Feb. 24, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13/15 Ohio State women’s golf team will compete in the Central District Classic Monday, Feb. 24, through Tuesday, Feb. 25. The tournament, hosted by Michigan State University, will be held at the par 72 River Wilderness Country Club (6,113 yards) in Parrish, Fla. The first round of competition will begin with a shotgun start an 8 a.m. Monday, followed immediately by the second round. The final round Tuesday also will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

1. Lindsay Knowlton
2. Kristen White
3. Allison Hanna
4. Erin Borowiec
5. Allyson Harvie

The Central District Classic will feature a field of 15 teams including Baylor, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas State, Kent State, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. The Spartans claimed the 2002 team championship with a score of 884 (296-292-296) while Michigan State’s Stacy Snider earned top individual honors with a mark of 216 (72-71-73).

The Buckeyes are the highest ranked team scheduled to compete in the Central District Classic. The Kent State Golden Flashes peak at No. 25 in the NGCA Coaches Poll. The two squads from Ohio are the only ranked teams in the Top 25 for this week. Ohio State dropped from 12th to 15th in the in the Golfweek/Sagarin perfmorance index for Feb. 16. Individually, sophomore Kristen White is the highest ranked Buckeye at No. 26. Junior Allison Hanna is ranked 31st while Lindsay Knowlton ranks 64th. The NGCA Coaches Poll was released for the first time Feb. 12 and placed the Buckeyes in the No. 13 position.

Ohio State finished tied for 12th place with a score of 636 (+44) in two rounds of play at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge Feb. 10-12. The third round was cancelled because of rainy conditions. The event was held at the par 71 Palos Verdes Golf Club (5,912 yards) in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., and hosted by Ohio State.

Pepperdine finished in first place with a two-round total of 598 (+30) while USC placed second at 604 (+35).

Ohio State sophomore Lindsay Knowlton led the Buckeyes in a tie for 13th place with a score of 152. Kristen White tied for 27th (155) while Allison Hanna tied for 47th (159).

Katherine Hull of Pepperdine took first place honors on the individual leaderboard at 144.

The Buckeyes finished in the Top Seven or better in each of their tournaments during the fall, composing a record of 33-11-1 in four events. Ohio State began the season with a trip across the Pacific to compete in the Topy Cup in Tokyo, Japan. The squad finished second, shooting 875, the lowest team score during the fall season. The Buckeyes posted a fourth-place finish (912) at the NCAA Fall Preview held in West Lafayette, Ind., site of the 2003 NCAA Championships. Ohio State earned third-place finishes at both the Mason Rudolph Championships (902) and Tar Heel Invitational (888). Kristen White recorded a season-high second-place finish (212) at the Tar Heel Invitation. White’s 212 is the lowest tournament score for the Scarlet and Gray this season. Allison Hanna also had a season-high finish at the event, placing third individually. Hanna is the only Buckeye to post Top 5 finishes in all four fall tournaments.

Juniors Allison Hanna and Jennifer Borowiec will serve as Buckeye co-captains in 2002-03. Hanna is a two-year letterwinner at Ohio State and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2001. Borowiec is a one-year letter winner and was given the Buckeye Power Club Award last year for displaying excellence and leadership in the weight room.

Therese Hession, the Ohio State women’s golf coach, has provided the spark necessary to revitalize the program. The former LPGA tour professional became the seventh head coach in the program’s history in 1991, leading the Buckeyes to a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten championships. The following season, her team took the title and Hession received the Big Ten coach of the year award. In the 1994-95 season, Ohio State placed second at the Big Ten championships, advancing to the NCAA east regionals. In 1996-97, her finest season as a Buckeye, Hession was voted Big Ten, Midwest District and National coach of the year, steering the team to an 8th-place NCAA finish and five first-place finishes, including the Big Ten tournament and the NCAA Eastern Regional Championship.

In 2001-02, Hession’s Buckeyes captured the Big Ten Championship and made an eighth-place finish at the NCAA championships in Auburn, Wash. Hession was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the third time as the head coach at Ohio State.

A full-time professional golfer for 11 years, Hession competed in more than 250 LPGA tournaments. She was among the Top 150 in all-time LPGA career money-winners when she wrapped up her career in 1991. As a collegiate player for SMU, Hession led the Mustangs to a national championship in 1979, while earning All-America laurels. She graduated with honors, acquiring a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

The Buckeyes continue the spring schedule with the 31st annual SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational March 9-11 at the University Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla.