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April 17, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State women’s golf team will play host to the annual Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational this weekend at the University Scarlet Course. First-round action begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, with second-round action to follow Saturday afternoon. The tournament will conclude Sunday with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. for the final round. An awards ceremony will take place immediately following the final round. Participating teams include: Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Kent State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State (Scarlet), Ohio State (Gray), Ohio, Purdue, Toledo, Wisconsin and Xavier.

NOTING THE LADY BUCKEYE SPRING INVITE
The 17th annual Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational features seven Big Ten schools (Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin). In addition, six schools from the state of Ohio will compete (Bowling Green, Kent State, Ohio State, Ohio, Toledo and Xavier). Six squads are ranked in the Top 50 of the April 15 Golfweek Poll, including No. 4 Ohio State, the highest-ranked team in the field. The Spartans from Michigan State are ranked 13th, while Purdue and Northwestern are ranked 21st and 31st, respectively. The Golden Flashes of Kent State hold the No. 34 spot while the Indiana Hoosiers rank 37th.

A LOOK AT THE COMPETITION
Five individuals are ranked in the Golfweek Top 50 individual poll, including Ohio State’s Mollie Fankhauser. Fankhauser, the Buckeye captain, is ranked 22nd in the nation. Michigan State’s Emily Bastel holds the highest ranking of those competing in the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational at No. 10. Spartan teammate Allison Fouch is ranked 43rd while Ashley Lowery of Ohio State is ranked 44th. Kent State’s Martina Gillen also makes the list at No. 46.

LAST YEAR AT THE LADY BUCKEYE
Ohio State shot a then-school record of 284 in the final round of the 2001 Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational to claim first place. The Buckeyes rebounded from a nine-stroke deficit to finish with a three-round mark of 899 (+35). Michigan State finished second by a stroke at 900 and Northwestern placed third with a score of 212. Ohio State’s Natalie Aber earned medalist honors, firing a 67 in the third round that forced a playoff round with Kent State’s Martina Gillen. Aber claimed the honors on the first playoff hole to claim her first career individual title.

LAST TIME OUT
The No. 5 Ohio State women’s golf team finished third with a composite score of 885 Sunday at the 2002 Bryan National Collegiate in Brown Summit, N.C. The fifth-annual tournament, hosted by Wake Forest and UNC Greensboro, was held at the Par 72 Park Champions Golf Course (5,997). The Buckeyes shot a 295 in the third round. No. 2 Duke finished first with a team score of 870 while Georgia placed second at 882.

Lowery paced the Buckeyes in a tie for third place individually, shooting a 215. Fankhauser placed 11th with a score of 222 while Kristen White finished tied for 15th.

Duke’s Viranda Nirapathpongporn birdied the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to take individual medalist honors, edging out Georgia’s Angela Jerman. Both players finished regular competition with scores of 211.

BIRDIES FOR WISHES
The Ohio State women’s golf team has teamed up with the National Golf Coaches Association to participate in the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Birdies for Wishes program, benefiting children who are terminally ill.

For every birdie recorded in competition by a Buckeye during the 2001-02 campaign, friends, family and fans may make pledges. Pledges of 25 cents, 50 cents, $1 or $5 per birdie will be accepted in addition to one-time contributions. At the end of the year, all contributions will be made to the Columbus chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the name of the Ohio State women’s golf team.

BETSY RAWLS LONGHORN CLASSIC
The Buckeyes finished in fourth place March 26 at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Classic, hosted by Texas at the Par 71 Barton Creek-Palmer Lakeside Course in Austin, Texas. Ohio State shot a 933 (+81) for the tournament, 13 strokes behind champion and second-ranked Duke. Third-ranked Texas nabbed runner-up honors (923), while Oklahoma took third (929).

Allison Hanna had a stellar tournament, finishing in a sixth-place tie with a 227 (+14). She fired a team-best 74 in the final round. Kristen White also had a fine showing, as she fired a 229 to tie for 10th place. Mollie Fankhauser, after struggling in the first two rounds, posted a 75 in the final round en route to a 20th-place 237 over three rounds. Ashley Lowery, competing as an individual, recorded a 241 to tie for 31st.

Natalie Aber finished 49th with a 248, while Lindsay Knowlton took 54th with a 249.

VERIZON ‘MO’MORIAL
Ohio State captured first place at the Verizon ‘Mo’Morial Invitational held March 4-5 at the Par 72 Briarcrest Country Club (6,100) in Bryan, Texas. The competition, hosted by Texas A&M University, was cut down to 36 holes.

All five Buckeyes finished in the Top 13 places individually. Fankhauser finished first with a score of 150 (+6). White finished in fourth place with a score of 153 (+9) while Aber finished 10th with a score of 156 (+12). Jennifer Borowiec and Hanna tied for 13th with scores of 158 (+14).

CENTRAL DISTRICT INVITATIONAL
OSU finished in a tie for second place at the Central District Invitational Feb. 26 at the Par 72 River Wilderness Country Club (6,109) in Parrish, Fla. The Buckeyes shot a team score of 895, tied with Big Ten foe Purdue.

The Michigan State Spartans had the top three finishers individually to win the tournament with a team score of 884. Stacy Snider finished first with a score of 216 (E).

Ohio State had team scores of 297 in the second round played late Monday and the final round held Tuesday. Aber was the highest finisher for the Buckeyes, shooting a 221 (+5) to tie for sixth place. White shot a 70 in the second round to finish tied for 10th with 224 (+8). Hanna also had a Top 20 finish, shooting a 226 in a tie for 19th place.

TRW REGIONAL CHALLENGE
The Buckeyes placed 16th after the final round of the TRW Regional Challenge Feb 13 at the Par 71 Palos Verdes Golf Club (5, 912) in Palos Verdes, Calif. Ohio State, who remained in 16th place through the tournament, shot a team score of 310 in the third round to finish with a score of 929.

Fankhauser was the highest finisher for OSU with a score of 228 (+15) in a tie for 26th place. White finished in a tie for 43rd with a score of 232 (+19) while Aber also had a Top 50 finish, shooting a 234 while competing as an individual. No. 2 Tulsa claimed first place honors with a team score of 870 (+18). Texas finished second (893) and Oklahoma State was third (900). After finishing second a year ago, Arizona’s Lorena Ochoa finished first individually with a score of 206 (-7).

LADY PALADIN INVITATIONAL
Ohio State started 2001-02 with a record of 60-10-1, competing in four tournaments during the fall season.

The Buckeyes tied for seventh place, posting a composite score of 920 (+56) Oct. 28 after the final round of the 31st Lady Paladin Invitational. Competition was held at the Par 72 Furman University Golf Course (5,984) in Greenville, S.C. The Buckeyes posted a third-round score of 302 to close the tournament.

Top-ranked Auburn claimed first-place honors with a team score of 893 (+29). The Tigers posted a 294 in the third round, the lowest score of the tournament. Reigning U.S. Amateur Champion Meredith Duncan of Louisiana State captured individual honors with a 216 (E).

Lowery tied for tenth place with a final score of 225 (+9). Fankhauser also finished in the Top 20 tied for 14th with a score of 227 (+11).

2001 FALL WRAP-UP
Ohio State started 2001-02 with a record of 60-10-1, competing in four tournaments during the fall season.

BIG TWELVE INVITATIONAL
The Buckeyes placed second with a team score of 923 (+59) at the Big Twelve Invitational held Oct. 1-2. The tournament was hosted on the Par 72 Karsten Creek Golf Course (6,024) by Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. The Cowboys shot a composite 908 (+44) to best the 16-team field.

Lowery finished tied in the fifth spot, compiling a score of 227 (+11) for her first top-five finish of the season. Fankhauser shot 232 (+16) and tied for 15th place while Hanna tied in the 19th position with a score of 234 (+18). Knowlton and Aber placed in the Top 30 with scores of 237 and 238, respectively.

NCAA FALL PREVIEW
OSU finished fourth at the rain shortened NCAA Fall Preview Sept. 26 held at the Par 72 Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Washington. The Buckeyes completed 36 holes of play with a score of 594 (+18), three strokes behind co-champions Auburn and Texas (591). Tulsa finished third (592).

Standing water on the greens postponed second-round and forced teams to complete competition Wednesday morning. Conditions worsened throughout the day, leading to the cancellation of the final round.

Aber and Fankhauser each shot 146 (+2) to tie for ninth place Knowlton shot 147 (+3), for a 14th-place finish. Arizona’s Lorena Ochoa earned the individual medallist honor with a score of 139 (-5).

MASON RUDOLPH CHAMPIONSHIP
The Buckeyes shot a single round, school record 278 Tuesday to claim its first title of the 2001-02 season, the inaugural Mason Rudolph Championship held Sept. 17-18 at the Par 72, Legends Club of Tennessee Ironhorse Course (6,223 yards).

OSU, four strokes behind host Vanderbilt entering the final round, finished 10-under-par and three under after 54 holes of play at 861, another team record. The Commodores shot just the opposite, 10 over, finishing 16 strokes behind the Buckeyes with 877.

Rounding out the top five were Furman (887), Alabama (899) and North Carolina (902).

Ohio State was propelled in the final 18 holes by Fankhauer who tied the OSU single-round record with a career low 67 (-5). Fankhauser finished fourth (215) behind Aber who shot a two-under-par 214. Knowlton completed her first collegiate tournament one over at 217, claiming fifth place. Furman’s Jennifer Perri (210) was the individual medallist, with a 6-under-par total of 210.

GET TO KNOW COACH HESSION
Therese Hession, the Ohio State women’s golf coach, has provided the spark necessary to revitalize the program. The former LPGA tour professional became the seventh head coach in the program’s history in 1991 and led the Buckeyes to a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten Championships. The following season, her team took the title and Hession received the Big Ten Coach of the Year Award. In the 1994-95 season, Ohio State placed second at the Big Ten Championships, advancing to the NCAA East Regionals. In 1996-97 Hession was voted 1997 Big Ten, Midwest District and National Coach of the Year. In addition to the 8th place NCAA finish, she helped lead the team to five first place finishes including the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Eastern Regional Championships.

A full-time professional golfer for 11 years, Hession competed in more than 250 LPGA tournaments. She was among the Top 150 in all-time LPGA career money-winners when she wrapped up her career in 1991. As a collegiate player for SMU, Hession led the Mustangs to a national championship in 1979, while earning All-America laurels. She graduated with honors, acquiring a Bachelors in business administration.

HESSION SIGNS TWO RECRUITS FOR 02-03
Ohio State women’s golf coach Therese Hession announced the signing of two recruits for the 2002-03 season. Brittany Adams from Huntington, W.V., and Allyson Harvie from Grass Valley, Calif., will continue their academic and athletic careers at Ohio State next fall.

Adams’ previous accomplishments include being a member of the 2000 boys golf team that won the West Virginia State High School AAA Championship. She was also the 1998 and 1999 West Virginia Junior Girls State Runner-up. Additionally, she was named the West Virginia Junior Player of the Year (boys and girls) and claimed the West Virginia Junior Girls Championship. Adams also won the Women’s State Amateur Championship, being the second youngest in its 78-year history.

At Bear Ricer High School, Harvie earned SFL (Sierra Foothill League) medalist honors in 54-of-56 matches played this season and was the SFL Most Valuable Player as a sophomore and a junior. She has been named to the SFL All-League Team four years running. Harvie also won the NCPGA Junior Championship this past summer.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes will compete in the Big Ten Championships April 26-28 in Champaign, Ill. The event will be hosted by Illinois.