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April 24, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior golfer Kristen White (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) was named the 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year Sunday 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. She 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 (Sr., Toronto, Ontario/Havergal) were selected as first team all-confernce 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 (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) and Jennifer Selfinger (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Groveport Madison) 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 (South Lyon, Mich./Mercy) 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.

Ohio State returns to action with NCAA regional competition May 5-7. Teams and sites will be announced Monday.

2005 ALL-BIG TEN SELECTIONS
FIRST TEAM

Kristen White, Ohio State
Lindsay Knowlton, Ohio State
Myrte Eikenaar, Purdue
Brianna Broderick, Michigan
O. Sattayabanphot, Purdue
Laura Olin, Michigan

SECOND TEAM
Alice Kim, Northwestern
Dana Je, Ohio State
Whitney Frykman, Purdue
Ina Kim, Northwestern
Jennifer Selfinger, Ohio State
Ali Stinson, Michigan

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Whitney Frykman, Purdue
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kristen White, Ohio State
COACH OF THE YEAR: Therese Hession, Ohio State