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May 6, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio– The 10th-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team leads the field of 21 teams at the NCAA East Regional in Gainesville, Fla. The Buckeyes posted a score of 285 (+5) and an even par mark of 280 Friday in the first and second rounds. The event is being held at the par 70 University of Florida Golf Course (6,023 yards).

Ohio State’s score of 565 (+5) leads the tournament by 10 strokes. Duke, ranked first in the nation, sits in second place with a score of 575 (+15) while Furman currently holds third with a mark of 582 (+22).

“We played really well from start to finish,” Therese Hession, Ohio State head coach, said. “They were really focused on what they were doing. One big advantage we had was that this was about our fifth time this season playing 36 holes in one day. A lot of the teams haven’t played 36 holes all year, or even in the past two years. We knew how to pace ourselves.”

In the first round, Ohio State junior and Columbus native Jennifer Selfinger (Groveport Madison) fired a career-best score of 69 (-1) to lead the Buckeyes. Selfinger’s previous low round was 72, which she last recorded at the Mercedes-Benz Championships in October.

Senior captains Kristen White (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) and Lindsay Knowlton (Toronto, Ontario/Havergal) paced Ohio State in the second round. White posted a one-under round of 69 and Knowlton shot two-under 68, the Buckeyes’ lowest round of the tournament thus far.

The most consistent play came from teammates Dana Je (So., Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) and Carling Coffing (Fr., Middletown, Ohio/Middletown), who also posted season-best scores. Je recorded two rounds of 71 (+1) and leads the Buckeyes on the individual leaderboard in a tie for fourth place. Her previous best round of the season was 72. Coffing fired two rounds of 72 (+1) and stands in 11th place. Her previous best score was 74.

“When some had a bad round, the others picked it up,” Hession said. “Jen, Dana and Carling all had low rounds of the season and now is a great time to do that.”

White also is tied for fourth place individually with Je while Knowlton is tied for 17th. Selfinger currently is tied for 29th.

Ohio State’s score of 280 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 also was just 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.

The Top 8 teams following the final round Saturday will move on to compete in the 2005 NCAA Championships May 17-20 in Sunriver, Ore. The Buckeyes are seeking their ninth-consecutive appearance at the event. The final round is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Sunday and live scoring is available online at www.golfstat.com.

TEAM STANDINGS (PAR 70) RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL 1. OHIO STATE 285 280 565 2. Duke 292 283 575 3. Furman 291 291 582 T4. Pepperdine 294 291 585 T4. Tulane 293 292 585 6. Florida 287 301 588 7. Virginia 292 297 589 8. Vanderbilt 307 292 599 T9. Campbell 297 303 600 T9. South Carolina 293 307 600 11. Princeton 302 300 602 12. Washington 306 298 604 13. Miami (Fla.) 303 304 607 T14. East Carolina 309 305 614 T14. Mississippi State 306 308 614 T14. UNC Wilmington 306 308 614 17. North Carolina State 319 299 618 18. James Madison 309 317 626 19. Coastal Carolina 323 307 630 20. Jacksonville State 325 315 640 21. Jackson State 328 332 660

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL 1. Leah Wigger, Virginia 70 67 137 2. Jenny Suh, Furman 69 69 138 3. Liliana Alverez, Tulane 70 71 141

OHIO STATE INDIVIDUALS RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL T4. Dana Je 71 71 142 T4. Kristen White 73 69 142 11. Carling Coffing 72 72 144 T17. Lindsay Knowlton 79 68 147 T29. Jennifer Selfinger 69 80 149