April 24, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State women’s golf team travels to Urbana, Ill., to compete in the 2002 Big Ten Championships Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28. The event, hosted by Illinois, will be played at the Par 72 Stone Creek Golf Club. The Big Ten championship consists of 72 holes of play, with the first and second rounds set for Friday, April 26. Second-round action will continue Saturday while the final round is slated for Sunday.

The No. 4 Buckeyes top Big Ten teams ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin Poll this week. Michigan State rankes 12th while Purdue slips into the Top 25 at No. 22. Individually, Michigan State’s Emily Bastel is the highest-ranked player in the Big Ten at No.13. Five of the six Buckeyes that will compete in the Big Ten Championships are ranked in the Top 100 in the nation.

Golfweek/Sagarin Team Rankings
April 22 Poll

4. Ohio State
12. Michigan State
22. Purdue
26. Michigan
32. Northwestern
35. Indiana
53. Wisconsin
55. Penn State
56. Illinois
57. Minnesota
75. Iowa

Golfweek/Sagarin Top 100 Rankings
13. Emily Bastel, Michigan State
28. Mollie Fankhauser, Ohio State
48. Allison Fouch, Michigan State
52. Kristen White, Ohio State
55. Ashley Lowery, Ohio State
58. Katie Futcher, Penn State
59. Natalie Aber, Ohio State
60. Kari Damron, Purdue
63. Stacy Snider, Michigan State
71. Allison Hanna, Ohio State
82. Kim Benedict, Michigan
92. Katie Connelly, Wisconsin
93. Hana Kim, Northwestern
The Michigan State Spartans took home the 2001 Big Ten Championship with a score of 1,219, besting runers-up Indiana and Northwestern by 11 strokes. Michigan State’s score was the fourth-lowest winning team score in Big Ten history. The Buckeyes finished sizth overall with a team score of 1,239. Individually, Mollie Fankhauser earned medalist honors with a score of 301. Fankhauser was dubbed Big Ten Player of the Year after her peformance. Purdue’s Kari Damron and Allison Fouch of Michigan State tied for second place at 303, two strokes behind Fankhauser. The 2001 championship was hosted by Minnesota at the Par 72 Les Bolstad University of Minnesota Golf Course (5,979 yards).

2001 Big Ten Championship Team Scores 1. Michigan State 1,219 2. Indiana 1,230 Northwestern 1,230 4. Purdue 1,235 Minnesota 1,235 6. Ohio State 1,239 7. Michigan 1,248 8. Wisconsin 1,271 9. Penn State 1,284 10. Iowa 1,287 11. Illinois 1,300

Top 10 Finishers 1. Mollie Fankhauser, OSU 301 2. Kari Damron, PUR 303 Allison Fouch, MSU 303 4. Stacy Snider, MSU 304 5. Tiffany Fisher, IND 305 6. Allie Blomquist, WIS 306 Karyn Strordahl, MIN 306 8. Hana Kim, NW 307 Bess Bowers, MICH 307 10. Ashley Lowery, OSU 308 Natalie Tucker, IND 308 Emily Bastel, MSU 308

2001 Big Ten Awards
Player of the Year: Mollie Fankhauser, Ohio State
Freshman of the Year: Allison Hanna, Ohio State
Coach of the Year: Stacy Slobodnik, Michigan State

Rain washed out the final round of the 2002 Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational Sunday, making results final after the first two rounds Saturday. The tournament was held at the Par 72 OSU Scarlet Golf Course (6,037 yards). The No. 4 Ohio State Scarlet team finished in second place with a score of 603.

Senior Natalie Aber tied for second place with a 149. Allison Hanna finished tied in fifth place with a 150 while Kristen White placed ninth at 152.

Kent State freshman Gabby Wedding earned medallist honors with a score of 147. Wedding’s second round score of 68 was the lowest round of the event. The Golden Flashes also took first place as a team with a composite score of 597.

The Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational marked the last home competition for seniors Aber, Ashley Lowery, Kelly Moskal and Jamie Rishel.

OSU finished third with a composite score of 885 at the 2002 Bryan National Collegiate April 5-7in Brown Summit, N.C. The fifth-annual tournament, hosted by Wake Forest and UNC Greensboro, was held at the Par 72 Park Champions Golf Course (5,997). The Buckeyes shot a 295 in the third round. No. 2 Duke finished first with a team score of 870 while Georgia placed second at 882.

Lowery paced the Buckeyes in a tie for third place individually, shooting a 215. Fankhauser placed 11th with a score of 222 while Kristen White finished tied for 15th.

Duke’s Viranda Nirapathpongporn birdied the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to take individual medalist honors, edging out Georgia’s Angela Jerman. Both players finished regular competition with scores of 211.

The Buckeyes finished in fourth place March 26 at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Classic, hosted by Texas at the Par 71 Barton Creek-Palmer Lakeside Course in Austin, Texas. Ohio State shot a 933 (+81) for the tournament, 13 strokes behind champion and second-ranked Duke. Third-ranked Texas nabbed runner-up honors (923), while Oklahoma took third (929).

Allison Hanna had a stellar tournament, finishing in a sixth-place tie with a 227 (+14). She fired a team-best 74 in the final round. Kristen White also had a fine showing, as she fired a 229 to tie for 10th place. Mollie Fankhauser, after struggling in the first two rounds, posted a 75 in the final round en route to a 20th-place 237 over three rounds. Ashley Lowery, competing as an individual, recorded a 241 to tie for 31st.

Natalie Aber finished 49th with a 248, while Lindsay Knowlton took 54th with a 249.

Ohio State captured first place at the Verizon ‘Mo’Morial Invitational held March 4-5 at the Par 72 Briarcrest Country Club (6,100) in Bryan, Texas. The competition, hosted by Texas A&M University, was cut down to 36 holes.

All five Buckeyes finished in the Top 13 places individually. Fankhauser finished first with a score of 150 (+6). White finished in fourth place with a score of 153 (+9) while Aber finished 10th with a score of 156 (+12). Jennifer Borowiec and Hanna tied for 13th with scores of 158 (+14).

OSU finished in a tie for second place at the Central District Invitational Feb. 26 at the Par 72 River Wilderness Country Club (6,109) in Parrish, Fla. The Buckeyes shot a team score of 895, tied with Big Ten foe Purdue.

The Michigan State Spartans had the top three finishers individually to win the tournament with a team score of 884. Stacy Snider finished first with a score of 216 (E).

Ohio State had team scores of 297 in the second round played late Monday and the final round held Tuesday. Aber was the highest finisher for the Buckeyes, shooting a 221 (+5) to tie for sixth place. White shot a 70 in the second round to finish tied for 10th with 224 (+8). Hanna also had a Top 20 finish, shooting a 226 in a tie for 19th place.

The Buckeyes placed 16th after the final round of the TRW Regional Challenge Feb 13 at the Par 71 Palos Verdes Golf Club (5, 912) in Palos Verdes, Calif. Ohio State, who remained in 16th place through the tournament, shot a team score of 310 in the third round to finish with a score of 929.

Fankhauser was the highest finisher for OSU with a score of 228 (+15) in a tie for 26th place. White finished in a tie for 43rd with a score of 232 (+19) while Aber also had a Top 50 finish, shooting a 234 while competing as an individual.

No. 2 Tulsa claimed first place honors with a team score of 870 (+18). Texas finished second (893) and Oklahoma State was third (900). After finishing second a year ago, Arizona’s Lorena Ochoa finished first individually with a score of 206 (-7).

Ohio State started 2001-02 with a record of 60-10-1, competing in four tournaments during the fall season.

The Buckeyes tied for seventh place, posting a composite score of 920 (+56) Oct. 28 after the final round of the 31st Lady Paladin Invitational. Competition was held at the Par 72 Furman University Golf Course (5,984) in Greenville, S.C. The Buckeyes posted a third-round score of 302 to close the tournament.

Top-ranked Auburn claimed first-place honors with a team score of 893 (+29). The Tigers posted a 294 in the third round, the lowest score of the tournament. Reigning U.S. Amateur Champion Meredith Duncan of Louisiana State captured individual honors with a 216 (E).

Lowery tied for tenth place with a final score of 225 (+9). Fankhauser also finished in the Top 20 tied for 14th with a score of 227 (+11).

Ohio State started 2001-02 with a record of 60-10-1, competing in four tournaments during the fall season.

The Buckeyes placed second with a team score of 923 (+59) at the Big Twelve Invitational held Oct. 1-2. The tournament was hosted on the Par 72 Karsten Creek Golf Course (6,024) by Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. The Cowboys shot a composite 908 (+44) to best the 16-team field.

Lowery finished tied in the fifth spot, compiling a score of 227 (+11) for her first top-five finish of the season. Fankhauser shot 232 (+16) and tied for 15th place while Hanna tied in the 19th position with a score of 234 (+18). Knowlton and Aber placed in the Top 30 with scores of 237 and 238, respectively.

OSU finished fourth at the rain shortened NCAA Fall Preview Sept. 26 held at the Par 72 Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Washington. The Buckeyes completed 36 holes of play with a score of 594 (+18), three strokes behind co-champions Auburn and Texas (591). Tulsa finished third (592).

Standing water on the greens postponed second-round and forced teams to complete competition Wednesday morning. Conditions worsened throughout the day, leading to the cancellation of the final round.

Aber and Fankhauser each shot 146 (+2) to tie for ninth place Knowlton shot 147 (+3), for a 14th-place finish. Arizona’s Lorena Ochoa earned the individual medallist honor with a score of 139 (-5).

The Buckeyes shot a single round, school record 278 Tuesday to claim its first title of the 2001-02 season, the inaugural Mason Rudolph Championship held Sept. 17-18 at the Par 72, Legends Club of Tennessee Ironhorse Course (6,223 yards).

OSU, four strokes behind host Vanderbilt entering the final round, finished 10-under-par and three under after 54 holes of play at 861, another team record. The Commodores shot just the opposite, 10 over, finishing 16 strokes behind the Buckeyes with 877.

Rounding out the top five were Furman (887), Alabama (899) and North Carolina (902).

Ohio State was propelled in the final 18 holes by Fankhauer who tied the OSU single-round record with a career low 67 (-5). Fankhauser finished fourth (215) behind Aber who shot a two-under-par 214. Knowlton completed her first collegiate tournament one over at 217, claiming fifth place. Furman’s Jennifer Perri (210) was the individual medallist, with a 6-under-par total of 210.

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 and led 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 Hession was voted 1997 Big Ten, Midwest District and National Coach of the Year. In addition to the 8th place NCAA finish, she helped lead the team to five first place finishes including the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA cluding the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Eastern Regional Championships.

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 Bachelors in business administration.

The Ohio State women’s golf team has teamed up with the National Golf Coaches Association to participate in the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Birdies for Wishes program, benefiting children who are terminally ill.

For every birdie recorded in competition by a Buckeye during the 2001-02 campaign, friends, family and fans may make pledges. Pledges of 25 cents, 50 cents, $1 or $5 per birdie will be accepted in addition to one-time contributions. At the end of the year, all contributions will be made to the Columbus chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the name of the Ohio State women’s golf team.

Ohio State women’s golf coach Therese Hession announced the signing of two recruits for the 2002-03 season. Brittany Adams from Huntington, W.V., and Allyson Harvie from Grass Valley, Calif., will continue their academic and athletic careers at Ohio State next fall.

Adams’ previous accomplishments include being a member of the 2000 boys golf team that won the West Virginia State High School AAA Championship. She was also the 1998 and 1999 West Virginia Junior Girls State Runner-up. Additionally, she was named the West Virginia Junior Player of the Year (boys and girls) and claimed the West Virginia Junior Girls Championship. Adams also won the Women’s State Amateur Championship, being the second youngest in its 78-year history.

At Bear Ricer High School, Harvie earned SFL (Sierra Foothill League) medalist honors in 54-of-56 matches played this season and was the SFL Most Valuable Player as a sophomore and a junior. She has been named to the SFL All-League Team four years running. Harvie also won the NCPGA Junior Championship this past summer.

Teams selected to compete in the 2002 NCAA Women’s Golf Regionals will be announced Monday, April 29. Regionals will be hosted by Michigan State.