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May 4, 1999

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State women’s golf team, ranked 15th in the nation, looks to mark its third consecutive tournament championship this weekend at the NCAA East Regional held at South Carolina’s University Club in Blythewood.

NOTES ON THE NCAA EAST REGIONAL

The NCAA East Regional starts Thursday at South Carolina’s par-72 University Club and runs through Saturday with 18 holes scheduled to be played each day. The top eight teams and two individuals advance to the NCAA Championships May 19-22 in Tulsa, Okla. Ohio State, the No. 1 seed from the Midwest District, has competed once this season on the host course, taking eighth place out among 16 teams at the rain-shortened Lady Gamecock Classic.

BUCKEYES MAKE 11TH NCAA APPEARANCE

Ohio State is making its fifth consecutive and 11th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. OSU first played in the tourney in 1983. Coach Therese Hession is escorting her sixth unit to the championships in her eight-year stay. Ohio State won the East Regional in 1997 and posted its best NCAA finish (8th) that same season. OSU took fifth place at last year’s East Regional and finished 12th at the NCAA Championships.

BUCKS TAKE HOME BIG TEN CROWN

Ohio State claimed its 10th Big Ten Championship, and second in three years, last weekend at Purdue’s par-72 Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes shot a 1,239 (+87) over four rounds as they earned a 12-stroke win over defending champion Indiana. OSU was paced by junior Amber Amstutz, who registered a runner-up finish with a score of 304, three strokes behind IU’s Erin Carney. Senior Natalie Mosher finished third at 307, while senior Summerset Lovett, after firing a tourney-low 71 in the final round, finished eighth with a score of 314. Junior Lisa Strom took ninth overall with a 315.

HESSION NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR

Ohio State Coach Therese Hession was named Big Ten Coach of the Year after leading the Buckeyes to the 1999 Big Ten Championship. The honor is the third for Hession who was also tabbed in ’97 and ’93. Buckeyes Amber Amstutz, Natalie Mosher and Lisa Strom were all graced with all-Big Ten laurels. Mosher earned her second all-Big Ten award, while Amstutz, the 1997 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and Strom earned their first. 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 are one of 11 teams in the top 25 competing at this week’s NCAA East Regional. 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