Four Tulane Golfers Earn All-Louisiana Honors



May 22, 2000

NEW ORLEANS -- Four Tulane golfers earned all-Louisiana accolades as selected Monday by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Pam Buff and Meghan Bolger earned all-Louisiana women's team honors, as the duo helped Tulane to an NCAA Regional appearance. Buff, a junior from Duluth, Ga., earned Conference USA Player-of-the-Year honors for the third straight season. She posted four top-10 finishes on the year and a 77.33 stroke average. It is the third consecutive year that Buff has been so honored by the LSWA.

Bolger, a senior from Haddonfield, N.J., led the Green Wave with a 77.20 stroke average and earned all-Conference USA and C-USA all-tournament kudos. She collected four top-10 finishes in 1999-2000, including a fifth-place effort at the C-USA Championships.

On the men's side, Justin Strausbaugh was a second team all-Louisiana selection. The junior from Leawood, Kan., posted a 74.93 stroke average with six rounds of par or better. He was Tulane's top finisher in seven of 10 tournaments and earned four top-20 finishes.

Women's head coach Sue Bower and sophomore Marcela Gonzalez were also recognized by the LSWA. Bower was named Coach of the Year after leading the Green Wave to its most successful season ever. Tulane won its first tournament in school history and earned the program's first-ever berth in the NCAA Regionals. Along the way, Tulane had four top-five finishes and three players earn all-conference accolades.

Gonzalez, a native of Cali, Colombia, earned LSWA women's Newcomer-of-the-Year honors after finishing the season with a 79.79 stroke average. She had three rounds of 75 or lower and collected two top-20 finishes.