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May 16, 1999

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State women’s golf team, ranked 12th in the nation, seeks a successful end to the season as it competes in the NCAA Championships May 19-22 at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

%^$NOTES ON THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

%^$The NCAA Championships start Wednesday, May 19, at the par-71, 6,033-yard Tulsa Country Club. Ohio State is making its third straight appearance and ninth overall in the 18-year history of the championships. The Buckeyes took 12th place in 1998 and finished a school-record eighth in 1997. OSU head coach Therese Hession has guided the Buckeyes to four NCAA Championships in her eight-year tenure. The tournament features a 72-hole format, which OSU has competed on just once this year — the Big Ten Championships. OSU won that tournament with a score of 1,239.

%^$TOURNEY TESTED BUCKEYES

%^$Three of Ohio State’s starting five have experience at the NCAA Championships. Last year, Natalie Mosher finished tied for 42nd place with a score of 303, while Lisa Strom finished right behind her in 48th place with 304. Amber Amstutz took 80th place, firing at 313.

%^$BUCKEYES BENEFIT FROM TEAM EFFORT

%^$Ohio State has used a solid team effort over the past five tournaments, with four different Buckeyes challenging the leaderboard. Natalie Mosher began the streak by nabbing runner-up honors at the Liz Murphey Collegiate, and Lisa Strom followed with medalist honors at the Indiana Invitational. Amber Amstutz took second place at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational and the Big Ten Championships. Summerset Lovett then earned 10th place at the NCAA East Regional.

%^$OSU TAKES SIXTH AT NCAA EAST REGIONAL

%^$Ohio State, paced by senior Summerset Lovett’s season-best score of 220, earned a berth in the NCAA Championships as they took sixth at the NCAA East Regional, hosted by South Carolina at the par-72 University Club. Lovett fired a one-under 71 in the second round and a one-over 73 in the final round, launching her to a top 10 finish. Natalie Mosher also played strong for the Buckeyes, finishing in a tie for 17th-place tie with a 224. Lisa Strom, after firing a par-round of 72 in the final round, took 27th with a 227.

%^$BUCKS TAKE HOME BIG TEN CROWN

%^$Ohio State claimed its 10th Big Ten Championship, and second in three years, May 2 in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes shot a 1,239 (+87) over four rounds as they earned a 12-stroke win over defending champion Indiana. OSU was paced by junior Amber Amstutz, who registered a runner-up finish with a score of 304. Natalie Mosher finished third at 307, while Summerset Lovett, after firing a tourney-low 71 in the final round, finished eighth with a 314. Lisa Strom took ninth overall with a 315.

%^$HESSION NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR

%^$Ohio State Coach Therese Hession was named Big Ten Coach of the Year after leading the Buckeyes to the 1999 Big Ten Championship. The honor is the third for Hession who was also tabbed in ’97 and ’93. Buckeyes Amber Amstutz, Natalie Mosher and Lisa Strom were all graced with all-Big Ten laurels. Mosher earned her second all-Big Ten award, while Amstutz, the 1997 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and Strom earned their first.