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May 11, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State women’s golf team shot a 306 in the first round of the NCAA West Regional Thursday, earning a fifth-place standing at the par-72 Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore. The top eight teams and two individuals from the regional will advance to the NCAA Championships May 22-25.

The race for the eight championship berths is tight, as five teams are tied for seventh place with a 308. Arizona dominated the first day of competition with a 1-under-par 287, grabbing a 15-stroke lead over Stanford. Michigan State (304), Memphis (305), OSU (306) and UCLA (307) are all just ahead of the seventh-place logjam.

Big Ten Player of the Year Mollie Fankhauser (So., Dublin, Ohio/Cols. School for Girls) tied a career low with a 70 (-2) in the first round. She is knotted with Arizona’s Lorena Ochoa for second place, two strokes behind Arizona’s Natalie Gulbis.

Jennifer Borowiec (Fr., South Lyon, Mich./Mercy) posted the Buckeyes’ second-best round of the day, a 77, as she tied for 31st place. Natalie Aber (Jr., Akron, Ohio/Springfield) carded a 78, tying for 45th place.

Allison Hanna (Fr., Portland, Ore./David Douglas) shot an 81, while Ashley Lowery (Jr., West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) recorded an 82.

The tournament continues with single rounds Friday and Saturday.

TEAM STANDINGS RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL 1. Arizona 287 287 2. Stanford 302 302 3. Michigan St. 304 304 4. Memphis 305 305 5. Ohio State 306 306 6. UCLA 307 307 7. Oregon 308 308 USC 308 308 Arizona St. 308 308 Washington 308 308 Tennessee 308 308 12. Nevada 310 310 13. Oregon State 311 311 14. Furman 312 312 15. Indiana 314 314 16. Missouri 318 318 17. Colorado St. 320 320 18. BYU 322 322 19. SW Mo. State 334 334 20. Weber State 352 352 21. C. Conn. St. 363 363 LEADERBOARD RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL 1. Natalie Gulbis (AZ) 68 68 2. M. Fankhauser (OSU) 70 70 Lorena Ochoa (AZ) 70 70 4. Jimin Kang (ASU) 71 71 5. M. Francella (MEM) 72 72 Anne Lee (AZ) 72 72 OSU INDIVIDUALS RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL T2. Mollie Fankhauser 70 70 T31. Jennifer Borowiec 77 77 T45. Natalie Aber 78 78 T68. Allison Hanna 81 81 T71. Ashley Lowery 82 82