May 17, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fifth-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team will compete in the 2004 NCAA Championships May 18-21 in Auburn, Ala. The Buckeyes, who are making their eighth-consecutive appearance in the event, are one of 24 teams who will battle for the national title. The tournament will be held at Auburn’s par 72 Grand National Lake Course. Competition begins at 8 a.m. each day, beginning with the first round Tuesday. Live scoring will be available online at ohiostatebuckeyes.com as well as golfstat.com. Complete results and further information also will be available at auburntigers.com.
THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
1. Allison Hanna, Sr.
2. Kristen White, Jr.
3. Lindsay Knowlton, Jr.
4. Allyson Harvie, So.
5. Dana Je, Fr.
OSU IN THE RANKINGS
After placing sixth at the NCAA West Reigonal, the Buckeyes slipped from fourth to fifth place in the polls, according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performace Index. Ohio State remains the highest-ranked school from the central district and follow No. 1 Duke, No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 California and No. 4 Vanderbilt in the polls.
In the individual rankings, Buckeye co-captain Allison Hanna is slated at No. 5 in the nation, followed closely by teammate Kristen White at No. 8.
Additionally, the Buckeyes are ranked fourth in the nation according to the lastest NGCA Coaches Poll.
Senior co-captain Allison Hanna leads the Buckeyes with a 72.6 stroke average in 29 rounds of competition this season. In addition, Hanna has posted a Top 5 finish or better in seven competitions, including two wins. Kristen White averages a round of 73.7 and Lindsay Knowlton posts an average of 76.0. The trio have all posted rounds of under 70 this year. White tied her career-low and the school record with a round of 66 during the Florida Quad Match, marking the lowest round of any OSU player this year. Hanna posted a mark of 68 during the first round of the Wildcat Invitational and Knowlton recorded a 69 at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. Hanna’s 54-hole total of 211 from the NCAA West Regional also is a team-best this season.
BEST IN FIRST ROUND
The Buckeyes currently are averaging a mark of 297.9 in the first round of tournaments this season. Three of the five Buckeyes (Hanna, Knowlton, Harvie) competing in the NCAA championships have personal-low averages in the first round as well.
Ohio State’s team average of 299 (9,568 strokes in 32 rounds) is on pace to break the school record for lowest team average in a seson. The 2002-03 squad holds the record with a 301.32 stroke average.
The field of 24 teams that will compete in the 2004 NCAA Championships include (from the West regional): UCLA, California, Stanford, Washington, Georgia, Ohio State, Arizona State, and Texas; (from the Central regional): Vanderbilt, Arizona, Michigan State, Southern California, Baylor, Purdue, New Mexico and Texas A&M; (from the East Regional): Duke, UNLV, North Carolina, Florida State, Wake Forest, Furman, Tennessee and Oklahoma State.
In the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Perfomance Index released May 10, 19 of the 24 teams are ranked in the Top 25.
OSU IN NCAA COMPETITION
The Buckeyes are making their eighth-consecutive appearance and 14th-overall appearance at the NCAA championships. Ohio State’s trip marks the ninth under head coach Therese Hession.
OHIO STATE AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
YEAR FINISH/TEAMS LOCATION 1983 14th/17 Athens, Ga. 1984 12th/17 Tarpon Springs, Fla. 1985 13th/18 Cape Cod, Mass. 1988 17th/17 Las Cruces, N.M. 1989 17th/17 Stanford, Calif. 1993 15th/17 Athens, Ga. 1997 T8th/18 COLUMBUS, OHIO 1998 12th/19 Madison, Wis. 1999 11th/19 Tulsa, Ok. 2000 T20th/24 Sunriver, Ore. 2001 22nd/24 Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. 2002 8th/24 Auburn, Wash. 2003 4th/24 West Lafayette, Ind.
THE WEST REGIONAL
The Buckeyes qualified for its eighth-consecutive NCAA championships appearance with a sixth-place finish at the 2004 NCAA West Regional. The Buckeyes posted a final round score of 296, their lowest of the tournament. The event was held at the par 72 Stanford Golf Course (6,159 yards) in Stanford, Calif., and hosted by Stanford University.
UCLA topped the field of 21 with a total score of 861 while California finished second with a mark of 868.
Ohio State senior co-captain Allison Hanna concluded a solid tournament with a second-place finish to lead the Buckeyes. Hanna posted a final score of two-under 70 and finished the tournament with a total of 211.
Juniors Lindsay Knowlton and Kristen White tied for 41st and 45th place, respectively. Sophomore Allyson Harvie tied for 57th while freshman Dana Je tied for 92nd place.
UCLA’s Hanna Jun captured medalist honors as she finished with a three-round total of 209.
THE 2003 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio State finished fourth at the 2003 NCAA Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes posted a final-round score of 293 and finished the tournament with 1,214 strokes, 17 strokes out of first but just one away from third and two away from second.
Fourth place was Ohio State’s highest finish at the NCAA championships in school history. The Buckeyes tied for eighth in 1997 on the OSU Scarlet Course and also placed eighth in 2002.
Ohio State sophomore Kristen White fired a round of 73 and finished in a tie for sixth place at 300 (+12). Teammate Allison Hanna also posted a final round-score of 73 and finished with a composite 301 (+13), to tie for 11th.
Lindsay Knowlton tied for 19th after posting a round of 74. She finished the event with a mark of 303 (+15). Jennifer Selfinger tied for 55th at 310 (22) after she tallied a final-round score of 73.
Southern California ran away with the team title, finishing with 1,197 strokes (+45), 15 strokes ahead of second-place Pepperdine (1,212). Texas placed third (1,213).
Mikaela Parmlid of Southern California earned medalist honors after edging Florida’s Andrea Vander Lende in a one-hole playoff. Both players finished 72 holes with scores of 297 (+9).
2004 BIG TEN CHAMPIONS
Ohio State shot 293 in the final round of the 2004 Big Ten Championships to claim its third-consecutive conference crown. The Buckeyes finished with a score of 1,999, 17 strokes ahead of second-place Indiana (1,216). The event was held at the par 72 Ohio State University Scarlet Course (6,201 yards).
Ohio State’s three-consecutive championships tied a conference record also held by OSU. The Buckeyes won three titles from 1983-85.
Buckeye senior Allison Hanna finished second on the individual leaderboard with a score of 292. Hanna fired a round of 73 (+1) on her final day of competition on the Scarlet Course. Her second-place finish marks the sixth time this season she has place in the Top 5.
Junior Kristen White finished the final round with a 73 to move from fifth to third place on the final day. White totaled a mark of 296 for the tournament.
Ohio State sophomores Allyson Harvie tied for 17th with a score of 310 and Jennifer Selfinger tied for 21st with a mark of 314. Freshman Dana Je tied for 36th with a score of 321.
Junior Lindsay Knowlton posted a final-round mark of 74. Because she was disqualified for the third round (club violation), she finished 66th individually.
Indiana’s Danah Ford claimed first-place medalist honors with a score of 287 and set a record for the lowest 72-hole score in the Big Ten championships. Emily Bastel of Michigan State set the previous record with her mark of 288 in the 2000 event.
Ohio State women’s golfer Allison Hanna was named the 2004 Big Ten player of the year following the final round of the Big Ten Championships in Columbus. Additionally, Hanna and Kristen White were named First Team All-Big Ten. It marked the third career honor for both Hanna and White. Lindsay Knowlton also earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors. It was the second award for Knowlton.
Retiring Indiana head coach Sam Carmichael was named Big Ten coach of the year and Northwestern’s Alice Kim earned Big Ten freshman of the year accolades.
2004 ALL-BIG TEN
Allison Hanna, Ohio State
Kristen White, Ohio State
Malinda Johnson, Wisconsin
Allison Fouch, Michigan State
Karen Dennison, Indiana
Danah Ford, Indiana
Sarah Martin, Michigan State
Onnarin Sattayabanphot, Purdue
Laura Olin, Michigan
Beth Hermes, Purdue
Lindsay Knowlton, Ohio State
Ann Marie Kersten, Michigan State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Alice Kim, Northwestern
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Allison Hanna, Ohio State
COACH OF THE YEAR
Sam Carmichael, Indiana
OHIO STATE SWEEPS
The Ohio State men’s and women’s golf teams both claimed team crowns at the Big Ten championships in 2004. The women placed first on their home course in Columbus, Ohio, for their third-consecutive championship, while the men won the conference title in Ann Arbor, Mich. It marks the first time since 1997 both Ohio State golf programs have won titles in the Big Ten championships. That year, the men finished first in Columbus and the women won the event in East Lansing, Mich.
The NGCA has teamed up with The Golf Channel to present the first nationally-televised weekly show highlighting college golf. College Golf Central, presented by PING, 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.
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.
HESSION SIGNS 2004-05 PROSPECT
Therese Hession has announced the addition of Carling Coffing, a native of Middletown, Ohio, to the Buckeye roster. Coffing signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent to tee it up for the Buckeyes for the 2004-05 season.
“I am really looking forward to working with Carling next season,” Hession said. “She is very hard worker and a real competitor that should be able to make an immediate contribution.”
Coffing has tallied an impressive 2003 campaign that included performances at the 2003 United States Golf Association Girls Junior Amateur Championships, where she placed 56th out of 164 of the country’s top competitors. At the 2003 Junior World Golf Championships, she placed 14th with a four-round total of 305. Coffing also has posted first-place finishes at the 2002 USGA Girls Amateur Qualifier and at the 2002 AAU District Qualifier. At Middletown High School, Coffing placed second at the 2002 Ohio State High School Division I Championship with rounds of 78 and 73.
Seniors Allison Hanna and Jennifer Borowiec have served as co-captains for the 2003-04 season. The duo will repeat their duties from a year ago, as the Buckeyes went on to finish fourth at the 2003 NCAA Championships, the highest finish in school history.
Hanna was a 2003 NGCA Second Team All-American and was named First Team All-Big Ten for the second time. She also captured her first career medalist honors at the Big Ten Championships and went on to tie for 11th place at the NCAA Championships.
Borowiec, a fifth-year senior, saw 14 rounds of action last season and finished the year with a 80.36 stroke average. She also serves as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) at Ohio State.
MEET COACH HESSION
Under the leadership of coach Therese Hession, the Ohio State women’s golf team has made a statement as a competitive force not just within the Big Ten, but also around the nation. The upswing is as much a product of the coach’s strong character and commitment as it is the quality of her instruction.
Hession possesses a genuinely warm and caring personality, as well as an overwhelming desire to win. Together, the traits have been a driving force behind the program’s return to the forefront of national prominence.
The former LPGA tour professional became the seventh head coach in the program’s history in 1991. In her inaugural season, she led the Buckeyes to a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten championships-three notches better than the previous year.