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May 7, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio– The 10th-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team won the 2005 NCAA East Regional Saturday following the final round of the 21-team event in Gainesville, Fla. The Buckeyes posted a score of 291 in the final round and finished with a total of 856, setting a school record. The event was held at the par 70 University of Florida Golf Course (6,023 yards).

The previous school record was set in September 2001 when Ohio State recorded 861 to win the Mason Rudolph Championships. Of note, Buckeye seniors Kristen White (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) and Lindsay Knowlton (Toronto, Ontario/Havergal) were both freshmen on that team.

Ohio State finished the regional tournament with a six-stroke win over No. 1 Duke. The regional championship marks the second for the Ohio State women’s golf program. The Buckeyes also claimed the 1997 East Regional title in Bloomington, Ind. Ohio State ended Duke’s win streak at the NCAA east regional. The Blue Devils had won the tournament the past five years.

“We played solid golf for three good rounds,” Therese Hession, Ohio State head coach, said. “Our goal was just to get to nationals but it is always nice to win. We need to work more on our short game and will split time between playing and practicing. We’ll be ready to go.”

White and sophomore Dana Je (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) each shot 72 in the final round and finished in a tie for ninth place on the individual leaderboard with a score of 214. Knowlton fired even par 70 in the final round and finished with a total of 217 to tie for 10th place. Freshman Carling Coffing (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) also posted a Top 20 finish with a score of 221. Ohio State’s score of 280 in the second round Saturday also marked the lowest round by the Buckeyes this season. The previous best was 285 in the final round of The Landfall Tradition in October. The score was two strokes shy of the school record. The team single round record is 278, set by the 2001-02 Buckeyes at the Mason Rudolph Championships.

The Top 8 teams move on to compete in the 2005 NCAA Championships set for May 17-20 in Sunriver, Ore. The Buckeyes will be making their ninth-consecutive appearance at the event.

TEAM STANDINGS (PAR 70) RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL 1. OHIO STATE 285 280 291 856 2. Duke 292 283 287 862 3. Furman 291 293 287 871 4. Pepperdine 294 291 289 874 5. Virginia 292 297 292 881 6. Tulane 293 292 300 885 7. Florida 287 301 298 886 8. Washington 306 298 296 900 –Did Not Qualify– 9. South Carolina 293 307 303 903 10. Vanderbilt 307 292 305 904 11. Campbell 297 303 308 908 12. Princeton 302 300 309 911 13. Miami (Fla.) 303 304 305 912 14. North Carolina State 319 299 297 915 15. UNC Wilmington 306 308 306 920 16. Mississippi State 306 308 311 925 17. East Carolina 309 305 315 929 18. James Madison 309 317 306 932 19. Coastal Carolina 323 307 322 952 20. Jacksonville State 325 315 320 960 21. Jackson State 328 332 330 990

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL 1. Anna Grzebien, Duke 73 69 67 209 T2. Jenny Suh, Furman 69 69 72 210 T2. Leah Wigger, Virginia 70 67 73 210 4. Alison Walshe, Tulane 70 73 69 212

OHIO STATE INDIVIDUALS RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL T7. Kristen White 73 69 72 214 T7. Dana Je 71 71 72 214 T10. Lindsay Knowlton 79 68 70 217 T19. Carling Coffing 72 72 77 221 T47. Jennifer Selfinger 69 80 79 228