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April 30, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team concluded its best all-around performance of the season Sunday at the Big Ten Championship, taking third place with a 72-hole score of 1,195 (+43) at the par-72 University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis.

Ohio State shot a 300 (+12) in the final round. Michigan State fired a 296 Sunday to edge the Buckeyes by one stroke for runner-up honors. Purdue dominated the competition, winning their first-ever Big Ten crown by 27 strokes over MSU with a Big Ten Championship-record score of 1,167 (+15). The Boilermakers, Spartans and Buckeyes all broke the previous championship record for 72 holes, set by Indiana in 1998 (1,196). Purdue became the first team in tournament history to record four sub-300 rounds in the tournament.

Lisa Strom (Sr., North Wales, Pa.) led the Buckeyes with a fifth-place finish – her third-consecutive top-10 finish this season. Strom carded a 74 (+2) in the final round en route to a 72-hole score of 295 as she finished in a three-way tie for fifth place. Strom’s fine season was rewarded Sunday with her selection to the 2000 All-Big Ten Team. Strom also earned the honor in 1999.

Natalie Aber (So., Akron, Ohio), continuing her phenomenal play of late, shot a 74 in the final round, tying a career low which she set in the tourney’s first round. Aber finished in a 15th-place tie with teammate Amber Amstutz (Sr., Leo, Ind.) with a 303 (+15).

After struggling in the third round, Mollie Fankhauser (Fr., Dublin, Ohio) responded with a vengeance, shooting a 75 (+3) as she earned a 305 for tournament, good for a 19th-place finish. Ashley Lowery (West Lafayette, Ind.) fired a 79 Saturday and finished in a 29th-place tie with a 308. Kelly Moskal (So., Hinckley, Ohio) carded an 80 in the final round, finishing in 45th place with a 314. Michigan State’s Emily Bastel fired her third-consecutive sub-par round – a two-under 70 – in the final round as she took medalist honors with an even-par 288, edging Purdue’s duo of Stacy Orschell and Kari Damron by one stroke. Orschell took Big Ten Athlete of the Year honors, while Damron earned freshman of the year laurels.

Ohio State returns to the links May 11-13, hosting the NCAA East Regional at the OSU Scarlet Golf Course.

TEAM STANDINGS RD 1 RD 2 RD 3 RD 4 TOTAL 1. Purdue 287 289 298 293 1,167# 2. Michigan St 305 290 303 296 1,194 3. Ohio State 294 298 303 300 1,195 4. Wisconsin 302 297 303 310 1,212 5. Indiana 304 299 313 298 1,214 6. Northwestern 299 302 313 302 1,216 Michigan 305 304 308 299 1,216 8. Penn State 300 310 308 302 1,220 9. Minnesota 305 301 314 301 1,221 10.Iowa 329 301 315 317 1,262 11.Illinois 311 317 326 310 1,264 # Big Ten Championship 72-hole record, breaking Indiana’s record of 1,196, set in 1998

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS RD 1 RD 2 RD 3 RD 4 TOTAL 1. Emily Bastel (MSU) 78 69 71 70 288# 2. Stacy Orschell (PUR) 67* 74 73 75 289 Kari Damron (PUR) 68 73 76 72 289 4. Katie Futcher (PSU) 72 74 73 72 291 5. Lisa Strom (OSU) 71 75 75 74 295 Laurin Kanda (ILL) 73 74 76 72 295 Natalie Tucker (IND) 71 77 75 72 295 # Big Ten Championship 72-hole record, breaking record of 292, set by Indiana’s Erica Wicoff in 1995, * Big Ten Championship single round 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 74 295 T15.Amber Amstutz 76 75 75 77 303 T15.Natalie Aber 74 77 78 74 303 T19.Mollie Fankhauser 75 73 82 75 305 T29.Ashley Lowery 79 75 75 79 308 T45.Kelly Moskal 74 79 81 80 314 2000 ALL-BIG TEN TEAM Allie Blomquist, Wisconsin Emily Bastel, Michigan State Elizabeth Burden, Northwestern Kari Damron, Purdue* Kasey Gant, Michigan State Emily Gilley, Northwestern Theresa McDermott, Indiana Stacy Orschell, Purdue& Lisa Strom, Ohio State Natalie Tucker, Indiana

Big Ten Coach of the Year Devon Brouse, Purdue

* Freshman of the Year & Athlete of the Year