Women's Golf Places Third at C-USA Championships



April 16, 2000

SHALIMAR, Fla. -- The Tulane women's golf team came up just short in its quest to win its first Conference USA title by finishing third at the 2000 Conference USA Women's Golf Championships Sunday at Shalimar Pointe Golf and Country Club.

The Green Wave, which entered the final round with a one-stroke lead, carded a third-round 312 to finish with a 921 total. South Florida won its third consecutive league title with a 914, five strokes ahead of runner-up Louisville (919).

Individually, Tulane's Meghan Bolger was the Green Wave's top finisher. The senior shot a final-round 75 to finish in fourth place with a 226 total (+10). She earned all-tournament honors for her efforts. Louisville's Katherine Mowat captured individual medalist honors by winning a four-hole, sudden-death playoff over South Florida's Angie Connell. Both players finished regulation with a three-round total of 220.

Tulane had finished as the runner-up in the two previous C-USA Women's Golf Championships. Last season the Green Wave also held the second-round lead before finishing second to South Florida.

Other Tulane finishers include freshman Kathy Schafer (T9th/230), junior Pam Buff (14th/233), sophomore Marcela Gonzalez (T15th/235) and senior Catalina Lara (18th/237).

Buff was named Conference USA Player of the Year in a vote by the league's head coaches. She has earned that honor for three consecutive seasons. Additionally, Buff was joined on the all-conference team by Meghan Bolger and Kathy Schafer.

The 54-hole tournament was contested at Shalimar Pointe Golf and Country Club, a par 72, 5,898-yard layout.

Team Standings: 1. South Florida, 309-301-304=914, 2. Louisville, 298-312-309=919, 3. Tulane, 302- 307-312=921, 4. Memphis, 306-319-303=928, 5. Southern Mississippi, 310-323-317=950, 6. UAB, 333- 320-321=974, 7. Cincinnati, 324-335-322=981.

Top 15 Individuals: ** 1. Katherine Mowat, Louisville, 70-75-75=220, 2. Angie Connell, South Florida, 75-72-73=220, 3. Marianne Ruud, Memphis, 73-80-68=221, 4. Meghan Bolger, Tulane, 75-76-75=226, 5. Cindy Pasechnik, Louisville, 77-78-73=228, 5. Kelly Lagedrost, South Florida, 75-77-76=228, 7. Katie Rakel, Cincinnati, 73-81-75=229, 7. Jessica Hayes, South Florida, 81-72-76=229, 9. Sandra Hellsvik, Memphis, 77-77-76=230, 9. Kathy Schafer, Tulane, 74-80-76-230, 11. Marella Canepa, Southern Miss, 75-80-76=231, 12. Heather Lourie, UAB, 80-77-75=232, 12. Jamie Sims, Southern Miss, 76-80-76=232, 14. Pam Buff, Tulane, 77-73-83=233, 15. Maria Salling, UAB, 80-76-79=235, 15. Marcela Gonzalez, Tulane, 76-80-79=235, 15. Jessica Kell, Louisville, 74-79-82=235. ** won four-hole playoff.

All-Conference USA: Pam Buff, Jr., Tulane, Kelly Lagedrost, Jr., South Florida, Angie Connell, Jr., South Florida, Meghan Bolger, Sr., Tulane, Marella Canepa, Jr., Southern Miss, Katherine Mowat, Jr., Louisville, Kathy Schafer, Fr., Tulane, Erin Doyle, Sr., Southern Miss, Valerie Luehrs, Sr., Memphis, Jessica Hayes, Jr., South Florida, Cindy Pasechnik, Fr., Louisville,

All-Tournament Team: Katherine Mowat, Jr., Louisville, Angie Connell, Jr., South Florida, Marianne Ruud, Fr., Memphis, Meghan Bolger, Sr., Tulane, Cindy Pasechnik, Fr., Louisville, Kelly Lagedrost, Jr., South Florida,

Player of the Year: Pam Buff, Jr., Tulane

Freshman of the Year: Marianne Ruud, Memphis

Coach of the Year: Kelly Meyers, Louisville