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Oct. 7, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 8 Ohio State women’s golf team (25-9-0) will participate in the 2004 Mercedes-Benz Championships Friday through Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn. The event will be held at the par 71 Cherokee Country Club (5,932 yards). First-round action is scheduled to begin with an 8:30 a.m. start Friday. The second round is slated for 8:30 a.m. Saturday and the final round will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Sunday. Live scoring and results will be available online at www.golfstat.com.

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

THE FIELD
The field of 17 squads scheduled to compete in the Mercedes-Benz Championships are Big Ten rivals Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue, as well as the Buckeyes. Other schools who will be participating are Alabama, Arkansas, James Madison, Kent State, Kentucky, Louisiana State, the Swedish Junior National Team, Tennessee, Tulane, Tulsa, UNC Wilmington and Virginia.

At No. 8, Ohio State is the highest of seven ranked teams competing in the Mercedes-Benz Championships, according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index Poll. Purdue is next at No. 11, followed by No. 18 Michigan State, No. 20 Louisiana State, No. 21 Tennessee, No. 24 Arkansas and No. 25 Tulsa.

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Alabama’s Megan George is the highest ranked player in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index released Sept. 28. Myrte Eikenaar of Purdue comes in at No. 11, followed by Buckeye senior Kristen White at No. 13. Michelle Jarman of UNC Wilmington is ranked 14th and Arkansas’ Stacy Lewis is 16th. Notably, Ohio State’s Lindsay Knowlton currently is ranked 42nd. LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes shot 293 (+9) Sept. 22 in the final round of the 2004 NCAA Preview in Sunriver, Ore. Ohio State finished in ninth place with a score of 887 (+35) in the event, held at the par 71 Meadows Golf Course at Sunriver Resort (6,312 yards), site of the 2005 NCAA Championships.

Ohio State senior Kristen White tied for fifth individually with a mark of 214 (+1). Teammate Lindsay Knowlton led the Buckeyes on the final day with a round of 70 (-1) to finish in a tie for 14th place at 217 (+4). Jennifer Selfinger and Dana Je tied for 66th place with a final score of 228 (+15). Freshman Carling Coffing finished 84th with a mark of 232 (+19).

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS
The Buckeyes won their first tournament title of the 2003-04 season last year at the 2003 Mercedes-Benz Championships. Ohio State posted a final-round of 296 to edge out Oklahoma State by one stroke. The squad finished the event with a three-round total of 884.

Allison Hanna, who graduated from Ohio State in June 2004, tied for first after three-rounds and defeated Arkansas’ Courtney Mahon in a playoff to earn medalist honors. She finished the tournament with a three-round total of 217. Teammate Lindsay Knowlton tied for seventh with a three-round total of 220. Kristen White had a Top 20 finish with a mark of 223 to tie for 17th place on the individual leaderboard.

The event last year was held at the par 72, 6,201-yard Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn.

KNOWLTON TO REPRESENT CANADA
Ohio State senior golfer Lindsay Knowlton has been selected to represent Team Canada that will compete in the 17th Women’s World Amateur Championship Oct. 20-23 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Team Canada, named by the Canadian Ladies Golf Association (CLGA), will be one of a record 51 nations contesting for the Espirto Santo Trophy at the Rio Mar Country Club.

Knowlton is a two-time All-Big Ten selection for the Buckeyes and has competed in three NCAA championships. She also was Ohio State’s female recipient of the 2004 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award and is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.

Knowlton is a member of the 2004 CLGA National Amateur Team and placed fifth at the Royale Cup National Women’s Amateur Championship this summer. She also was runner-up at the 2004 Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship.

The Women’s World Amateur Team Championship is played every two years. Canada’s best finishes came in 1966 and 1978, both times in second place. From 1964 to 1972, Canada managed five consecutive fifth-place finishes. Canada finished tied for 12th place in 2002.

The event is conducted by the International Golf Federation, which comprises national governing bodies of golf in 100 countries.

TUNE IN
The NGCA has teamed up with The Golf Channel to present the first nationally-televised weekly show highlighting college golf. College Golf Central will be hosted by Jennifer Mills and airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday nights on The Golf Channel.

The NGCA bi-weekly Coaches Polls – official polls of Division I, II and II of the NGCA and exclusive poll of College Central – will be unveiled during the broadcast. The first NGCA Coaches Poll is slated to be released Sept. 22.

2006 CHAMPIONSHIPS IN COLUMBUS
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.