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May 15, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The eighth-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team will compete in the 2005 NCAA Championships May 17-20 in Sunriver, Ore. The Buckeyes are making their 15th overall and ninth consecutive appearance in the event. The tournament consists of 72 holes, with the first 18 scheduled for 9 a.m. (noon EDT) Tuesday. The second round will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, with the third round slated for a 9 a.m. start Thursday. The final round will wrap up the event at 9 a.m. Friday. Live scoring will be available online at www.golfstat.com.

THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
1. Kristen White, Sr.
2. Lindsay Knowlton, Sr.
3. Dana Je, So.
4. Jennifer Selfinger, Jr.
5. Carling Coffing, Fr.

THE TEAMS
The field of 24 teams competing in the NCAA championships are (from the east regional): Ohio State, Duke, Furman, Pepperdine, Virginia, Tulane, Florida and Washington; (from the central regional): Auburn, Texas A&M, Missouri, Arizona State, Tulsa, Purdue, Michigan State and Arkansas; (from the west regional): UCLA, Tennessee, California, Southern California, Oklahoma State, California-Irvine, Brigham Young and Stanford.

In the latest Golfweek/Saragin performance index released May 8, Duke remains in the No. 1 spot, followed by second-ranked UCLA and third-ranked Auburn. Nineteen teams ranked in the Top 25 are set to compete for the national title.

BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State jumped from No. 10 to the No. 8 spot among nationally-ranked teams in the May 8 Golfweek/Saragin performance index. In the player rankings, Kristen White is ranked 10th and Lindsay Knowlton is 17th.

In the National Golf Coaches Association (NCGA) Coaches Poll released April 14, the Buckeyes are ranked 11th.

OSU AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio State is making its ninth consecutive and 15th overall appearance at the NCAA championships. The trip marks the 10th under head coach Therese Hession.

Ohio State’s best finish came in 2003 when the Buckeyes placed fourth at the championships held in West Lafayette Ind. The tournament was last held in Sunriver in 2000. That year, Ohio State tied for 20th place.

OHIO STATE AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS YEAR FINISH/TEAMS LOCATION 2004 8th/24 Auburn, Ala. 2003 4th/24 West Lafayette, Ind. 2002 8th/24 Auburn, Wash. 2001 22nd/24 Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. 2000 T20th/24 Sunriver, Ore. 1999 11th/19 Tulsa, Okla. 1998 12th/19 Madison, Wis. 1997 T8th/18 COLUMBUS, OHIO 1993 15th/17 Athens, Ga. 1989 17th/17 Stanford, Calif. 1988 17th/17 Las Cruces, N.M. 1985 13th/18 Cape Cod, Mass. 1984 12th/17 Tarpon Springs, Fla. 1983 14th/17 Athens, Ga.

WE’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE
Freshman Carling Coffing is the only member of the Buckeye lineup playing in her first NCAA championships. Seniors Lindsay Knowlton and Kristen White are both making their fourth appearance in the event. Junior Jennifer Selfinger and sophomore Dana Je are playing in their second tournament.

Kristen White YEAR FINISH/SCORE LOCATION 2004 T6th/287 Auburn, Ala. 2003 T6th/300 West Lafayette, Ind. 2002 T55th/300 Auburn, Wash.

Lindsay Knowlton YEAR FINISH/SCORE LOCATION 2004 T62nd/301 Auburn, Ala. 2003 T19th/303 West Lafayette, Ind. 2002 T60th/301 Auburn, Wash.

Jennifer Selfinger YEAR FINISH/SCORE LOCATION 2003 T55th/310 West Lafayette, Ind.

Dana Je YEAR FINISH/SCORE LOCATION 2004 T113th/313 Auburn, Ala.

THE 2004 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio State tallied a score of 1,187 to finish in eighth place at the 2004 NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes shot 296 in the final round of competition that lasted two days. The event was held at the par 72 Grand National Lake Course (6,216 yards) in Opelika, Ala., and hosted by Auburn University.

It marked the third consecutive year Ohio State finished in the Top 10 in the nation.

UCLA claimed the national team title, shooting four under 1,148. Oklahoma State finished second (1,151) while top-ranked Duke placed third (1,159).

California’s Sarah Huarte won individual medalist honors with 10 under 278. Karin Sjodin of Oklahoma State was the runner-up (279) and UCLA’s Susie Mathews placed third (280).

Ohio State then-junior Kristen White led the Buckeyes with a four-round total of 287 (-1) and tied for sixth place on the individual leaderboard. White fired a final-round mark of 68 (-4). Then-senior Allison Hanna closed her collegiate career with a mark of 289, including a 71 (-1) in her final round as a Buckeye. She finished 12th individually. Then-junior Lindsay Knowlton also tied for 62nd with a mark of 301.

WHITE, KNOWLTON PACE BUCKEYES
Senior Kristen White leads the team with a 73.4 stroke average and classmate Lindsay Knowlton is second with a 73.9 average. The duo is two of four Buckeyes that have competed in all 33 rounds of action this season. Knowlton won her first career tournament at the Lady Buckeye Invitational (April 17) and also finished second at the Big Ten championships (April 24). White’s best finish was at the Big Ten championships, where she earned medalist honors. Both White and Knowlton have four Top 5 finishes on the season.

DEFINITE DEPTH
Sophomore Dana Je and junior Jennifer Selfinger are the other two Buckeyes that have competed in every round. Selfinger and Je’s best showings also came at the 2005 Big Ten Championships (April 24), where Selfinger placed third and Je tied for fourth.

Rookie Carling Coffing returned to action in early March at the Lady Gator Invitational after missing the first two events of the spring season. Coffing’s best finish was 17th at the Lady Northern Invitational (Sept. 12), her first tournament as a collegiate golfer.

67 IS THE LOW
Seniors Lindsay Knowlton and Kristen White share the team-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) and tied for fifth.

MORE LOW SCORES
Ohio State’s team score of 856 at the NCAA east regional (May 7) set a school record for the lowest three-round team score. The lowest team score in a round is 280. Ohio State shot 280 in the second round of the east regional (May 6).

BEST IN FINAL ROUND
The Buckeyes are averaging a score of 297.6 in the final round this season. That is the best mark of the three rounds, compared to a 297.9 average in the first round and a 299.1 average in the second round. Buckeyes Kristen White and Dana Je also average lower scores in the final round.

FIRST AT EAST REGIONAL
Ohio State won the 2005 NCAA East Regional May 7 following the final round of the 21-team event in Gainesville, Fla. The Buckeyes posted a score of 291 on the last day to finish with a total of 856, setting a school record. The event was held at the par 70 University of Florida Golf Course (6,023 yards).

The previous school record was set in September 2001 when Ohio State shot 861 to win the Mason Rudolph Championships. Of note, Buckeye seniors Kristen White and Lindsay Knowlton were both freshmen on that team.

Ohio State finished the regional tournament with a six-stroke win over No. 1 Duke. The regional championship marks the second for the Ohio State women’s golf program. The Buckeyes also claimed the 1997 East Regional title in Bloomington, Ind. Ohio State ended Duke’s win streak at the NCAA east regional. The Blue Devils had won the tournament the past five years.

White and sophomore Dana Je each shot 72 in the final round and finished in a tie for ninth place on the individual leaderboard with a score of 214. Knowlton fired even par 70 in the final round and finished with a total of 217 to tie for 10th place. Freshman Carling Coffing also posted a Top 20 finish with a score of 221.

Ohio State’s score of 280 in the second round also marked the lowest round by the Buckeyes this season. The previous best was 285 in the final round of The Landfall Tradition in October. The score was two strokes shy of the school record. The team single round record is 278, set by the 2001-02 Buckeyes at the Mason Rudolph Championships.

2005 BIG TEN CHAMPIONS
Ohio State won its fourth consecutive Big Ten championship April 24 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The final round was cancelled because of snow accumulation on the golf course and the tournament was shortened to 54 holes. The Buckeyes, who finished with a mark of 900, won the team title by 32 strokes. The event was held at the par 72 University of Michigan Golf Course (5,966 yards).

Ohio State senior Kristen White claimed medalist honors and captured her first individual crown of the season, finishing with a 54-hole total of 222. Teammate Lindsay Knowlton placed second on the individual leaderboard with a mark of 225 and Jennifer Selfinger finished third with a score of 226. Additionally, Dana Je tied for fourth place with a total of 227.

Ohio State claimed its 11th Big Ten title since the conference began sponsoring championships for women during the 1981-82 season. Four consecutive wins also sets a league record. Ohio State tied the record last season with its third-consecutive win. White also is the ninth medalist winner for the Buckeye program in the 24-year history of the championships.

CONFERENCE HONORS
Senior Kristen White was named the 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year April 24 at the Big Ten championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. White claimed medalist honors at the event and captured her first individual crown of the season, finishing with a 54-hole total of 222. It is the second time in her career she has been named Big Ten player of the year. She also won the award in 2002 as a sophomore. White is the program’s first two-time player of the year.

White helped the Buckeyes to their fourth-consecutive conference championship over the weekend. Ohio State finished with a total score of 900, a 32-stroke win over second place Michigan.

Additionally, White and fellow senior Lindsay Knowlton were selected as first team all-conference honorees. It is the fourth All-Big Ten selection for White, the most by any Ohio State women’s golfer, and the third honor for Knowlton.

Teammates Dana Je and Jennifer Selfinger were named to second team, marking the first honor for each. Four All-Big Ten honorees is the most the women’s golf program has had in one year.

Ohio State head coach Therese Hession, currently in her 14th season, was named the 2005 Big Ten Coach of the Year. Hession earned her seventh Big Ten championship and was dubbed coach of the year for the sixth time of her career.

Buckeye junior Erin Borowiec also is Ohio State’s recipient of the Big Ten sportsmanship award, given to the individual who has distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior.

KNOWLTON’S FIRST
The Big Ten Conference announced April 20 that Ohio State senior golfer Lindsay Knowlton has been named the Big Ten golfer of the week. Knowlton won her first career tournament at the Lady Buckeye Invitational. The event marked her final competitive outing on the OSU Scarlet Course.

Knowlton, who was then ranked 19th in the nation by Golfweek/Sagarin, posted rounds of 73-73-68 to finish with a final score of 214 (-2) at the event. That score tied the course record, held by teammate Kristen White (2002) and former Buckeye Bethany Overstake (1998). Knowlton helped Ohio State to a second-place finish at the Lady Buckeye Invitational, including a tournament-low score of 288 in the final round.

The award was the first career honor for Knowlton.

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 was 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 NGCA 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.

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.