Feb. 20, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The eighth-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team will travel to Parrish, Fla., to compete in the Central District Invitational Feb. 21-22. The event will be held at the par 72 River Wilderness Country Club (6.009 yards). The first round will begin Monday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The second round will start following the completion of the first round. The final round is scheduled for a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Live scoring and complete results can be found at

1. Kristen White
2. Lindsay Knowlton
3. Dana Je
4. Jennifer Selfinger
5. Carling Coffing

The field of 15 teams competing in the Central District Invitational includes: Arkansas, Baylor, Indiana, Kansas State, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Southern Methodist, Texas A&M and Texas.

Besides the eighth-ranked Buckeyes, Missouri is the highest ranked team to compete this weekend at No. 13. Louisiana State sits at No. 14, followed by No. 17 Texas, No. 20 Arkansas and No. 24 Southern Methodist.

Seniors Kristen White and Lindsay Knowlton are both ranked among the Top 25 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Poll. After a third-place finish at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, White moved up to 14th place and Knowlton is not far behind in 17th.

After four events of the fall and the opening tournament of the spring season, Kristen White and Lindsay Knowlton lead the Buckeyes with stroke averages of 73.3 and 73.5, respectively. Knowlton recorded two third-place finishes during the fall at the Mercedes-Benz Championships and The Landfall Tradition. White’s best finish also is a third-place showing at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge earlier this month. Sophomore Dana Je and junior Jennifer Selfinger are the only other two Buckeyes to have competed in all 15 rounds of the season, along with Knowlton and White. Je’s best finish was sixth at the Mercedes-Benz Championships and Selfinger tied for sixth at the Lady Northern Invitational.

The Big Ten Conference has announced that Ohio State senior golfer Kristen White has earned the league’s first honor of the 2005 season. White finished third at the 10th annual Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge this week in Palos Verdes, Calif.

White, ranked 14th in the nation by Golfweek/Sagarin, posted rounds of 76-73-71 to finish with a final score of 220 (+7) at the event. She helped the Buckeyes to an eighth-place finish in their first tournament of the spring season.

The award is the fourth career for White, who last earned the honor in February of last year.

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.

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.

Hession is in her 14th year at the helm of the Buckeye women’s golf program. She has led the Buckeyes to six Big Ten championships and nine appearances in the national championships, including the last eight consecutive years. Hession, a five-time Big Ten coach of the year honoree, was the 1997 National Coach of the Year. In 2003, she led the Buckeyes to a school-best fourth-place finish at the NCAA championships.

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 140 of the best amateur players from around the world. She posted a round of 78 on the final day.

The NCAA has announced 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 NCAA Championships.

Golf Digest has rated the Ohio State Scarlet Golf Course among the best collegiate facilities in the country.

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.

19th HOLE
Ohio State returns to action March 4-6 at the Lady Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.