Oct. 3, 2002
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 8 Ohio State women’s golf team will head to Chapel Hill, N.C. to compete in the 2002 Franklin Street Trust Tar Heel Invitational Oct. 4-6. The tournament will be held at the par 72 Finley Golf Course (6,181 yards) and will be hosted by the University of North Carolina. First-round play begins at 9 a.m. Friday with the second round continuing at 9 a.m. Saturday. The final round will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. Results will be available on TarHeelBlue.com.
NOTING THE TAR HEEL INVITATIONAL
The Tar Heel Invitational will feature 15 teams including 2001 national champion Duke, Florida State, Furman, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, South Florida, Tulane, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington and Wake Forest. The Blue Devils claimed the tournament title in 2001 and Duke’s Kristina Engstrom also claimed individual honors (218).
THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
1. Allison Hanna
2. Kristen White
3. Lindsay Knowlton
4. Brittany Adams
5. Sara Walker
6. Jennifer Borowiec (individual)
A LOOK AT THE COMPETITION
Oklahoma State, who traveled with the Buckeyes to compete in the Topy Cup earlier this season, has earned the No. 1 spot in the Golfweek Poll for Sept. 30. The Cowgirls also have two athletes ranked in the Top Ten in freshman Karin Sjodin (No. 3) and Annie Thurman (No. 7). Fifth-ranked Duke, will be looking to defend their title at the Tar Heel Invitational from a year ago. Kristin Engstrom is ranked 26th individually for the Blue Devils while defending national champion Virada Nirapathpongporn also will figure into the mix. Ohio State is the third-highest ranked team competing in the Tar Heel Invitational. Florida State, South Florida, North Carolina, Tulane and North Carolina State rank in the Top 25. Furman’s Brandi Jackson, North Carolina’s Ashley Prange and Kristy McPherson of South Carolina are ranked in the Top 25 individually.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State moved from the No. 9 spot to No. 8 after a third-place finish at the Mason Rudolph Championships. Individually, Hanna is the lone Buckeye ranked in the Top 25 at No. 24. White is ranked 43rd while Knowlton is No. 76.
OSU TIES FOR THIRD AT MASON RUDOLPH CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio State finished tied for third with a score of 902 (303-303-296) at the second annual Mason Rudolph Championships Sept. 23-24. The event was held at the par 72 Legends Club of Tennessee (6,276 yards) and hosted by Vanderbilt University.
The Commodores recorded a 291 in the final round to claim a victory (878) over second-place Arizona (887). Vanderbilt’s Courtney Wood also won individual honors with a score of 214 (77-68-69).
Ohio State sophomore Kristen White and junior Allison Hanna tied for fifth place with scores of 222. Lindsay Knowlton tied for 19th (228) while Brittany Adams tied for 37th (233). Jennifer Borowiec finished 44th (235) and newcomer Mary Ann Plunkett tied for 55th (239), competing as an individual.
FOUR NEW EVENTS
Ohio State will compete in four new events in 2002-03 and will return to six tournaments the squad played in a year ago. New events include the Topy Cup in Tokyo, Japan and the Tar Heel Invitational (hosted by North Carolina) during the fall season. In the Spring, the Buckeyes will copmete at the Lady Gator Invitational (Florida) and Liz Murphey College Classic (Georgia).
Juniors Allison Hanna and Jennifer Borowiec will serve as Buckeye co-captains in 2002-03. Hanna is a two-year letterwinner at Ohio State and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2001. Borowiec is a one-year letter winner and was given the Buckeye Power Club Award last year for displaying excellence and leadership in the weight room.
RECAPPING LAST SEASON
The women’s golf team continued to build one of the premier programs in the nation, earning its school-record sixth-consecutive berth in the NCAA championships. Ohio State won three tournament titles (Mason Rudolph Championships, Verizon “Mo”Morial and the Big Ten championships) and two individual medalsit honors while competing in 13 tournaments. Big Ten freshman of the year Kristen White posed the second-lowest stroke average (76.2) for a freshman in school history. The squad began its season in record-setting fashion at the Mason Rudolph Championships, setting a tournament-low 861 and a single round low 297. Ohio State won the Big Ten championships and named four players to the All-Big Ten team. The Buckeyes tied for second place at the NCAA central regional and went on to finish eighth at the NCAA championships.
GET TO KNOW COACH HESSION
Therese Hession, the Ohio State women’s golf coach, has provided the spark necessary to revital ize the program. The former LPGA tour professional became the seventh head coach in the program’s history in 1991, leading 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, her finest season as a Buckeye, Hession was voted Big Ten, Midwest District and National coach of the year, steering the team to an 8th-place NCAA finish and five first-place finishes, including the Big Ten tournament and the NCAA Eastern Regional Championship.
In 2001-02, Hession’s Buckeyes captured the Big Ten Championship and made an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in Auburn, Wash. Hession was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the third time as the head coach at Ohio State.
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 bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Ohio State ends the fall season with the Tar Heel Invitational. The squad will open the spring schedule in Palos Verdes, Calif. at the Regional Challenge, hosted by the Buckeyes. The tournament will be held Feb. 10-12.