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Burke Leads Bulls on Busy Day at Gator Invite

March 11, 2017
By  USF

TEAM SCORES

PLAYER SCORES

 

By TOM ZEBOLD

USF Senior Writer

GAINESVILLE, MARCH 11, 2017 – Senior Ashley Burke helped put the Bulls in position for another top-10 finish with a solid 36-hole performance Saturday at the SunTrust Gator Invitational.

Burke (Boynton Beach, Fla.) collected three of her five birdies in the second round and finished the Bulls’ busy day a shot outside the top 25 at 9-over (75-74). USF cut 13 shots off its first-round score in the afternoon and moved up two spots to ninth place at Mark Bostick Golf Course (par 70, 6,002 yards).

Host Florida (+5) has the lead and the No. 6 Gators are followed in the top five by No. 11 Duke (+12), No. 25 UCF (+19), Campbell (+29) and Maryland (+30).

Freshman Mariale Merchan (Caracas, Venezuela) also helped lead the charge in her return to the lineup, finishing the day two shots away from the top 25 at 10-over (76-74).

Maria “Nani” Merchan posted USF’s best score of the day with a 2-over 72 in the second round. The sophomore from Venezuela is tied for 38th place with senior Nicole Autrique at 11-over.

Notables

- USF is shooting for its fourth top-10 finish in eight events this season.

- Only two of 77 players finished the day under par. Duke’s Leona Maguire (-2) has a one-shot lead on Florida’s Maria Torres heading into the final round.

- Ashley Burke finished the day with five birdies, only three away from tournament lead.

- Nicole Autrique led the team with 25 pars, while Florida’s Kelly Grassel leads the field with 30. Mariale Merchan finished the day with 24 pars.

Up Next

USF will begin the final round on the back nine Sunday at 9:15 a.m. Follow the action in progress at the official Golfstat.com scoring page HERE.

 

9

South Florida

307

294

601

T27

Ashley Burke (5)

75

74

149

T30

Mariale Merchan (4)

76

74

150

T38

Nicole Autrique (1)

77

74

151

T38

Nani Merchan (2)

79

72

151

T59

Maria Rodriguez (3)

81

74

155

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