Feb. 20, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team will head to Tucson, Ariz., for the Wildcat Invitational Feb. 23-25. The event will be held at the par 71 Arizona National Golf Club (6.238 yards). First-round competition is slated for 10 a.m. (8 a.m. MST) Monday with the second round also scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The final round Wednesday will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Results from each round will be available on www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com. Live scoring also can be found on www.golfstat.com.
THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
1. Allison Hanna
2. Lindsay Knowlton
3. Kristen White
4. Allyson Harvie
5. Dana Je
Individual – Emily Kuhfeld
The field of 14 teams competing in the Wildcat Invitational include Arizona, Arizona State, California, New Mexico State, North Texas, Northern Arizona, Ohio State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, UNLV and Vanderbilt. Eight squads are currently ranked in the latest National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Top 25. UCLA ranks second, followed closely by host Arizona. Califonia ranks sixth, Ohio State 10th and Vanderbilt is ranked 11th. Pepperdine, Tennessee and Stanford round out the ranked teams at 19th, 22nd and 25th, respectively. NOTING THE WILDCAT INVITE
The Buckeyes are competiting in the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson for the first time ever in the history of the program. Last year at the event, Pepperdine took home top honors, recording a score of 876 (+25). Arizona’s Erica Blasberg claimed individual honors with a mark of 210 (-3).
WHITE EARNS BIG TEN POW
Ohio State junior golfer Kristen White was named Big Ten Player of the Week after her performance at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge last week.
White tied for fourth individually with a mark of 221, including a round of even-par 71 to open the event. She helped the Buckeyes to a third-place finish, their highest in the nine-year history of the event.
The honor was the first of the season for White and the third of her career.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes finished third at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, shooting a score of 914 (+62). The Buckeyes tallied a final-round mark of 302, their lowest round of the tournament. The event was at the par 71 Palos Verdes Golf Club (5,912 yards) in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Ohio State’s third-place finish was the highest in the nine-year history of the event. The 2001 Buckeye squad finished eighth.
Ohio State junior Kristen White tied for fourth place individually with a score of 221 (+8). Allison Hanna shot a team-best one-under 70 in the final round and jumped 22 spots to tie for seventh, finishing with a mark of 223 (+10). Lindsay Knowlton tied for 32nd (232), Allyson Harvie tied for 47th (238) and Jennifer Selfinger tied for 75th (253). Jennifer Borowiec tied for 77th (254) while competing as an individual.
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 BUCKEYES
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.
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.
Ohio State will return to action March 7-9 at the Lady Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.