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April 29, 2000

%^$ COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team continued its stellar play at the Big Ten Championship, firing a 303 (+15) in the third round of the tournament, hosted by Wisconsin at the par-72 University Ridge Golf Course.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes, with a three-round 895, held onto second place by exactly the same margin as they held after the first two rounds, as third-place Michigan State (898) and host Wisconsin (902) also shot a 303 on Saturday. The Buckeyes are 21 strokes behind first-place Purdue, which shot a 298 Saturday and now holds a three-round 874 (+10).%^$

%^$ OSU received rounds of 75 (+3) from three players on Saturday. Lisa Strom (Sr., North Wales, Pa.) continued her solid play, firing a 75 as she stands in a fifth-place tie with a 221, which is her season low for 54 holes. Amber Amstutz (Sr., Leo, Ind.) shot a 75 and moved into 15th place with a season-low 226, while Ashley Lowery (West Lafayette, Ind.) carded a 75 Saturday and also earned a season low for 54 holes – a 229 – leaving her in a 20th-place tie, which includes teammate Natalie Aber (So., Akron, Ohio), who shot a 78 in the third round.%^$

%^$ Purdue’s Stacy Orschell shot a73 Saturday and holds the individual lead with a 214 (-2), three strokes better than teammate Kari Damron.%^$

%^$The tournament concludes on Sunday with the final 18 holes.%^$

%^$TEAM STANDINGS RD 1 RD 2 RD 3 RD 4 TOTAL%^$1. Purdue 287 289 298 874%^$2. Ohio State 294 298 303 895%^$3. Michigan St 305 290 303 898%^$4. Wisconsin 302 297 303 898%^$5. Northwestern 299 302 313 914%^$6. Indiana 304 299 313 916%^$7. Michigan 305 304 308 917%^$8. Penn State 300 310 308 918%^$9. Minnesota 305 301 314 920%^$10.Iowa 329 301 315 945%^$11.Illinois 311 317 326 954%^$%^$INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS RD 1 RD 2 RD 3 RD 4 TOTAL%^$1. Stacy Orschell (PUR) 67* 74 73 214%^$2. Kari Damron (PUR) 68 73 76 217%^$3. Emily Bastel (MSU) 78 69 71 218%^$4. Katie Futcher (PSU) 72 74 73 219%^$5. Lisa Strom (OSU) 71 75 75 221%^$ Allie Blomquist (WIS)74 75 72 221%^$ Kasey Gant (MSU) 76 71 74 221%^$%^$* Big Ten Championship record, breaking record of 69, set by OSU’s Cathy Kratzert in 1983%^$

%^$OSU INDIVIDUALS RD 1 RD 2 RD 3 RD 4 TOTAL%^$T5. Lisa Strom 71 75 75 221%^$T15.Amber Amstutz 76 75 75 226%^$T20.Natalie Aber 74 77 78 229%^$T20.Ashley Lowery 79 75 75 229%^$T25.Mollie Fankhauser 75 73 82 230%^$T36.Kelly Moskal 74 79 81 234