May 19, 2005

SUNRIVER, Ore. – The eighth-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team posted 296 Wednesday in the second round of the 2005 NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes moved from 12th place to sixth with a mark of 597, including a score of 301 from the first round. The event is being held at the par 71 Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort (6,312 yards) in Sunriver, Ore.

When the Buckeyes teed off at 9 a.m., the rain slowly began but picked up and added to the chilly weather. The sun started to show around 11 a.m. but was hidden again by the clouds. Strong winds were the main factor on the back nine.

Ohio State sophomore Dana Je (Orland, Fla./Montverde Academy) shot one-under 70 to lead the Buckeyes in the second round. Je’s 70 also was the lowest round of the day in the field of over 120 players from around the nation. She is currently tied for fifth place in the individual leaderboard with a mark of 145 (+3).

Senior Kristen White (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) shot 74 and teammate Jennifer Selfinger (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Groveport Madison) posted a score of 77 in the second round. Both White and Selfinger are tied for 31st place. Lindsay Knowlton (Sr., Toronto, Ontario/Havergal) improved her first-round score by two shots and fired a 75 on the second day. Rookie Carling Coffing (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) tallied her second consecutive round of 79.

Pepperdine and Auburn are tied for first place with a score of 586, just 11 strokes ahead of the Buckeyes with two rounds left to play. Four individuals are tied for first on the individual leaderboard with a mark of 144 (+2).

The third round is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. (noon EDT) Thursday. The Buckeyes will tee off in the afternoon wave beginning at 1:30 on hole No. 1. Live scoring is available online at

TEAM STANDINGS (PAR 71) RD1 RD2 RD3 RD4 TOTAL 1. Pepperdine 291 295 586 Auburn 290 296 586 3. UCLA 288 302 590 4. California 295 299 594 5. Duke 292 303 595 6. OHIO STATE 301 296 597 7. Southern California 287 312 599 8. Tennessee 300 303 603 Arkansas 296 307 603 10. Arizona State 303 301 604 Oklahoma State 298 306 604 12. Florida 301 304 605 Michigan State 304 301 605 14. Washington 292 314 606 15. Missouri 307 300 607 16. Furman 307 301 608 17. Texas A&M 305 306 611 Purdue 309 302 611 Stanford 300 311 611 20. Virginia 304 308 612 21. UC-Irvine 311 304 615 22. Tulane 305 312 617 23. Tulsa 307 313 620 24. Brigham Young 305 317 622

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD RD1 RD2 RD3 RD4 TOTAL 1. Charlotte Mayorkas, UCLA 71 73 144 Diana Ramage, Auburn 73 71 144 Dewi Schreefel, USC 70 74 144 Eileen Vargas, Pepperdine 74 70 144

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES RD1 RD2 RD3 RD4 TOTAL T5. Dana Je 75 70 145 T31. Jennifer Selfinger 73 77 150 T31. Kristen White 76 74 150 T53. Lindsay Knowlton 77 75 152 T103. Carling Coffing 79 79 158

Quotes Therese Hession, Ohio State head coach
On the second round
“They adjusted to the wind a little bit better but it was still very difficult. It was just as tough as yesterday and we even had the element of rain for seven or eight holes. Overall, it was a really good round. Dana’s round was excellent. We are trying to pick up a few shots on the leaders and try to cut into the lead. Hopefully we will accomplish that once everyone gets done.

On improving
“We still need to work on our short game and chipping because as windy as it is, it’s hard to hit a lot of greens. We have to get the bal up and down if we aren’t hitting greens. We are going to work on shot saround the rough and the edge of the green.

Dana Je, Ohio State sophomore
On the second round
“Just like yesterday, I started off really bad. I was two over after three holes, again. I tried to just hit greens and fairways. I didn’t really focus on trying to make a birdie. I think that really helped me get back into it. I made birdies on 17, 18 and one, so I was one-under. I got my confidence back and was trying to hit more greens. I hit 17 greens of 18 holes.”

Lindsay Knowlton, Ohio State senior
On the second round
“It started off a little better than yesterday, but with the weather, I knew making pars would be good. I felt like I had to work really, really hard. I played the last eight holes one-under, which was my goal. I doubled the first hole, which is really annoying, because I am now four over on that hole after two days. I had to depend on my short game a lot. I wasn’t ecstatic, but I was pleased.

On the weather
“I think we are used to it but that doesn’t mean we like it. You have to put yourself in a good mental mode and just trudge through it. You try to play your best. All of a sudden, the sun popped out on 18 tee, my ninth hole.”