May 18, 2005

SUNRIVER, Ore. – The eighth-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team shot 301 Tuesday in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes currently sit in a tie for 12th place on the 24-team leaderboard. The event is being held at the par 71 Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort (6,312 yards) in Sunriver, Ore.

Ohio State junior Jennifer Selfinger (Columbus, Ohio/Groveport Madison) paced the Buckeyes in the opening round with a score of 73 (+2). Selfinger is tied for 21st on the individual leaderboard. Teammate Dana Je (So., Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) posted a round of 75 (+4) and is tied for 47th.

Seniors Kristen White (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) and Lindsay Knowlton (Toronto, Ontario/Havergal) shot 76 and 77, respectively. Freshman Carling Coffing (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) tallied 79 in her first NCAA championships round.

Southern California, who won the team title in 2003, leads the field with a score of 287 (+3). Carolina Llano of Pepperdine shot two-under 69 and leads the individual race.

The second round is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. (noon EDT). The Buckeyes will tee off in the morning wave on hole No. 10. Live scoring is available online at

TEAM STANDINGS (PAR 71) RD1 RD2 RD3 RD4 TOTAL 1. Southern California 287 287 1. UCLA 288 288 3. Auburn 290 290 4. Pepperdine 291 291 5. Duke 292 292 Washington 292 292 7. California 295 295 8. Arkansas 296 296 9. Oklahoma State 298 298 10. Stanford 300 300 Tennessee 300 300 12. OHIO STATE 301 301 Florida 301 301 14. Arizona State 303 303 15. Michigan State 304 304 Virginia 304 304 17. Brigham Young 305 305 Texas A&M 305 305 Tulane 305 305 20. Missouri 307 307 Furman 307 307 Tulsa 307 307 23. Purdue 309 309 24. UC-Irvine 311 311

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD RD1 RD2 RD3 RD4 TOTAL 1. Carolina Llano, Pepperdine 69 69 T2. 10 others 70 70

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES RD1 RD2 RD3 RD4 TOTAL T21. Jennifer Selfinger 73 73 T47. Dana Je 75 75 T57. Kristen White 76 76 T74. Lindsay Knowlton 77 77 T98. Carling Coffing 79 79

Therese Hession, Ohio State head coach

On the first round
“I am really proud of them for hanging in there on the back nine. They weren’t tight this morning – they were loose. This tournament is four rounds and we happened to get our bad round over with on the first day, really on the front nine.

“This is a difficult course and if this is in fact our bad day, then we are still going to be hanging around on the last day. I told them they have the ability to have a great finish out here. I think there are a lot of good teams that could win it. We want to hang around on the last day.”

Dana Je, Ohio State sophomore
On the front nine
“I started off really bad and was two over after three holes. It was a hard day, the wind was really a factor. I tried to make small goals, like shooting for a bogey instead of a double or triple. I birdied six and seven and t hat really helped. I finished two over on the front nine.

On the back nine
“I started really well and had birdies on 12 and 13. I was playing fine until t he last hole, which I doubled. It was a good round and was hard for everyone. We still have three more days.”