied for sixth at the Lady Northern Invitational (Sept. 12).

TOPS IN CENTRAL REGION
The Buckeyes continue to sit in the top spot in the Central Region rankings. Oklahoma State, Missouri, Texas and Arkansas are ranked in the second through fifth spots, respectively.

67 IS THE LOW
Seniors Lindsay Knowlton and Kristen White share the season-best for the lowest round of the season. Knowlton shot a career-best 67 in the final round of The Landfall Tradition (Oct. 31) to place third in the event. White posted a round of 67 on the first day of the NCAA Fall Preview (Sept. 20).

MORE LOW SCORES
Ohio State’s team score of 874 at the Mercedes-Benz Championships (Oct. 8-10) is the season-best mark in a tournament for the Buckeyes this season. The lowest team score in a round is 285. Ohio State shot 285 in the final round of The Landfall Tradition (Oct. 31), the final tournament of the fall season.

BEST IN FINAL ROUND
The Buckeyes are averaging a score of 295.8 in the final round this season. That is the best mark of the three rounds, compared to a 297.6 average in the first round and a 300.2 average in the second round. Buckeyes Kristen White, Dana He and Jennifer Selfinger also average lower scores in the final round.

WHITE EARNS FIRST BIG TEN GOLFER OF THE WEEK AWARD
The Big Ten Conference announced that Ohio State senior golfer Kristen White earned the league’s first honor of the 2005 season. White finished third at the 10th annual Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge Feb. 7-9 in Palos Verdes, Calif.

White posted rounds of 76-73-71 to finish with a final score of 220 (+7) at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. She helped the Buckeyes to an eighth-place finish in their first tournament of the spring season.

The award is the fourth career honor for White, who last earned the award in February of last year.

THE FALL … IN BRIEF
The Buckeyes posted a record of 49-11-1 in the four tournaments on the fall schedule. Ohio State started the season with a second-place finish at the Lady Northern Invitational held in Ann Arbor, Mich., site of the 2005 Big Ten Championships. The squad then headed west for the NCAA Fall Preview and finished ninth among 21 teams invited to play in the event in Sunriver, Ore., where the NCAA championships will be held in May. The Buckeyes claimed their first team title of the season with a first-place finish at the Mercedes-Benz Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. Ohio State rounded out the fall schedule at The Landfall Tradition, where the squad tied for third place.

HESSION INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME
Therese Hession, head coach of the Ohio State women’s golf team, was inducted into the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Hall of Fame Jan. 11 at the annual conference in New Orleans, La. Hession, who was nominated by fellow coach Jill Briles-Hinton of Florida, was among four honorees.

Dana Dormann (San Jose State) and Renee Heiken Slone (Illinois) were also inducted into the NGCA Hall of Fame. Former Washington women’s coach Edean Ihlanfeldt was the recipient of the Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award. Currently, there are 38 coaching members and 46 player members of the NGCA Hall of Fame.

KNOWLTON REPRESENTS CANADA
Ohio State senior golfer Lindsay Knowlton helped Team Canada tie for second place with a final score of 570 (-6) Oct. 20-23 at the Women’s World Amateur Championship in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The Canadian squad posted a final-round score of 145 and tied for second with the United States.

Knowlton tied for 50th place on the individual leaderboard that boasted over 140 of the best amateur players from around the world. She posted a round of 78 on the final day.

2006 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS SET
The Ohio State University will serve as the host institution for the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships in 2006. The event will be played on the par 72 University Scarlet Course (6,201 yards) in Columbus.

The Scarlet Course has played host to tournaments such as the Rolex Fall Preview, Big Ten championships and NCAA championships. The venue played host to the men’s championships a record 10 times. In 1997, the women’s championships were played in Columbus for a third time. The site also played host to the women’s east regional in 2000 and, most recently, the 2002 Men’s NCAA Championships.

Golf Digest has rated the Ohio State Scarlet Golf Course among the best collegiate facilities in the country.

2005 FALL PREVIEW CANCELLED
The 2005 NCAA Fall Preview, held annually at the site of the NCAA championships, will not be held this year, Ohio State Athletics Director Andy Geiger has announced. The Buckeyes will play host to the 2006 championships on their University Scarlet Course, which is scheduled to undergo renovations over the next few months.

HESSION INKS 05-06 BUCKEYES
Therese Hession has announced the signing of three recruits to national letters of intent for next season. Stephanie Connelly (Pasadena, Md./The Pendelton School), Jessica Hauser (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) and Jennifer Cassidy (Daltor, Ga./Baylor School) will represent the Buckeye freshman class of 2005-06.

Connelly is a two-time POLO/AJGA Junior All-American and has won three Maryland High School state titles. As junior golfer, she has nine AJGA Top 5 finishes, including a first-place finish at the 2003 AJGA Taylor-Made Adidas at Bentwood event. Connelly, who tallied a 72.6 stroke average for her high school career, also has four PGA junior series wins and was named the 2001 PGA Junior Player of the Year. Additionally, she is a two-time Baltimore women’s amateur champion and a two-time Maryland state junior girls champion.

Hauser is a three-time captain and most valuable player at Arrowhead High School. She is a four-time all-conference selection and a three-time all-state honoree. Hauser helped Arrowhead to a state championship in 2004 and was runner-up in the state tournament the past two years. Hauser also was named the 2004 Wisconsin Player of the Year.

Cassidy was a two-time GHSA all-state selection at Dalton High School. After taking her junior year off, Cassidy returned to the course and was a TSSA all-state selection as a senior while competing for Baylor School. She has recorded five AJGA Top 10 and one Top 5 finish. Cassidy has 37.26 nine-hole average and her lowest round in 18 holes of competition was a 66.

19th HOLE
Ohio State returns to action March 25-27 at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga.