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Autrique Posts Second Straight Top-10 Finish

March 01, 2017
By  USF

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By TOM ZEBOLD

USF Senior Writer

CORAL GABLES, Fla., MARCH 1, 2017Nicole Autrique fired a 1-under 71 in the final round to secure her second consecutive top-10 finish at the Hurricane Invitational on Wednesday.

Autrique’s second under-par round of the tournament moved the senior up six spots on the leaderboard to a tie for ninth place out of 86 competitors. Autrique (+1) finished with a team-high 11 birdies in the fifth top-10 performance of her career.

USF (+37) was just four shots away from its fourth top-10 finish in seven events this season. No. 16 Northwestern (-5) captured the team title and was followed in the top five by Michigan (+2), Louisville (+7), host and 14th-ranked Miami (+13), and Barry (+19).

Sophomore Maria “Nani” Merchan (Venezuela) followed up her second-round 73 with a 77 and tied for 42nd place at 9-over. Playing as an individual, freshman Mariale Merchan tied for 52th place at 12-over, one shot ahead of junior Maria Rodriguez (Colombia).

Notables

Nicole Autrique has matched her career best with two top-10 finishes in a season. The senior from Mexico posted two top-10 performances last season. This is the first time Autrique has produced consecutive top-10 outings.

- Senior Ashley Burke led the Bulls with 37 pars, five away from the tournament lead.

- Senior Taylor Moody and Maria “Nani” Merchan tied for second on the team with seven birdies apiece. Freshman Mariale Merchan collected six birdies in her best finish yet as a Bull (T52).

Up Next

USF will compete in its fifth event of the spring at the Gator Invitational March 11-12 in Gainesville.

 

T11

South Florida

297

301

303

901

T9

Nicole Autrique (1)

70

76

71

217

T42

Nani Merchan (3)

75

73

77

225

T55

Maria Rodriguez (2)

76

76

77

229

T65

Ashley Burke (4)

76

76

81

233

T75

Taylor Moody (5)

82

76

78

236

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