May 24, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team held its annual end-of-the-year awards and appreciation banquet Sunday. The Buckeyes closed their season with an eighth-place finish at the 2004 NCAA Championships in Auburn, Ala. It marked the third-consecutive year the squad has recorded a Top 10 finish at the event.
The 2003-04 Buckeye squad recorded a team stroke average of 298.83 – the lowest in the history of the program – and the first time the average has been under 300 for a season. Ohio State also captured its 10th Big Ten championship and recorded eight Top 3 finishes through the program’s toughest schedule.
It also marked the second-consecutive season the Buckeyes had two NGCA All-America honorees. Senior co-captain Allison Hanna (Portland, Ore./David Douglas) became the second First Team All-American in the history of the program. Junior Kristen White (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) was named a Second-Team All-American for the second-consecutive year.
Hanna earned the team’s top honor as Ohio State player of the year. She competed in every round for the Buckeyes this season and set the school record for the lowest stroke average in a season, recording a mark of 72.58. She also was named the 2004 Big Ten player of the year and finished 12th at the NCAA championships. Hanna placed second at the NCAA West Regional and was named to the All-Region Team. She posted eight Top 5 finishes this season, including wins at the Lady Northern Intercollegiate and the Mercedes-Benz Championships. Hanna also was the recipient of the most improved award, lowering her stroke average by 1.8 shots per round from last season.
White tied the school record she set last season with a round of 66 during a one-day quad match in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. She had four Top 5 finishes on the year and was the Buckeyes’ highest finisher at the 2004 NCAA Championships, tying for sixth place. The new Buckeye award was given to freshman Dana Je (Orlando, Fla./Montverde). She averaged 78.55, the third-lowest stroke average for a freshman. The Go Bucks award went to junior Emily Kuhfeld (Carmel, Ind./Cathedral).
The senior trio of Hanna, Jennifer Borowiec (South Lyon, Mich./Mercy) and Sara Walker (Washington Court House, Ohio/Washington Court House) also were given senior awards.
Ohio State head coach Therese Hession, the Central Region coach of the year, assistant coach Marisa Mears and members of the support staff were recognized for their efforts.
The Buckeyes will kick off the 2004-05 season Sept. 11-12 at the Lady Northern Intercollegiate in Ann Arbor, Mich.