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Feb. 7, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The seventh-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team will open the spring portion of the 2004-05 schedule Feb. 7-9 at the 10th annual Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. The event, hosted by Ohio State, will be held at the par 71 Palos Verdes Golf Club (5,912 yards). The first round is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. (noon EST) Monday. The second round also is set to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday and the final round with begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday with a shotgun start. Live scoring will be available online at golfstat.com and ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

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

In addition to the five Buckeyes in the starting lineup for head coach Therese Hession, senior Emily Kuhfeld and juniors Erin Borowiec and Allyson Harvie also will compete in the event as individuals.

A LOOK AT THE COMPETITION
The field of 15 teams competing in the 10th annual Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge inlcudes: Arizona, Arizona State, Duke, Florida, Michigan State, New Mexico, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Stanford, Southern California, Texas, UCLA, UNLV and Washington.

All 15 squads are ranked among the Top 40 in the polls and 13 stand in the Top 25. The Blue Devils currently are ranked at No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Poll released following fall competition. The Bruins claimed the 2004 NCAA team championship a year ago and are ranked in the No. 2 position. Washington is ranked fourth, followed by Arizona State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Pepperdine in the sixth through ninth spots, respectively. BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Senior Lindsay Knowlton has reached the highest ranking of her collegiate career at No. 11 in the most recent individual poll. Teammate Kristen White currently is ranked 23rd. In addition, teammtes Dana Je and Jennifer Selfinger also rank in the Top 100. Je is ranked 63rd and Selfinger ranks 96th.

The Buckeyes are in good company in the collegiate rankings. The Top 4 individuals in the Golfweek/Sagarin poll will be participating in the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. Oklahoma State’s Karin Sjodin is ranked at No. 1, followed by Arizona State freshman Louise Stahle. Blue Devils Elizabeth Janangelo and Brittany Lang follow in third and fourth, respectively.

THE EVENT LAST YEAR
The then-11th-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team finished third last year at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, shooting a score of 914 (+62). The Buckeyes tallied a final-round mark of 302, their lowest round of the tournament. The event was at the par 71 Palos Verdes Golf Club (5,912 yards) in Palos Verdes, Calif. Ohio State’s third-place finish was the highest in the nine-year history of the event. The 2001 Buckeye squad finished eighth.

Ohio State’s Kristen White tied for fourth place individually with a score of 221 (+8). Allison Hanna shot a team-best one-under 70 in the final round and jumped 22 spots to tie for seventh, finishing with a mark of 223 (+10). Lindsay Knowlton tied for 32nd (232), Allyson Harvie tied for 47th (238) and Jennifer Selfinger tied for 75th (253). Jennifer Borowiec tied for 77th (254) while competing as an individual.

UCLA took home top honors with a score of 896 (+24). Bruins Charlotte Mayorkas and Susie Mathews claimed first and second place on the individual leaderboard. Mayorkas led the tournament, shooting six-under 207. Mathews posted a score of 217 (+2).

KNOWLTON LEADS BUCKEYES
After four events and 12 rounds of competition during the fall season, Lindsay Knowlton leads the Buckeyes with a 72.5 stroke average. The senior from Toronto, Ontario, posted a career-low round of 67 in the third round of The Landfall Tradition in October. Knowlton tied for third at the event and also finished in third place on the individual leaderboard at the Mercedes-Benz Challenge, where the Buckeyes took home the team title. She also posted Top 20 finishes at the Lady Northern Invitational (T11th) and the NCAA Fall Preview (T14th).

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.

Hession is in her 14th year at the helm of the Buckeye women’s golf program. She has led the Buckeyes to six Big Ten championships and nine appearances in the national championships, including the last eight consecutive years. Hession, a five-time Big Ten coach of the year honoree, was the 1997 National Coach of the Year. In 2003, she led the Buckeyes to a school-best fourth-place finish at the NCAA championships.

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 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 NCAA has announced 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 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 past NCAA championships. The venue played host to the men’s championships a record 10 times. In 1997, the Women’s Championship was played in Columbus for a third time. The site also played host to the Women’s 2000 East Regional and the 2002 Men’s Golf NCAA Championships.

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

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 Feb. 21-22 at the Central District Invitational in Parris, Fla.