April 5, 2000
Buckeyes Visit Bloomington
The Ohio State women’s golf team returns to the Midwest this weekend, traveling to Bloomington, Ind., for the Indiana Invitational, hosted by Indiana at the par-71 University of Indiana Public Golf Course.
The Indiana Invitational
This year’s Indiana Invitational will serve as a preview to the Big Ten Championship, which is just three weeks away. Ten of the 11 Big Ten schools will participate in the tournament (Penn State is the lone exception). Seven schools participating in the tourney are ranked in the MasterCard top 50, including No. 18 Purdue, No. 19 Indiana, No. 20 Michigan State, No. 27 Northwestern, No. 34 OSU, No. 39 Kent and No. 45 Wisconsin.
Last Year at Indiana
OSU notched a fine performance at last year’s Indiana Invitational, taking runner-up laurels with a score of 937 (+49). Only the host Hoosiers, with a score of 934, topped the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes received strong performances from Lisa Strom and Natalie Mosher, who tied with Minnesota’s Kristi Weichert for medalist honors. Strom then defeated Mosher and Weichert on the second playoff hole to notch her first career championship. OSU placed its four scorers (Amber Amstutz, 11th, Summerset Lovett, 14th) in the top 15.
Fankhauser Takes Big 10 Honor
Freshman Mollie Fankhauser was honored this week as the Big 10 Women’s Golfer of the Week. The honor is the first of Fankhauser’s career and she becomes the first Buckeye to win the award this season. Fankhauser is ranked 75th in the latest Golfweek individual national rankings – the highest ranking of her career.
Players of the Year
Sophomore Jamie Rishel was recently honored as Mid-Ohio Golfer’s Women’s Player of the Year, while former Buckeye Natalie Mosher earned Women’s College Player of the Year honor for the second consecutive year. Rishel, who spent her freshman campaign at Florida, won the Franklin County Women’s Championship in 1999 and qualified for the LPGA Firstar Classic last summer. Senior Amber Amstutz was runner-up to Mosher for Women’s College Division.
The Last Time Out
Led by Mollie Fankhauser’s ninth-place finish, OSU took 12th place at the powerful Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, hosted by Georgia Mar. 31-Apr. 2. OSU registered a score of 938 in the tournament, which featured 15 teams ranked in the MasterCard top 50. Fankhauser shot a career-low 224 as she earned her second-consecutive top-10 finish. She also shot a career-low 71 (-2) in the second round. Amber Amstutz was OSU’s second-highest finisher, taking 37th place with a 234.
Bucks Young But Experienced
Just how young is young? Consider that seven of 11 team members are enjoying their first season as Buckeyes and the answer is extremely young. Mollie Fankhauser, one of four true freshmen, is the only newcomer who has played in all 21 rounds of golf and with that experience touts the lowest stroke average (76.62) on the Buckeye scoreboard. Fankhauser and sophomore transfers Ashley Lowery and Jamie Rishel have posted five of the Top nine tournament scores this season. Another frosh, Mary Lidester, posted a career-best 240 at the TRW Regional Challenge, while sophomore Kelly Moskal had a solid performance at the Lady Buckeye Fall Invitational (245), her debut as a Buckeye.
Welcome Back Caroline
The Bryan National Collegiate marked the official debut for Caroline Keggi as Ohio State’s assistant coach. An all-Big Ten performer for the Buckeyes in 1984, Keggi replaces Christina Geiger, who has left the team due to personal reasons. Keggi was a two-time All-America selection with New Mexico and was the national individual champion in 1987.
Jockeying for Positions
Coach Therese Hession dealt with a shortage of players last year, as just six players battled for the five traveling positions. But the competition for the starting positions has been fierce this year, as all 11 Buckeyes have had an opportunity to travel, giving the players extra motivation in practice and some protection in case of any injuries or illness. The Buckeyes have already had four different lineups in their first six tournaments. Seniors Lisa Strom and Amber Amstutz, and freshman Mollie Fankhauser have competed in all 21 rounds of competition.
OSU Succeeds at Bryan National Collegiate
The Buckeyes recorded their best score of the season, a 920 (+23), taking seventh place at the Bryan National Collegiate, hosted by Wake Forest Mar. 24-26. Mollie Fankhauser paced the Buckeyes with a career-low 224, placing her in a tie for seventh place. Lisa Strom was not far behind, carding a 226 to take 12th place. No. 11 Wake Forest won the title with an 896.
Buckeyes Earn 16th at TRW
Competing in the toughest field to date, the Ohio State Buckeyes placed 16th among 18 squads – 17 which were ranked in the Top 25 – at the TRW Regional Challenge held Feb. 7-9 in Palos Verdes, Calif. The Buckeyes, competing in their first tournament in nearly three months, registered consistent rounds of 314-312-311 to finish with a score of 937. Senior Lisa Strom led the Buckeyes with a 17th-place score of 223.
OSU Handling Tough Schedule
The young Buckeye squad has been put to the test throughout the season, as each of the seven tournaments has featured some of the nation’s top teams. OSU will tackle five ranked squads at this weekend’s Indiana Invitational after battling 14 last weekend.
Defending Big Ten Champs
Ohio State is out to defend its 1999 Big Ten Championship, the school’s 10th such title. The Buckeyes’ 72-hole score (1,239), accumulated by Natalie Mosher, Summerset Lovett, Lisa Strom, Amber Amstutz and Tatiana Belham, was the fifth-best in Big Ten history and was OSU’s best score ever at the Big Tens, breaking the `93 record by one stroke.
Home of 2000 NCAA Regional
The Ohio State University will serve as the host for the 2000 NCAA East Regional May 11-13 at the Scarlet Course. Twenty-four teams will compete in the event.