April 12, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 10th-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team will play host to the 2005 Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational this weekend on the par 72 OSU Scarlet Course (6,201 yards) in Columbus, Ohio. The first round will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Saturday. Second-round action will start immediately following the completion of the first round. The final round is scheduled to begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Sunday. Complete results can be found online at

The 15-team field competing in the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational includes Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Kent State, Marshall, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ohio, Penn State, Purdue, Toledo and Western Michigan. At No. 10, the Buckeyes are the only team ranked in the Top 25 according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Four other teams are ranked in the Top 50: Purdue (34th), Kent State (36th), Northwestern (44th) and Michigan State (47th).

The 2005 event will mark the 25th Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational. The tournament first began in 1975.

The 1998 Ohio State squad holds the team record for the lowest score (881) in a 54-hole format. Kristen White tied the record for the best individual score with a mark of 214 when she accomplished that feat as a sophomore in 2003, the last time the tournament was held. Bethany Overstake of Ohio State also posted a score of 214 in 1998.

Ohio State did not hold the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational last year. Instead the squad played host to the 2004 Big Ten Championships.

The Buckeyes are the defending champions of the event. They won the tournament the last time it was held in 2003, shooting a score of 886, in front of second place Kent State (916) and Indiana (924). Ohio State posted a mark of 295 in the final round. The event was held at the par 72 University Scarlet Course (6,037 yards) in Columbus.

Ohio State’s Kristen White tied the tournament record with a mark of 214 to win the individual title in her sophomore campaign. Bethany Overstake of Ohio State also shot a 214 at the event in 1998. White broke a school and course record with a career-low 66 in the first round followed by two rounds of 74. Teammate Allison Hanna shot 72 in the final round to finish in second place with a score of 223 (72-79-72). Lindsay Knowlton also had a strong performance as she tied for fourth place at 225 (74-76-75).

The Buckeyes tied for eight place with a score of 921 March 27 at the 2005 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. The Buckeyes posted a final-round score of 306. The event was held at the par 72 University of Georgia Golf Course (6,228 yards) in Athens, Ga.

Ohio State senior Kristen White placed ninth among individuals, finishing with a mark of 223 after shooting two-under 70 in the final round. Classmate Lindsay Knowlton tied for 20th with a score of 228 and junior Brittany Adams tied for 46th with a total of 234.

Host Georgia finished first in the 18-team field, recording a score of 892, 13 strokes ahead of second-place Louisiana State. Georgia’s Kelly Froelich also earned medalist honors, shooting 218.

Senior Kristen White is currently ranked 10th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin poll. Classmate Lindsay Knowlton sits at No. 27.

After eight events, senior Kristen White leads the team with a 73.5 stroke average. Classmated Lindsay Knowlton is second with a 74.4 average. The duo is two of four Buckeyes that have competed in all 24 rounds of action this season. Knowlton 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).

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.

The Buckeyes are ranked second among teams in the central region, according the latest Golfweek/Sagarin poll. Oklahoma State is ranked first and also are ranked seventh among the nation’s elite.

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).

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.

The Buckeyes are averaging a score of 298.5 in the final round this season. That is the best mark of the three rounds, compared to a 299.5 average in the first round and a 300.8 average in the second round. Buckeyes Kristen White and Dana Je also average lower scores in the final round.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

19th HOLE
Ohio State will compete in the 2005 Big Ten Championships April 22-24 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes will shoot for their third-consecutive conference title.