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Feb. 6, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team returns to action next week at the ninth-annual Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. The event will be held at the par 71 Palos Verdes Golf Club (5,912 yards) in Palos Verdes, Calif. Competition will kick off at 9 a.m. Pacific time Monday and Tuesday with the final round Wednesday beginning with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Live scoring and complete results will be availble online at www.golfstat.com.

THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
1. Allison Hanna
2. Kristen White
3. Lindsay Knowlton
4. Jennifer Selfinger
5. Allyson Harvie
6. Jennifer Borowiec

THE FIELD
The field of 15 teams competing in the Regional Challenge this year include Arizona, Arizona State, California, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Stanford, South Carolina, Southern California, Texas, Tulsa and UCLA. Eleven of the 15 squads are currently ranked in the Top 25. UCLA is ranked the highest at No.2, followed by No. 5 California and No. 6 New Mexico. Oklahoma State and Florida are ranked No. 8 and 9, respecitvely, and the Buckeyes are ranked at No. 11. LAST YEAR AT THE CHALLENGE
The Buckeyes finished tied for 12th place with a score of 636 (+44) last year in two rounds of play at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. The final round was cancelled because of rainy conditions. Pepperdine finished in first place with a two-round total of 598 (+30) while USC placed second at 604 (+35).

Lindsay Knowlton led the Buckeyes in a tie for 13th place with a score of 152. Kristen White tied for 27th (155) while Allison Hanna tied for 47th (159).

Katherine Hull of Pepperdine took first place honors on the individual leaderboard at 144.

REGIONAL CHALLENGE HISTORY Year Champion Score Medalist School Score 1996 San Jose St. 878 Vibeke Stensrud San Jose St. 213 1997 Stanford 905 Heather Bowie Texas 219 1998 Tulsa 875 Filippa Helmersson Tulsa 212 1999 Georgia 901 Jennifer Rosales USC 216 2000 Arizona 869 Shuna Estes Georgia 212 2001 Arizona 884 Natalie Gulbis Arizona 214 2002 Tulsa 870 Lorena Ochoa Arizona 206 2003* Pepperdine 598 Katherine Hull Pepperdine 144 *The final round was cancelled because of rain.

THE FALL IN BRIEF
The Buckeyes compiled a 33-12-2 record in three scoring tournaments during the fall season.

At the NCAA Fall Preview, the Buckeyes managed a 13th-place finish in a field of 18 teams. The event was held in Auburn, Ala., site of the 2004 NCAA Championships.

Ohio State rebounded well with a second-place finish on its home course at the Lady Northern Intercollegiate. Senior Allison Hanna tied for medalist honors to lead the Buckeyes. Junior Kristen White also had a strong tournament, posting a fourth-place finish and classmate Lindsay Knowlton tied for 11th.

The Buckeyes then traveled to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in the Mercedes-Benz Championships, where the Scarlet and Gray took home top honors. Ohio State finished with a team score of 884 in a field of 17 squads. The win marked the first for the Buckeyes since the 2003 Big Ten Championships. Hanna also came away with her second individual title of the season, posting a score of 217. Knowlton also made a good showing and tied for seventh place.

Ohio State closed out the fall season in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at the Hooters Collegiate Match Play. In the first round, the Buckeyes defeated Florida but were then defeated by No. 1 Duke on the second day. Ohio State responded with a victory over Texas but finished with a 2-2 record after a loss to Arizona.

HANNA LEADS OSU
Senior co-captain Allison Hanna led the Buckeyes in the fall with two individual crowns and an eighth-place finish. Hanna also led the squad with a 72.3 stroke average in nine rounds of action. White and Knowlton, who also played in all nine rounds, recorded a 73.3 and 78.2 stroke average, respectively.

NOTING THE BUCKEYES…
Allison Hanna … has tied for first in each of the last two tournaments … earned medalist honors at the 2003 Mercedes-Benz Championships, winning in a playoff … tied for first at the 2003 Lady Northern Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 218, but fell in a playoff to Janice Olivencia of Texas … low round of 70 came in the first round … opened the 2003-04 season at the 2003 NCAA Fall Preview … during the event, Hanna posted three-consecutive rounds of even-par to finish the tournament tied for eighth place.

Kristen White … tied for 17th at the Mercedes-Benz Championships with a three-round total of 223 … posted an impressive three-round total of 219 at the 2003 Lady Northern Intercollegiate … began the 2003-04 season at the NCAA Fall Preview, finishing 14th … low round of 70 came on the final days of the Mercedes-Benz and Fall Preview.

Lindsay Knowlton … posted her first Top 10 finish of the season tying for seventh with three-round total of 220 at the Mercedes-Benz Championships … tied for 11th at the 2003 Lady Northern Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 226 … fired a low-round of 72 during the first round.

Jennifer Selfinger … competed at the Mercedes-Benz Championships, shooting a low-round of 75 and finishing with a score of 229 to tie for 38th place.

Allyson Harvie … helped the Buckeyes to a second-place finish at the 2003 Lady Northern Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 234 to tie for 29th … opened the season at the NCAA Fall Preview, where she posted a three-round total of 241.

Jennifer Borowiec … participated at the NCAA Fall Preview (257) and the Lady Northern Intercollegiate (246), where she finished tied for 65th.

Dana Je … tied for 42nd with a three-round total of 239 at the 2003 Lady Northern Intercollegiate.

BUCKEYE CO-CAPTAINS
Seniors Allison Hanna and Jennifer Borowiec will once again serve 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. In just her second season, Hession struck gold, claiming the 1993 conference title, Ohio State’s first championship since 1988. For her efforts, she was voted the Big Ten Coach of the Year by her peers.

19TH HOLE
The Buckeyes return to action Feb. 23-25 at the Wildcat Invitational in Tuscon, Ariz.