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May 22, 2004

OPELIKA, Ala. – The Ohio State women’s golf team tallied a score of 1,187 to finish in eighth place Saturday at the 2004 NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes shot 296 in the final round of competition that lasted two days. Play Friday was suspended because of lightning and resumed at 9 a.m. this morning. The event was held at the par 72 Grand National Lake Course (6,216 yards) in Opelika, Ala., and hosted by Auburn University.

It marks the third-consecutive year Ohio State has finished in the Top 10 in the nation.

“Kristen and Allison had a great tournament,” Therese Hession, Ohio State head coach, said. “They played really well today. When you look at it, 296 is still better than our team average but it is so competitive that the third and fourth scores are so important. It was a solid tournament and something to build on for the future.”

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 junior Kristen White (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) 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). Senior Allison Hanna (Portland, Ore./David Douglas) closed her collegiate career with a mark of 289, including a 71 (-1) in her final round as a Buckeye. She finished 12th individually. Junior Lindsay Knowlton (Toronto, Ontario/Havergal) also tied for 62nd place with a mark of 301.

“Anytime you finish in the Top 10 in the country you shouldn’t be disappointed,” Hession said. “I know this team had high goals so they are disappointed but we had a good year. Our younger players are going to have to step up and fill Allison Hanna’s shoes. That’s going to be a tall order.”

TEAM STANDINGS (PAR 72) RD1 RD2 RD3 RD4 TOTAL 1. UCLA 289 283 286 290 1148 2. Duke 289 284 292 288 1151 3. Oklahoma State 288 293 282 294 1159 4. California 309 282 292 289 1172 5. Vanderbilt 298 284 302 296 1180 6. Texas 302 295 293 294 1184 6. Washington 305 298 297 284 1184 8. OHIO STATE 296 292 303 296 1187 9. Georgia 302 297 293 298 1190 10. Arizona State 310 291 291 299 1191 11. Tennessee 303 297 301 292 1193 12. Southern California 307 286 305 297 1195 12. Stanford 303 296 298 298 1195 14. Wake Forest 298 289 310 299 1196 15. New Mexico 304 292 304 297 1197 15. Arizona 302 300 298 297 1197 15. Furman 302 306 302 297 1197 15. North Carolina 304 300 300 293 1197 19. Baylor 299 298 295 296 1198 19. Florida State 301 301 295 301 1198 21. UNLV 308 299 302 295 1204 22. Purdue 307 294 308 296 1205 23. Texas A&M 306 302 302 301 1211 24. Michigan State 302 310 298 305 1215

LEADERBOARD RD1 RD2 RD3 RD4 TOTAL 1. Sarah Huarte, California 73 69 67 69 278 2. Karin Sjodin, Oklahoma State 71 69 68 71 279 3. Susie Mathews, UCLA 71 69 68 72 280

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES RD1 RD2 RD3 RD4 TOTAL T6. Kristen White 75 71 73 68 287 12. Allison Hanna 69 73 76 71 289 T62. Lindsay Knowlton 76 70 78 77 301 T113. Dana Je 76 81 76 80 313 123. Allyson Harvie 82 78 84 82 326