May 21, 2004
OPELIKA, Ala. – Ohio State women’s golfer Allison Hanna (Sr., Portland, Ore./David Douglas) was named National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) First Team All-America Friday at the annual NGCA awards banquet at the site of the 2004 NCAA Championships in Opelika, Ala. Teammate Kristen White (Jr., Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) was named NGCA Second Team All-America.
“(Allison) is highly deserving of it,” Therese Hession, Ohio State head coach, said. “She has had a great year and been very consistent. Kristen has had a good year too. Both of them have improved from last year. I am really proud of them.”
Hanna is the second First Team All-American in women’s golf history at Ohio State. The first was Cheryl Stacy in 1975. It is the second-consecutive year Hanna has been named an All-American. She was voted to Second Team in 2003. Hanna also was named to the NCAA All-Regional Team at the banquet. She finished second at the West Regional earlier this month.
“It’s a great honor,” Hanna said. “It was a goal I set for myself during my freshman year so it feels great to finally achieve it.”
Hanna, a senior co-captain, led the Buckeyes this season with a 72.6 stroke average. She has posted eight Top 5 finishes this season, including wins at the Lady Northern Intercollegiate and the Mercedes-Benz Championships. She is a three-time All-Big Ten selection and was named 2004 Big Ten player of the year.
White is second on the team with a 73.7 stroke average. She tied the school record in March with a round of 66 during a one-day quad match in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. White has four Top 5 finishes on the year and also is a three-time All-Big Ten selection.
Ohio State head coach Therese Hession also was named the Central Region coach of the year. She has led the Buckeyes to eight-consecutive NCAA championships appearances (10 total) and six Big Ten championships in 13 years at the helm of the Buckeye program. “A coach is only as good as her players,” Hession said. “I got to coach the best team we have ever had this year. They earned that one for me.”
The Buckeyes will conclude the season at 9 a.m. tomorrow when the squad finishes the final round of the 2004 NCAA Championships.