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May 17, 2005

SUNRIVER, Ore. – The eighth-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team concluded its second and final practice round Monday at the 2005 Championships in Suniver, Ore. The Buckeyes are schedule to tee off at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the first round of the event, which runs through Friday. Live scoring is available online at www.golfstat.com.

Quotes
Therese Hession, Ohio State head coach
On the practice rounds
“It was good to get acquainted with the course. It is playing a little different than when we were here in the fall. I think they have a pretty good handle on it and are more than prepared to go.”

On freshman Carling Coffing
“I think she will do fine. She is playing well. She is going to be a little bit nervous but once she gets out there and starts playing she will settle down. She is swinging very well right now and her short game is as good as it has been all year. It will be a good opportunity for her to step up.”

On seniors Kristen White and Lindsay Knowlton
“They know what’s going on. They know it’s a long, hard week. I just talked to them tonight about people having bad holes. With 72, it’s bound to happen no matter how well you are doing. They are veteran enough that it’s not going to rattle them. They will be there when it comes time on Friday.”

On keys to winning the tournament
“I really think the key is to have consistent scores. It is going to be a real team effort. You need four good scores and the consistency among the team is going to be very important. At this level, the third and fourth scores are what separate the teams.”

Jennifer Selfinger, Ohio State junior
On the practice rounds
“They went pretty well. We played the course in the fall and so we are just getting used to the greens. They are a little different than we were in the fall. We are just learning about what we need to do. I am hitting the ball a little differently now than I was in the fall, so I am trying to adjust to that. I have been working on my swing a lot and I am hitting the ball more solid.”

On the course
“I like it a lot. I really like the greens and I feel really comfortable on them. I think that is really good for our team.”

On how the team is playing right now
“We have been doing really well the past couple of tournaments. If someone has a bad round, somebody else has a good round to make up for it. We just need to keep playing like we have been. We have really been coming together as a team and we just need to keep it up.”

Carling Coffing, Ohio State freshman
On playing in her first NCAA tournament
“I am a little nervous but very excited. We have been doing so well the last couple of tournaments and I really think we can have a really good tournament. But this is my first time at NCAAs, so I guess I am allowed to be a little nervous.”

On the course
“It’s a tricky course. The rough is high and the greens are quick but it’s not any tougher than anything we have seen earlier in the year. I think we can shoot well on it.”

On the practice rounds
“They went really well. Everyone is hitting the ball well. We got a really good look at the course. The two practice rounds are really great because we got to hit a lot of extra putts and extra chips.”

Noting the 2005 NCAA Championships

Ohio State is making its 15th appearance at the NCAAchampionships, including its ninth consecutive trip. Among currentteams, Ohio State is tied for the third-longest NCAA championshipappearances streak. Only Stanford (14 consecutive appearances) andArizona State (11) have more than the Buckeyes, who are tied withDuke with nine consecutive appearances. Ohio State is one of threeBig Ten teams participating in the NCAA championships. MichiganState and Purdue also are playing in the event. The Sunriver Resortalso played host to the 2000 NCAA Women’s Championships. That year,the Buckeyes tied for 20th place when the event was held on theCrosswater course. This year, the tournament is being played on theMeadows course. Ohio State seniors Kristen White and LindsayKnowlton are competing in their fourth NCAA championships, whileteammates Dana Je and Jennifer Selfinger are each playing in theirsecond. Freshman Carling Coffing will participate in her first evenwhen action begins Tuesday.