American Athletic Conference

3 Bulls Finish in Top 25 at American Championship

April 18, 2017
By  USF

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By TOM ZEBOLD

USF Senior Writer

PALM COAST, Fla., APRIL 18, 2017 – Top-25 finishes from Maria Rodriguez, Nicole Autrique and Taylor Moody boosted the Bulls on their best day of the American Athletic Conference Championship.

USF carded its top team score of the tournament with a 5-over 293 and moved up one spot to seventh place at Hammock Beach Resort’s Conservatory Course (par 72, 6,198 yards). Head coach Tiffany Prats’ Bulls finished just one shot away from tying for fifth place at the three-day event.

Leading the way was Rodriguez, who surged 15 spots up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for 11th place at 3-over. The junior from Cali, Colombia carded three of her four birdies on the back nine and finished the final round with a 3-under 69, USF’s top individual score of the tournament.

Autrique added to her solid senior season with her team-leading fifth top-25 finish. The Mexico City native carded a 73 for the second consecutive day and tied for 21st place at 7-over.

Moody, one of the team’s hardest workers, ended her senior season with a 24th-place finish at 8-over. The Plantation, Fla., native shot a career-best 72 in the second round.

Senior Ashley Burke (Boynton Beach, Fla.) opened the tournament with a 2-under 70 and finished in a tie for 32nd place at 13-over. Freshman Mariale Merchan (Caracas, Venezuela) produced USF’s third-best score of the day with a 75 and tied for 42nd at 17-over.

Quotables

Head coach Tiffany Prats on the team’s final round and looking ahead:

“I’m very proud of the way our girls played today! I look forward to what the future holds for USF women’s golf as we move forward.”

Prats on the seniors/graduates:

“It was a bittersweet day knowing that we are losing Maria, Nicole, Ashley and Taylor. I’m very lucky to have been able to coach them this year. I look forward to following them all in the future to see what life has in store for them. They have been great representatives at USF and will continue to be great ambassadors for us out in the world.”

Notables

- Maria Rodriguez finished just one shot outside the top 10. The junior produced her fourth top-25 finish of the season and matched her top round of the season with a 69.

- Nicole Autrique collected five top-25 finishes for the second straight season. The senior has registered 16 in her career.

- USF finished fourth in the field with 166 total pars. Autrique tied for the tournament lead with 41 pars.

- Rodriguez and Taylor Moody tied for the team lead with nine birdies apiece, while Ashley Burke finished with eight.

 

7

South Florida

296

300

293

889

T11

Maria Rodriguez (2)

73

77

69

219

T21

Nicole Autrique (1)

77

73

73

223

24

Taylor Moody (4)

76

72

76

224

T32

Ashley Burke (3)

70

78

81

229

T42

Mariale Merchan (5)

78

80

75

233

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