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Bulls Impress Prats at Florida State Match-Up

February 12, 2017
By  USF

By TOM ZEBOLD

USF Senior Writer

TALLAHASSEE, FEB. 12, 2017Nicole Autrique carded the best round of her senior campaign to help USF post its best 54-hole score of the season at the Florida State Match-Up on Sunday.

Autrique (Mexico City) collected six birdies during her 5-under 67 in the final round to tie for 10th place at 1-under. Autrique matched her career-best round and the impressive performance boosted USF to a seventh-place finish out of 12 programs.

Head coach Tiffany Prats’ Bulls have registered two top-10 finishes in the past three events after leaving Tallahassee with an 884, a four-shot improvement from the UCF Challenge earlier this week. USF has three top-10 finishes in six events this season.

Maria Rodriguez posted her second top-25 finish of the season, tying for 22nd place at 3-over. The junior from Cali, Colombia finished the tournament with nine total birdies, two off Autrique’s team lead.

Sophomore Maria Merchan (Venezuela) birdied four holes during her 1-under run on the back nine Sunday and tied for 43rd place at 11-over. Senior Ashley Burke (Boynton Beach, Fla.) finished a shot behind Merchan after carding a season-low 70 in the second round at Don Veller Seminole Country Club (par 72, 6,260 yards).

Freshman Amanda Leslie (T56, +18) shot a season-best 76 in the final round of USF’s third tournament in a two-week span. 

Quotables

Head coach Tiffany Prats on the Bulls’ progression as a team:

“I can’t express how proud of this team I am. In the last few weeks, we have turned a corner and you can feel how the vibe is different. They are trusting and believing in each other, and you can see the results in the past two events.”

Head coach Tiffany Prats on the battle-tested Bulls’ results this weekend:

“We are playing against the best teams in the country and we are competing with them. It’s definitely an exciting time and we are going to enjoy this finish. Then it’s back to work, getting ready for Miami.”

Notables

- USF (884) posted its best 36-hole team score of the season so far. It marked a four-shot improvement from USF’s final score at the UCF Challenge on Tuesday.

- Junior Maria Rodriguez led the Bulls with 34 total pars. Sophomore Maria Merchan and senior Nicole Autrique tied for second on the team with 33 pars apiece.

Up Next

USF gets a two-week break from competition before the Hurricane Invitational Feb. 27-March 1 in Miami.

 

7 South Florida 303 288 293 884
T10 Nicole Autrique (2) 76 72 67 215
T22 Maria Rodriguez (1) 71 73 75 219
T43 Nani Merchan (3) 79 73 75 227
46 Ashley Burke (4) 77 70 81 228
T56 Amanda Leslie (5) 79 79 76 234

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