May. 2, 2005
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 10th-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team will compete in the NCAA east regional May 5-7 in Gainesville, Fla. The Buckeyes received the Big Ten’s automatic bid to NCAA regional competition after winning their fourth-consecutive conference tournament. First-round action is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by the second round at 7:30 a.m. Friday. The final round will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. 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.
The field of 21 teams competing in the east regional includes nine conference champions: Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference), Ohio State (Big Ten), Tulane (Conference USA), Furman (Southern Conference), Coastal Carolina (Big South), Princeton (Ivy Group), James Madison (Colonial Athletic Association), Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference) and Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley Conference). The remainder of the teams, who received an at-large bid, include Pepperdine, Washington, Florida, Virginia, UNC-Wilmington, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Miami (Fla.), East Carolina and Campbell.
According to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin poll released April 27, seven of the 21 teams competing in the east regional are ranked in the Top 25 and 15 are in the Top 50. Duke currently is ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation, followed by No. 6 Pepperdine, No. 8 Washington, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 11 Florida, No. 13 Tulane and No. 19 Furman.
Duke’s Brittany Lang and Elizabeth Janangelo are the highest ranked east regional players in the latest poll. Lang is ranked second and Janangelo is third. Ohio State senior Kristen White is the next highest player at No. 12. Tulane’s Alison Walsch (No. 14), Washington’s Paige MacKenzie (No. 17) and Blue Devil Anna Grzebien (No. 18), along with Buckeye Lindsay Knowlton (No. 20), all rank among the Top 20. Jenny Suh from Furman, N. Aazam-Zanganeh of Duke and Pepperdine’s Carolina Llano hold spots 22, 24 and 25, respectively.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State remains in the No. 10 spot among nationally-ranked teams in the April 27 Golfweek/Saragin Performance Index. In the player rankings, Kristen White is ranked 12th and Lindsay Knowlton is 20th.
In the National Golf Coaches Association (NCGA) Coaches Poll released April 14, the Buckeyes are ranked 11th.
OHIO STATE AT REGIONALS
The Buckeyes are making their 12th overall and 11th consecutive appearance in the NCAA regionals, all under head coach Therese Hession. Ohio State was sent to the east regional for the first time since 2000, when the event was held in Columbus. The Buckeyes were sent to the west regional in 2003 and 2004.
LAST YEAR AT REGIONALS
The then-fourth-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team qualified for its eighth-consecutive NCAA championships appearance May 8 with a sixth-place finish at the 2004 NCAA West Regional. The Buckeyes posted a final round score of 296, their lowest of the tournament. The event was held at the par 72 Stanford Golf Course (6,159 yards) in Stanford, Calif., and hosted by Stanford University.
UCLA topped the field of 21 with a total score of 861 while California finished second with a mark of 868.
Ohio State then-senior co-captain Allison Hanna concluded a solid tournament with a second-place finish to lead the Buckeyes. Hanna posted a final score of two-under 70 and finished the tournament with a total of 211.
Then-juniors Lindsay Knowlton and Kristen White tied for 41st and 45th place, respectively. Sophomore Allyson Harvie tied for 57th while freshman Dana Je tied for 92nd place.
UCLA’s Hanna Jun captured medalist honors as she finished with a three-round total of 209.
2005 BIG TEN CHAMPIONS
Ohio State won its fourth-consecutive Big Ten championship April 24 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The final round was cancelled because of snow accumulation on the golf course and the tournament was shortened to 54 holes. The Buckeyes, who finished with a mark of 900, won the team title by 32 strokes. The event was held at the par 72 University of Michigan Golf Course (5,966 yards).
Ohio State senior Kristen White claimed medalist honors and captured her first individual crown of the season, finishing with a 54-hole total of 222. Teammate Lindsay Knowlton placed second on the individual leaderboard with a mark of 225 and Jennifer Selfinger finished third with a score of 226. Additionally, Dana Je tied for fourth place with a total of 227.
Ohio State claimed its 11th Big Ten title since the conference began sponsoring championships for women during the 1981-82 season. Four consecutive wins also sets a league record. Ohio State tied the record last season with its third-consecutive win. White also is the ninth medalist winner for the Buckeye program in the 24-year history of the championships.
Senior Kristen White was named the 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year April 24 at the Big Ten championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. White claimed medalist honors at the event and captured her first individual crown of the season, finishing with a 54-hole total of 222. It is the second time in her career she has been named Big Ten player of the year. She also won the award in 2002 as a sophomore. White is the program’s first two-time player of the year.
White helped the Buckeyes to their fourth-consecutive conference championship over the weekend. Ohio State finished with a total score of 900, a 32-stroke win over second place Michigan.
Additionally, White and fellow senior Lindsay Knowlton were selected as first team all-conference honorees. It is the fourth All-Big Ten selection for White, the most by any Ohio State women’s golfer, and the third honor for Knowlton.
Teammates Dana Je and Jennifer Selfinger were named to second team, marking the first honor for each. Four All-Big Ten honorees is the most the women’s golf program has had in one year.
Ohio State head coach Therese Hession, currently in her 14th season, was named the 2005 Big Ten Coach of the Year. Hession earned her seventh Big Ten championship and was dubbed coach of the year for the sixth time of her career.
Buckeye junior Erin Borowiec also is Ohio State’s recipient of the Big Ten sportsmanship award, given to the individual who has distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior.
WHITE, KNOWLTON PACE BUCKEYES
After 10 events, senior Kristen White leads the team with a 73.6 stroke average. Classmate Lindsay Knowlton is second with a 74.1 average. The duo is two of four Buckeyes that have competed in all 30 rounds of action this season. Knowlton won her first career tournament at the Lady Buckeye Invitational (April 17) and also finished second at the Big Ten championships (April 24). White’s best finish was at the Big Ten championships, where she earned medalist honors. Both White and Knowlton have four Top 5 finishes on the season.
Sophomore Dana Je and junior Jennifer Selfinger are the other two Buckeyes that have competed in every round. Selfinger and Je’s best showings also came at the 2005 Big Ten Championships (April 24), where Selfinger placed third and Je tied for fourth. 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.
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 297.8 in the final round this season. That is the best mark of the three rounds, compared to a 299.2 average in the first round and a 301 average in the second round. Buckeyes Kristen White and Dana Je also average lower scores in the final round.
The Big Ten Conference announced April 20 that Ohio State senior golfer Lindsay Knowlton has been named the Big Ten golfer of the week. Knowlton won her first career tournament at the Lady Buckeye Invitational. The event marked her final competitive outing on the OSU Scarlet Course.
Knowlton, who was then ranked 19th in the nation by Golfweek/Sagarin, posted rounds of 73-73-68 to finish with a final score of 214 (-2) at the event. That score tied the course record, held by teammate Kristen White (2002) and former Buckeye Bethany Overstake (1998). Knowlton helped Ohio State to a second-place finish at the Lady Buckeye Invitational, including a tournament-low score of 288 in the final round.
The award was the first career honor for Knowlton.
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 was 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.
The Top 8 teams from the east regional will move on to compete in the 2005 NCAA Championships May 17-20 in Sunriver, Ore. The Buckeyes are vying for their ninth consecutive NCAA championships appearance.