April 19, 2005
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 10th-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team will compete in the 2005 Big Ten Championships April 22-24 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes are eying their fourth-consecutive win at the event. Two rounds are scheduled for Friday, beginning at 8 a.m., with the second round to follow after completion of the first. The third round is slated for an 8 a.m. start Saturday and the final round will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday. At the conclusion of the final round, awards will be presented, including the announcement of the all-Big Ten honorees, player of the year, coach of the year and freshman of the year. Live scoring will be available online at www.golfstat.com.
THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
1. Kristen White, Sr.
2. Lindsay Knowlton, Sr.
3. Dana Je, So.
4. Jennifer Selfinger, Jr.
5. Carling Coffing, Fr.
6. Brittany Adams, Jr.
A LOOK AT THE COMPETITION
The field of 11 teams from the Big Ten Conference includes Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. Ohio State is the defending champion, winning the 2004 event by 17 strokes.
OSU IN THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Since the championships began in 1974, Ohio State has claimed 13 team titles, with the first win coming in 1979. The Buckeyes also have claimed 10 individual crowns, including a stretch of seven years from 1979-85 when an Ohio State player earned medalist honors. Kelly Trent was the first program member to win the individual title in 1979. In addition, three Buckeyes have earned medalist honors twice: Cathy Kratzert (1982, 83), Cheryl Stacy (1984, 85) and Mollie Fankhauser (2001, 02). The last Buckeye to win the Big Ten championship was Allison Hanna in 2003.
HESSION AT BIG TENS
Currently in her 14th season at the helm of the women’s golf program, Therese Hession has led the Buckeyes to six Big Ten championships. Hession’s first conference title came in 1993, in just her second season as head coach. Ohio State also has claimed titles in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2004. Hession has been named Big Ten coach of the year five times.
LAST YEAR AT BIG TENS
The then-third-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team shot 293 April 25 in the final round of the 2004 Big Ten Championships to claim its third-consecutive conference crown. The Buckeyes finished with a score of 1,999, 17 strokes ahead of second-place Indiana (1,216). The event was held at the par 72 Ohio State University Scarlet Course (6,201 yards).
Then-senior Allison Hanna finished second on the individual leaderboard with a score of 292. Hanna fired a round of 73 (+1) on her final day of competition on the Scarlet Course. Her second-place finish marked her sixth Top 5 finish of the season.
Then-junior Kristen White finished the final round with a 73 to move from fifth to third place on the final day. White totaled a mark of 296 for the tournament.
Allyson Harvie tied for 17th with a score of 310 and Jennifer Selfinger tied for 21st with a mark of 314. Then-freshman Dana Je tied for 36th with a score of 321.
Then-junior Lindsay Knowlton posted a final-round mark of 74. Because she was disqualified for the third round (club violation), she finished 66th individually.
Indiana’s Danah Ford claimed medalist honors with a score of 287 and set a record for the lowest 72-hole score in the Big Ten championships. Emily Bastel of Michigan State held the previous record with her mark of 288 in the 2000 event.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes shot a tournament-low 288 in the final round to finish second Sunday at the 25th Lady Buckeye Invitational. Senior Lindsay Knowlton, who was playing for the final time competitively on her home course, won her first career collegiate tournament, shooting two-under 214. The event was held at the par 72 OSU Scarlet Course (6,201 yards) in Columbus.
Knowlton shot a round of 68 (-4) on the final day of competition to finish at two-under. She also tied the course record held by teammate Kristen White and former Buckeye Bethany Overstake. White tied the record in 2002 and Overstake set the mark in 1998.
White posted a final-round mark of 70 (-2) to finish in a tie for sixth place on the individual leaderboard with a score of 223. Junior Jennifer Selfinger tallied a 74 in the final round and tied for 16th place with a mark of 229.
In addition, Knowlton, White and Emily Kuhfeld played their final round of competitive golf on the Scarlet Course.
WHITE, KNOWLTON PACE BUCKEYES
After nine regular season events, senior Kristen White leads the team with a 73.5 stroke average. Classmate Lindsay Knowlton is second with a 74.0 average. The duo are two of four Buckeyes that have competed in all 27 rounds of action this season. Knowlton won her first career tournament at the Lady Buckeye Invitational (April 17). She also recorded two third-place finishes in the fall at the Mercedes-Benz Championships (Oct. 10) and The Landfall Tradition (Oct. 31). White’s best finish was a third-place showing at both the Lady Gator Invitational (March 5) and at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge (Feb. 9). Both White and Knowlton have three Top 5 finishes this season.
Sophomore Dana Je and junior Jennifer Selfinger are the other two Buckeyes that have competed in every round. Je’s best finish was sixth at the Mercedes-Benz Championships and Selfinger tied for sixth at the Lady Northern Invitational (Sept. 12). Rookie Carling Coffing returned to action in early March at the Lady Gator Invitational after missing the first two events of the spring season. Coffing’s best finish was 17th at the Lady Northern Invitational (Sept. 12), her first tournament as a collegiate golfer.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Senior Kristen White is currently ranked 11th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin poll. After her win at the Lady Buckeye Invitational, classmate Lindsay Knowlton jumped from 27th to 19th in the rankings.
SECOND IN CENTRAL REGION
The 10th-ranked Buckeyes are ranked second among teams in the central region, according the latest Golfweek/Sagarin poll. Oklahoma State is ranked the highest among teams in the central region and also is ranked seventh among the nation’s elite.
67 IS THE LOW
Seniors Lindsay Knowlton and Kristen White share the season-best for the lowest round of the season. Knowlton shot a career-best 67 in the final round of The Landfall Tradition (Oct. 31) to place third in the event. White posted a round of 67 on the first day of the NCAA Fall Preview (Sept. 20).
MORE LOW SCORES
Ohio State’s team score of 874 at the Mercedes-Benz Championships (Oct. 8-10) is the season-best mark in a tournament for the Buckeyes this season. The lowest team score in a round is 285. Ohio State shot 285 in the final round of The Landfall Tradition (Oct. 31), the final tournament of the fall season.
BEST IN FINAL ROUND
The Buckeyes are averaging a score of 297.3 in the final round this season. That is the best mark of the three rounds, compared to a 299.4 average in the first round and a 301.5 average in the second round. Buckeyes Kristen White and Dana Je also average lower scores in the final round.
WHITE EARNS FIRST BIG TEN GOLFER OF THE WEEK AWARD
The Big Ten Conference announced that Ohio State senior golfer Kristen White earned the league’s first honor of the 2005 season. White finished third at the 10th annual Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge Feb. 7-9 in Palos Verdes, Calif.
White posted rounds of 76-73-71 to finish with a final score of 220 (+7) at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. She helped the Buckeyes to an eighth-place finish in their first tournament of the spring season.
The award is the fourth career honor for White, who last earned the award in February of last year.
THE FALL … IN BRIEF
The Buckeyes posted a record of 49-11-1 in the four tournaments on the fall schedule. Ohio State started the season with a second-place finish at the Lady Northern Invitational held in Ann Arbor, Mich., site of the 2005 Big Ten Championships. The squad then headed west for the NCAA Fall Preview and finished ninth among 21 teams invited to play in the event in Sunriver, Ore., where the NCAA championships will be held in May. The Buckeyes claimed their first team title of the season with a first-place finish at the Mercedes-Benz Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. Ohio State rounded out the fall schedule at The Landfall Tradition, where the squad tied for third place.
HESSION INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME
Therese Hession, head coach of the Ohio State women’s golf team, was inducted into the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Hall of Fame Jan. 11 at the annual conference in New Orleans, La. Hession, who was nominated by fellow coach Jill Briles-Hinton of Florida, was among four honorees.
Dana Dormann (San Jose State) and Renee Heiken Slone (Illinois) were also inducted into the NGCA Hall of Fame. Former Washington women’s coach Edean Ihlanfeldt was the recipient of the Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award. Currently, there are 38 coaching members and 46 player members of the NGCA Hall of Fame.
KNOWLTON REPRESENTS CANADA
Ohio State senior golfer Lindsay Knowlton helped Team Canada tie for second place with a final score of 570 (-6) Oct. 20-23 at the Women’s World Amateur Championship in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The Canadian squad posted a final-round score of 145 and tied for second with the United States.
Knowlton tied for 50th place on the individual leaderboard that boasted over 140 of the best amateur players from around the world. She posted a round of 78 on the final day.
2006 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS SET
The Ohio State University will serve as the host institution for the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships in 2006. The event will be played on the par 72 University Scarlet Course (6,201 yards) in Columbus.
The Scarlet Course has played host to tournaments such as the Rolex Fall Preview, Big Ten championships and NCAA championships. The venue played host to the men’s championships a record 10 times. In 1997, the women’s championships were played in Columbus for a third time. The site also played host to the women’s east regional in 2000 and, most recently, the 2002 Men’s NCAA Championships.
Golf Digest has rated the Ohio State Scarlet Golf Course among the best collegiate facilities in the country.
HESSION INKS 05-06 BUCKEYES
Therese Hession has announced the signing of three recruits to national letters of intent for next season. Stephanie Connelly (Pasadena, Md./The Pendelton School), Jessica Hauser (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) and Jennifer Cassidy (Daltor, Ga./Baylor School) will represent the Buckeye freshman class of 2005-06.
Connelly is a two-time POLO/AJGA Junior All-American and has won three Maryland High School state titles. As junior golfer, she has nine AJGA Top 5 finishes, including a first-place finish at the 2003 AJGA Taylor-Made Adidas at Bentwood event. Connelly, who tallied a 72.6 stroke average for her high school career, also has four PGA junior series wins and was named the 2001 PGA Junior Player of the Year. Additionally, she is a two-time Baltimore women’s amateur champion and a two-time Maryland state junior girls champion.
Hauser is a three-time captain and most valuable player at Arrowhead High School. She is a four-time all-conference selection and a three-time all-state honoree. Hauser helped Arrowhead to a state championship in 2004 and was runner-up in the state tournament the past two years. Hauser also was named the 2004 Wisconsin Player of the Year.
Cassidy was a two-time GHSA all-state selection at Dalton High School. After taking her junior year off, Cassidy returned to the course and was a TSSA all-state selection as a senior while competing for Baylor School. She has recorded five AJGA Top 10 and one Top 5 finish. Cassidy has 37.26 nine-hole average and her lowest round in 18 holes of competition was a 66.
Teams who have advanced to compete in the NCAA regionals will be announced Monday, April 25. The east regional will be hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., the central regional will be held in Lubbock, Texas, and hosted by Texas Tech University, and the west regional will be hosted by New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M. Regional action is scheduled for May 6-8. The 2005 NCAA Championships are slated for May 17-20 in Sunriver, Ore., and hosted by Oregon State University.