April 19, 2000

%^$Buckeyes Home at Last

%^$The Ohio State women’s golf team returns home Saturday and Sunday for the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, hosted at the par-72 OSU Scarlet Course. Tee time is 8:30 a.m. each day. OSU is the two-time defending champion of the tournament and has captured eight titles during the tourney’s 20-year history.%^$

%^$The 21st Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational

%^$The 2000 edition of the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational serves as the Buckeyes’ last preparation for the Big Ten Championship, which begins next Friday, April 28. Six Big Ten squads will join the Buckeyes this weekend, including Indiana, which was the lone team to knock OSU off at the Indiana Invitational two weeks ago. The 54-hole tournament consists of two rounds on Saturday and one on Sunday. The tourney has a distinct Ohio flavor to it, as six teams from the Buckeye state will compete.%^$

%^$The Teams

%^$Bowling Green, Indiana, Kent, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio, Ohio State, Penn State, Princeton, Stetson, Toledo, Wisconsin, Xavier%^$

%^$Recapping the 1999 LBSI

%^$Paced by a second-round 297, Ohio State captured the 1999 Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, firing a 907 (+43) en route to the triumph. OSU easily outdistanced the field, as the closest competitor was Purdue (929) – 22 strokes back. The Boilermakers’ Angela Blythe claimed the individual crown, carding a 220 (+4) as she eked past OSU’s Amber Amstutz, who shot a 221 to earn second place. OSU placed its four scorers in the top seven – Amstutz (2nd), Natalie Mosher (3rd), Lisa Strom (6th) and Summerset Lovett (tie-7th).%^$

%^$Welcome Home Caroline

%^$This weekend’s Lady Buckeye Spring Invite marks the home debut for Caroline Keggi as Ohio State’s assistant coach. An all-Big Ten performer for the Buckeyes in 1984, Keggi replaces Christina Geiger, who left the team due to personal reasons. Keggi was a two-time All-America selection with New Mexico and the national individual champion in 1987. Keggi made her official debut for OSU at the Bryan National Collegiate (3/24-26)%^$

%^$Buckeyes in the National Scene

%^$Ohio State is ranked 32nd in the latest Golfweek national rankings and 37th in the MasterCard rankings. Mollie Fankhauser is ranked 71st in the Golfweek individual rankings and 85th in the MasterCard rankings.%^$

%^$Fankhauser Takes Big 10 Honor

%^$Freshman Mollie Fankhauser was honored as the Big 10 Women’s Golfer of the Week Apr. 5 after her solid performance at the Liz Murphey Classic. The honor was the first of Fankhauser’s career. She became the first Buckeye to win the award this season.%^$

%^$Players of the Year

%^$Sophomore Jamie Rishel was recently honored as Mid-Ohio Golfer’s Women’s Player of the Year, while former Buckeye Natalie Mosher earned Women’s College Player of the Year honor for the second-consecutive year. Rishel, who spent her freshman campaign at Florida, won the Franklin County Women’s Championship in 1999 and qualified for the LPGA Firstar Classic last summer. Amber Amstutz was runner-up to Mosher in the Women’s College Division.%^$

%^$The Last Time Out

%^$Battling through a stiff wind and sub-freezing temperatures, Ohio State garnered runner-up laurels at the rain-shortened Indiana Invitational, held April 8-9 at the par-74 IU Public Golf Course. OSU fired a 639 (+47) during the two-round tourney, two strokes shy of host and champion Indiana. Lisa Strom, the tourney’s defending champion, registered another fine performance at IU, taking fifth place with a 157 (+9). Mollie Fankhauser shot a 158 to garner sixth place, while Kelly Moskal and Mary Lidester each shot a 162, tying for 16th place.%^$

%^$Bucks Young But Experienced

%^$Just how young is young? Consider that seven of 11 team members are enjoying their first season as Buckeyes and the answer is extremely young.%^$ Mollie Fankhauser, one of four true freshmen, is the only newcomer – and one of only two on the team – who has played in all 23 rounds of golf. With that experience she touts the lowest stroke average (76.83) on the Buckeye scoreboard. Fankhauser and sophomore transfers Ashley Lowery and Jamie Rishel have posted six of the top nine tournament scores this season. Another frosh, Mary Lidester, posted a career-best 16th-place finish at the Indiana Invitational, while sophomore Kelly Moskal tied Lidester at IU, also notching a career-best 16th-place finish.%^$

%^$Jockeying for Positions

%^$The competition for the traveling team positions has been fierce this year, as all 11 Buckeyes have had an opportunity to travel. In fact, seven Buckeyes have played at least 14 rounds this season while nine have earned playing time. Lisa Strom and Mollie Fankhauser are the only Buckeyes who have competed in all 23 rounds of golf this season.%^$

%^$Defending Big Ten Champions

%^$Ohio State is out to defend its 1999 Big Ten Championship, the school’s 10th such title. Ohio State’s 72-hole score (1,239), accumulated by Natalie Mosher, Summerset Lovett, Lisa Strom, Amber Amstutz and Tatiana Belham, was the fifth-best in Big Ten history and was OSU’s best score ever at the Big Tens, breaking the `93 record by one stroke.%^$

%^$Hession Inks Prep Phenom

%^$OSU will enjoy the talents of one of the top prep golfers in the country next season with the signing of All-American Allison Hanna of Portland, Ore. Hanna comes off a stellar 1999 season in which she earned second-team Polo Junior All-America status. Boasting a zero handicap, Hanna shared first-place honors at the 1999 Oregon High School state championship, bettering her runner-up finish of 1998. Hanna also was named an All-American in basketball by USA Today. A top-notch scholar-athlete, Hanna carries a 3.96 grade point average and was honored as one of the top 20 female scholar-athletes in Oregon.%^$

%^$Home of 2000 NCAA East Regional

%^$The Ohio State University will serve as the host for the 2000 NCAA East Regional May 11-13 at the OSU Scarlet Course. The 54-hole event features 24 teams and six individuals not from those teams. The action tees off at approximately 7:30 a.m. each day and the top 11 teams will earn a berth in the NCAA Championship, scheduled for May 24-27 at Oregon State’s Crosswater Golf Club.