COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The 10th-ranked Ohio State women's golf team won the 2005 NCAA East Regional Sunday following the final round of the 21-team event in Gainesville, Fla. The Buckeyes posted a score of 291 in the final round and finished with a total of 856, setting a school record. The event was held at the par 70 University of Florida Golf Course (6,023 yards).
The previous school record was set in September 2001 when Ohio State recorded 861 to win the Mason Rudolph Championships. Of note, Buckeye seniors Kristen White (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) and Lindsay Knowlton (Toronto, Ontario/Havergal) were both freshmen on that team.
Ohio State finished the regional tournament with a six-stroke win over No. 1 Duke. The regional championship marks the second for the Ohio State women's golf program. The Buckeyes also claimed the 1997 East Regional title in Bloomington, Ind. Ohio State ended Duke's win streak at the NCAA east regional. The Blue Devils had won the tournament the past five years.
'We played solid golf for three good rounds,' Therese Hession, Ohio State head coach, said. 'Our goal was just to get to nationals but it is always nice to win. We need to work more on our short game and will split time between playing and practicing. We'll be ready to go.'
White and sophomore Dana Je (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) each shot 72 in the final round and finished in a tie for ninth place on the individual leaderboard with a score of 214. Knowlton fired one-under 70 in the final round and finished with a total of 217 to tie for 10th place. Freshman Carling Coffing (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) also posted a Top 20 finish with a score of 221.
Ohio State's score of 280 in the second round Saturday also marked the lowest round by the Buckeyes this season. The previous best was 285 in the final round of The Landfall Tradition in October. The score was two strokes shy of the school record. The team single round record is 278, set by the 2001-02 Buckeyes at the Mason Rudolph Championships.
The Top 8 teams move on to compete in the 2005 NCAA Championships set for May 17-20 in Sunriver, Ore. The Buckeyes will be making their ninth-consecutive appearance at the event.