Ohio State And The LPGA Tour

Ohio State And The LPGA Tour

Letterwinner 1978-81

LPGA Accomplishments

  • 13 career victories
  • Seventh on the career money list with over $8.3 million in earnings
  • Won 2003 Asahi Ryokuken International Championship at Mt. Vintage
  • Member of victorious U.S. Solheim Cup team in 1990, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2005
  • Clinched 2002 Solheim Cup for United States by defeating Europe's Karine Icher
  • Posted career-low score of 64 four times (1987 LPGA Corning Classic, 1998 Wegmans Rochester Invitational, 1999 LPGA Championship and 2005 Safeway International)
  • Was ranked third on the money list in 1988 and was one of six players who surpassed the $300,000 mark in single-season earnings
  • In 1990, she became the 20th player to surpass the $1 million milestone in career earnings

On playing at a northern school . . .
"When I grew up in Albuquerque (N.M.), I played golf year round. By the time I got into college, my attitude was faltering because I wanted to be a kid, a teenager and a young adult.

"But when I got into school, instead of having to play golf, I got to play golf when the weather changed, so it helped my motivation to want to play well and work hard. It gave me time in the winter to really crack down on the books and get in shape and ready for the season."

Letterwinner 1982-85

LPGA Accomplishments

  • 18 career victories
  • Career earnings of over $8.8 million rank fifth on the career money list
  • 2004 and 1991 U.S. Open champion
  • Fourth on the 2004 money list with over $1.3 million in earnings
  • Tied for 5th in the LPGA's all-time records for most holes-in-one recorded during a career
  • Posted 16 Top 10 finishes in 2000, including her 12th and 13th career wins as she became one of four players in LPGA history to earn $1 million in a single season ($1,146,360)
  • Recognized during the LPGA's 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGA's top 50 players and teachers
  • Member of the 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005 Solheim Cup teams

On Coach Hession...
"I think Coach Hession is a tremendous asset to the team with her years of experience, not only playing on the LPGA, but also being a college player herself."

On playing at a northern school...
"You don't need to play golf year round, especially at the collegiate level. You need to get your education and learn how to play golf. You get both at Ohio State."

Letterwinner 1981-83

LPGA Accomplishments

  • Three career victories
  • Career earnings of $835,000
  • In May 1996, returned to official competition after a four-year absence
  • Notched three victories in 1990, winning the Bounceback Player of the Year Award for moving from 90th to fourth on the money list
  • Represented the victorious U.S. team in the inaugural Solheim Cup in 1990
  • Posted her career-low score of 63 during the 1990 Centenial Classic
  • Victories include 1990 Lady Keystone Open, Stratton Mountain LPGA Classic, Trophee Urban World Championship

On the winter break from golf ...
"I think the winter break is an important time. It gives you a chance to rest and to workout, lift weights and tone your muscles, which may be lost playing year round."

On the size of the school ...
"I don't think it will bother most people because you're sort of in a capsule there. There are 50,000 people, but the students you deal with and are around the most are the ones in your dorm and the ones on the golf team. I had a great camaraderie with people outside of my team."

Letterwinner 1986-89

LPGA Accomplishments

  • Returned to the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, where she tied for third to earn exempt status for the 2002 season.
  • Posted season-low rounds of 68 during the second round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic and third round of the Wendy's Championship for Children in 2001
  • Best finish of the 2001 season was a tie for 20th at the Wendy's Championship for Children
  • In 2000, tied for ninth at the LPGA Qualifying Tournament to gain exempt status for the 2001 season; competed on the SBC Futures Tour, where she recorded three Top 10 finishes
  • Has earned over $69,600 professionally
  • In 1999, recorded a career-best finish at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic, where she tied for 19th and recorded a career-low 67 during the second round
  • In 1998, returned to the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament and gained non-exempt status for the 1999 season; won twice on the SBC Futures Tour
  • In 1997, won two tournaments on the SBC Futures Tour
  • In 1995, her rookie season, best finish was a tie for 26th at the Fieldcrest Cannon Classic

Letterwinner 1998-2000

LPGA Accomplishments

  • Earned LPGA tour card in October 2002

Professional Career

  • Has totaled $60,979 in career earnings
  • Finished second three times during the 2003 season
  • Finished second at the 2002 El Paso FUTURES Golf Classic
  • Finished 12th on 2003 FUTURES Tour money list
  • Finished 8th on the 2002 FUTURES Tour money list
  • Joined the FUTURES Tour in January 2001

On the development of the golf program ...
"When I was there, almost everyone on the team was from the North. Now, the team has gained national recognition. A lot of girls are taking a look at Ohio State. Not only do you get a great coach, but the program speaks to itself. I think it helps to have a break from golf to be excited about it. The fact that you don't play every day for 12 months can be an advantage when it comes time for nationals. Ohio State is a little secret that is starting to get exposed a little bit."

Letterwinner 2001-04

LPGA Accomplishments

  • Career Earnings of $152,614 in her Rookie Season
  • Has played in 26 tournaments
  • Best finish is 4th at the 2006 Sybase Classic
  • 2004 NGCA First Team All-American
  • Holds the lowest single-season scoring average (72.58)
  • Competed in every single round of her four-years with the Buckeyes

On her career at Ohio State...
"I don't have any regrets. I did everything I wanted to do. I gave it everything I had. I had a lot of fun with my teammates and all the people I have played with over the years."


  • There are five former Buckeyes on the LPGA Tour.
  • These golfers have collected more than $17 million in career earnings.
  • Two have surpassed the $7 million plateau in career earnings.
  • Former Buckeyes have 32 LPGA victories.


  • Suzy Green-Roebuck
  • Mollie Fankhauser
  • Allison Hanna
  • Amy Langhals
  • Karen Mundinger
  • Cheryl Stacy
  • Judy Ellis-Sams
  • Summerset Lovett
  • Lisa Strom Fernandes