May 20, 2004
OPELIKA, Ala. - Ohio State leads a trio of Big Ten squads entering Friday's final round at the 2004 NCAA Women's Golf Championships, while Michigan State senior Allison Fouch currently sits in the top 10 of the individual standings.
The Buckeyes sit seventh overall at 891 (296-292-303) entering Friday's final round. Junior Kristen White, last year's Big Ten Player of the Year, led the Buckeyes on the day with a 73. White stands tied for 18th at 219 (75-71-73), behind teammate and 2004 Big Ten Player of the Year Allison Hanna. The senior is tied for 14th at 218 (69-73-76) after a 76 on Friday.
Lindsay Knowlton, who fired a 70 in the second round, fired a 78 in the third round and is tied for 49th at 224 (76-70-78). Rounding out the OSU lineup on Friday was Dana Je with 76 and Allyson Harvie with an 84. MORE>>>
Despite finishing the second round with an impressive 294, Purdue dropped to a tie for 21st Thursday after a third-round 308. Maria Stinson led the Boilermakers with a 76, while Onnarin Sattayanbanphot and Myrte Eikenaar each recorded a 77. Beth Hermes fired a 78 on the day, while Caroline Haase finished with an 84. Hermes, who began the third round tied for fourth overall, dropped back to a tie for 27th at 221 (71-72-78). MORE>>>
Michigan State rebounded nicely after a second-round 310 with a 298 on Thursday and currently sits tied for 23rd at 910 (302-310-298). Fouch, a senior for the Green and White, continued her impressive run towards the NCAA individual title, carding a 1-over-par 71. After beginning her third round tied for fourth, Fouch dropped back in to a tied for seventh at 215 (70-72-73), but stands only one shot back of a three-way tie for fourth.
Sarah Martin led the Spartans in the third round with an even-par 72, which was highlighted by a five-birdie front nine 33. Martin, who rebounded from a disappointing 83 on Wednesday, opened with three consecutive birdies and then carded another two birdies along with two bogeys on the front side. She steadied on the back nine with seven pars, but a bogey at No. 11 and a double bogey on the 18th dropped her to even on the day.
Dayna Burleigh and Ann Marie Kersten recorded a 76 and 77, respectively, while Heather Rose finished with an 84. MORE>>>
UCLA leads the Championship with a 6-under-par 858 (289-283-286), followed by Oklahoma State at 1-under 863 (288-293-282). Duke is third at 865 (289-284-292).
Individually, UCLA's Susie Mathews is tied with Oklahoma State's Karin Sjodin at 8-under-par 208, one shot ahead of California's Sarah Huarte in third at 209.