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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