Ohio State Finishes Eighth At NCAA Women's Golf Championships

May 22, 2004

OPELIKA, Ala. - Ohio State returned to Auburn's Grand National Lake Course Saturday after lightning delays and darkness suspended play of the 2004 NCAA Women's Golf Championships, and finished eighth at 1,187 (296-292-303-296).

Junior Kristen White finished her final round with a 4-under-par 68, which placed her tied for sixth individually at 1-under 287 (75-71-73-68). White, the 2003 Big Ten Player of the Year, began her round on No. 10 Friday and eagled No. 12 and 14 with a birdie on 13 as well. A bogey at the 15th dropped her back to 4-under, and she would then record all pars in her final 12 holes.

Allison Hanna, the 2004 Big Ten Player of the Year, finished 12th overall at 289 (69-73-76-71).

Friday evening, both Hanna and White were honored by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA), as first and second-team All-Americans, respectively. Hanna is the second First Team All-American in women's golf history at Ohio State. The first was Cheryl Stacy in 1975. It is the second-consecutive year Hanna has been named an All-American. She was voted to Second Team in 2003. Hanna also was named to the NCAA All-Regional Team at the banquet. She finished second at the West Regional earlier this month.

Ohio State head coach Therese Hession also was named the Central Region coach of the year. She has led the Buckeyes to eight-consecutive NCAA championships appearances (10 total) and six Big Ten championships in 13 years at the helm of the Buckeye program.

Rounding out the lineup for Ohio State Saturday was Lindsay Knowlton (76-70-78-77-301), Dana Je (76-81-76-80-313), and Allyson Harvie (82-78-84-82). MORE>>>

UCLA finished with 1,148 (289-283-286-290) to take home the NCAA Championship title with a three-shot win over Oklahoma State (1,151). Duke placed third at 1,159.

California's Sarah Huarte captured the individual crown with a 10-under-par 278 (73-69-67-69) performance. Huarte beat out Oklahoma State's Karin Sjodin by one shot for the win.



After a tough day on the course Thursday, Purdue rallied on Friday to record one of its best round of the tournament, an 8-over 296.

The Boilermakers finished 22nd overall at 1,205 (307-294-308-296).

Senior Beth Hermes had an excellent round on the final day of her Boilermaker career, shooting an even-par 72. Hermes recorded birdies on the holes No. 3, 9, and 12 on Friday. For the tournament, Hermes led the Purdue team with a four round, 5-over par score of 293 (71-72-78-72), and tied for 22nd.

Onnarin Sattayabanphot turned in her best performance of the week during Friday's round, carding a 1-over 73. The sophomore found herself in a little trouble early, recording consecutive bogeys on the first three holes. Sattayabanphot rallied, however, dropping birdies on holes No. 4, 11, and 15 to finish at 299 (74-75-77-73). MORE>>>

Michigan State wrapped up its NCAA championship run Friday, shooting a 17-over 305 in the final round. The Spartans finished 24th in the competition with a 72-hole total of 1,215 (302-310-298-305).

The Green and White were led in scoring Friday by senior Ann Marie Kersten, as she went into the clubhouse with a 3-over 75. Classmate Allison Fouch, who stood in seventh place individually heading into Friday's round, recorded a 4-over 76. The first nine holes were up-and-down for the Michigan native. Fouch carded birdies on No. 3 and 4, before being slowed by a triple bogey on No. 5. She recovered with another birdie on the sixth hole, but followed it with three straight bogeys to finish 3-over par on the front nine. Fouch finished tied of 16th overall. MORE>>>