May 5, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team will compete in the 2004 NCAA West Regional this week in Stanford, Calif. The Buckeyes are one of 21 teams at the event and the Top 8 squads will move on to battle in the NCAA championships slated for May 18-21 in Auburn, Ala. The tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. Pacific Time Thursday, with the final round schedule for 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Live scoring will be available online at www.golfstat.com. Complete results and further information will also be available at www.gostanford.com.
THE BUCKEYE LINEUP
1. Allison Hanna, Sr.
2. Kristen White, Jr.
3. Lindsay Knowlton, Jr.
4. Allyson Harvie, So.
5. Dana Je, Fr.
The field of 21 teams headed to the West regional include (in order of seeds): UCLA, Ohio State, California, Georgia, Texas, Washington, Stanford, Pepperdine, Arizona State, Oregon, San Franciso, New Mexico State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Brigham Young, Texas Tech, Denver, Washington State, Portland State, Cal State Northridge and Oral Roberts.
In the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Perfomance Index Poll released April 26, UCLA is ranked No. 2 and the Golden Bears of California are ranked at No. 3. The Buckeyes, ranked fourth, are followed by Georgia (seventh), Washington (12th), Texas (15th) and Stanford (23rd). THE PLAYERS
Ohio State’s Allison Hanna and Kristen White are certainly two of the top players who will compete this week at the NCAA West Regional. Hanna and White currently are ranked as the No. 6 and No. 7 players in the country, respectively, according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Perfomance Index.
The only player who will compete this week ranked higher than the Buckeye duo is Charlotte Mayorkas of UCLA at No. 2. The Bruins also have No. 13 Susie Mathews and No. 25 Hannah Jun on their roster. California boasts two ranked players in Sarah Huarte (17th) and Sophia Sheridan (19th), while Pepperdine’s Carolina Llano (18th) and Janice Olivencia of Texas (21st) also figure into the mix.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Despite winning its third-consecutive Big Ten championship, the Buckeyes slipped from third to fourth place in the polls, according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performace Index. Ohio State remains the highest-ranked school from the central district and follow No. 1 Duke, No. 2 UCLA and No. 3 California in the polls.
OSU IN REGIONAL ACTION
The Buckeyes are making their 11th overall and 10th-consecutive appearance at a NCAA regional tournament, all under head coach Therese Hession. This is only the third time Ohio State has been sent to the West regional. The first time came in 2001 when the event was held in Corvallis, Ore., and last year at the tournament in Tempe, Ariz.
LAST YEAR AT THE WEST REGIONAL
The then-No. 16 Ohio State women’s golf team moved on to the NCAA championships after finishing in a tie for fifth place last year at the NCAA West Regional. The Buckeyes finished with a score of 902 (+38), shooting 299, 302 and 301 in 54 holes of competition. The event was held at the par 72 Karsten Golf Course (6,256 yards) in Tempe, Ariz., and hosted by the Arizona State University.
Ohio State’s Allison Hanna and Kristen White tied for 16th place individually with scores of 222. Jennifer Selfinger tallied 226 and finished in a tie for 25th.
2004 BIG TEN CHAMPIONS
Ohio State 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).
Ohio State’s three-consecutive championships tied a conference record also held by OSU. The Buckeyes won three titles from 1983-85.
Buckeye 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 marks the sixth time this season she has place in the Top 5.
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.
Ohio State sophomores Allyson Harvie tied for 17th with a score of 310 and Jennifer Selfinger tied for 21st with a mark of 314. Freshman Dana Je tied for 36th with a score of 321.
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 first-place 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 set the previous record with her mark of 288 in the 2000 event.
Ohio State women’s golfer Allison Hanna was named the 2004 Big Ten player of the year following the final round of the Big Ten Championships in Columbus. Additionally, Hanna and Kristen White were named First Team All-Big Ten. It marked the third career honor for both Hanna and White. Lindsay Knowlton also earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors. It was the second award for Knowlton.
Indiana head coach Sam Carmichael was named Big Ten coach of the year and Northwestern’s Alice Kim earned Big Ten freshman of the year accolades.
2004 ALL-BIG TEN
Allison Hanna, Ohio State
Kristen White, Ohio State
Malinda Johnson, Wisconsin
Allison Fouch, Michigan State
Karen Dennison, Indiana
Danah Ford, Indiana
Sarah Martin, Michigan State
Onnarin Sattayabanphot, Purdue
Laura Olin, Michigan
Beth Hermes, Purdue
Lindsay Knowlton, Ohio State
Ann Marie Kersten, Michigan State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Alice Kim, Northwestern
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Allison Hanna, Ohio State
COACH OF THE YEAR
Sam Carmichael, Indiana
Senior co-captain Allison Hanna leads the Buckeyes with a 72.9 stroke average in all 29 rounds of competition this season. In addition, Hanna has posted a Top 10 finish or better in nine of the 10 competitions this season, including six Top 5 finishes and two wins. Kristen White averages a round of 73.4 and Lindsay Knowlton posts an average of 75.9. White tied her career-low and the school record with a round of 66 during the Florida Quad Match and that round is the lowest of any OSU player this year. Knowlton’s mark of 213 in the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic is a team-best for a54-hole score in an event.
The NGCA has teamed up with The Golf Channel to present the first nationally televised weekly show highlighting college golf. College Golf Central, presented by PING, will be hosted by Jennifer Mills and airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday nights on The Golf Channel.
The NGCA bi-weekly Coaches Polls – official polls of Division I, II and II of the NGCA and exclusive poll of College Central – will be unveiled during the broadcast.
2006 CHAMPIONSHIPS IN COLUMBUS
The NCAA has announced that 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 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 past NCAA Championships. The venue played host to the Men’s Championships a record 10 times. In 1997, the Women’s Championship was played in Columbus for a third time. The site also played host to the Women’s 2000 East Regional and the 2002 Men’s Golf Championships.
Golf Digest has rated the Ohio State Scarlet Golf Course among the best collegiate facilities in the country.
Seniors Allison Hanna and Jennifer Borowiec will once again serve as co-captains for the 2003-04 season. The duo will repeat their duties from a year ago, as the Buckeyes went on to finish fourth at the 2003 NCAA Championships, the highest finish in school history.
Hanna was a 2003 NGCA Second Team All-American and was named First Team All-Big Ten for the second time. She also captured her first career medalist honors at the Big Ten Championships and went on to tie for 11th place at the NCAA Championships.
Borowiec, a fifth-year senior, saw 14 rounds of action last season and finished the year with a 80.36 stroke average. She also serves as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) at Ohio State.
MEET COACH HESSION
Under the leadership of coach Therese Hession, the Ohio State women’s golf team has made a statement as a competitive force not just within the Big Ten, but also around the nation. The upswing is as much a product of the coach’s strong character and commitment as it is the quality of her instruction.
Hession possesses a genuinely warm and caring personality, as well as an overwhelming desire to win. Together, the traits have been a driving force behind the program’s return to the forefront of national prominence.
The former LPGA tour professional became the seventh head coach in the program’s history in 1991. In her inaugural season, she led the Buckeyes to a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten championships-three notches better than the previous year. In just her second season, Hession struck gold, claiming the 1993 conference title, Ohio State’s first championship since 1988. For her efforts, she was voted the Big Ten Coach of the Year by her peers.
The Top 8 teams from each of the three NCAA regional sites will move on to compete at the 2004 NCAA Championships in Auburn, Ala. The event will be held May 18-21.