April 23, 2000%^$


%^$%^$Final Round Results%^$%^$


%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team fired a tournament-low 303 (+15) Sunday, enabling the Buckeyes to rally from a two-stroke deficit to earn the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational title, held at the par-72 OSU Scarlet Course. OSU’s three-round total of 929 was six strokes better than second-place Michigan State, who held the lead entering the final round.%^$

%^$ Mollie Fankhauser (Fr., Dublin, Ohio) paced the Buckeyes with a 228 (+12) as she finished one stroke shy of champion Kasey Gant of Michigan State. Gant entered the final round with a one-stroke lead over Fankhauser and held on as both fired a 76 in the third round.%^$

%^$Lisa Strom (Sr., North Wales, Pa.) provided the highlight of the tournament, shooting a hole-in-one on the par-three 13th hole. It was her first career ace. Strom shot a 75 on the day as she finished in sixth place overall (231).%^$

%^$After firing a career-low 76 in the first round on Saturday, Natalie Aber (So., Akron, Ohio) bettered it with a 75 in the final round as she earned a career-best score of 232 (+16), which was good for seventh place – her first career top-10 finish.%^$

%^$ Six of OSU’s nine players shot a round in the 70s on Sunday, including five of the six starters.%^$

%^$OSU now will prepare for the Big Ten Championship, hosted next weekend in Madison, Wis. The Buckeyes are the defending Big Ten champions.