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April 28, 1999

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State women’s golf team, ranked 15th in the nation, looks to ride the momentum of winning its first tournament of this season, competing in the Big Ten Championships this weekend at Purdue.

NOTES ON THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Big Ten Championships start Friday at Purdue’s par-72 Kampen Course with 36 holes of golf. Play continues with 18 holes on Saturday and Sunday. OSU opened its season on the Kampen Course in the Lady Northern, placing fifth among 14 teams. The Buckeyes currently sport a record of 27-7 against teams from their own league.

BUCKS HAVE GLOWING BIG TEN HISTORY

Ohio State has had many successes in the history of the Big Ten Championships. OSU last won the title in 1997 and has garnered nine championships in the tourney’s 25-year history, the most of any school. The Buckeyes took second place last year, falling by 13 strokes to Indiana. A league record eight medalists have also come out of the Buckeye program, an honor shared with Indiana.

BUCKS TRIUMPH AT LADY BUCKEYE INVITE

Ohio State took home the championship hardware after cruising to a first place finish at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational last weekend. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 20-stroke lead after the first 36 holes of golf and went on to win by 22 over second-place Purdue. The Buckeyes fired a 45-over-par 907. Ohio State was paced by Amber Amstutz, who shot a five-over-par 221, falling a stroke short of champion Angela Blythe of Purdue. Amstutz set career-bests with her final score of 221 and her second-place finish overall. Natalie Mosher took third place overall for OSU, firing a 225. Lisa Strom nabbed sixth place after shooting a 229, while Summerset Lovett finished in a tie for seventh place with a score of 232, marking her highest finish of the season. Tatiana Belham took 52nd place for the Buckeyes with a 249, while Natalie Aber earned 55th place with a 252.

BUCKEYES HONORED FOR PERFORMANCES

In the latest MasterCard Collegiate Golf Individual Rankings, Natalie Mosher stands 35th in the national rankings. Lisa Strom moved up a notch into 95th place this week.

OSU RANKED IN MASTERCARD TOP 25

Ohio State is ranked 15th in the April 28 edition of the MasterCard women’s team rankings. The Buckeyes, along with No. 19 Indiana, are the two ranked teams competing at this weekend’s Big Ten Championships. The latest rankings:

1. Duke 2. Arizona 3. Georgia 4. Tulsa 5. Southern California 6. Arizona State 7. Oklahoma State 8. TCU 9. Stanford 10. Tennessee 11. Pepperdine 12. Texas 13. Washington 14. Louisiana State 15. Ohio State 16. UCLA 17. Auburn 18. South Carolina 19. Indiana 20. Furman 21. Oregon 22. New Mexico State 23. South Florida 24. Mississippi 25. San Jose State