April 4, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State women’s golf team (100-29-2) travels to Browns Summit, N.C., April 5-7 to compete in the 2002 Bryan National Collegiate. The event, hosted by Wake Forest and UNC Greensboro, will be held at the Par 72 Bryan Park Champions Course (6,064 yards). The 17-team field includes Duke, Furman, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, NC State, Northwestern, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Purdue, Tennessee, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington and Wake Forest. The three-day, 54-hole tournament begins Friday, April 5 at 8:30 a.m. Second round action Saturday will also have an 8:30 a.m. start while the final round Sunday will be a shotgun start.

The fifth annual Bryan National Collegiate features four Big Ten schools (Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue). Georgia, the 2001 NCAA Champion, will also compete. In addition, eight of the field’s teams have maintained their position in the Top 25 of the Golfweek rankings for the majority of the season, including No. 2 Duke, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 6 Tennessee, No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 13 Georgia, No. 17 Wake Forest, No. 19 Purdue and No. 25 Furman. Individually, there will be eigh players present who rank in the Golfweek Top 25 poll.

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.

Ohio State 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.

The preview, which served as a tune-up to the 2002 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, featured the nation’s top talent. 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.