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Celine Boutier
Blue Devil Duo Pace France, India in Opening of WATC
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 09/03/2014
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KARUIZAWA, Japan – Duke golfers Celine Boutier and Gurbani Singh kicked off the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship Wednesday in Japan.  Boutier led her country of France to a score of four-under-par, 140, and sit third, while Singh and her India squad is tied fourth with a three-under-par, 141, at the Oshitate and Iriyama Courses.  

Canada carded a nine-under-par, 135, and leads the field, while the Republic of Korea is second with a 137.  

A product of Montrouge, France, Boutier shot a one-under-par, 71, to go along with teammate Mathilda Cappeliez’s 69 to get off to the excellent start.  The reigning collegiate National Player of the Year, Boutier posted birdies on No. 3 and No. 18 to go along with one bogey on the 16th.  

Singh, a freshman from New Delhi, India, turned in an even-par, 72, while her teammate Aditi Ashok fired a three-under-par, 69.  Her team is tied for fourth with Ireland and Italy at three-under-par.  The Duke rookie opened her day with bogeys at No. 2 and No. 3, but played her final 15 holes at two-under-par with birdies on No. 9, No. 14 and No. 17.

The championship will feature 18 holes each day from Sept. 3-6.  In each round, the total of the two lowest scorers by players from each team constitutes the team score for that round.  The four-day total is the team’s score for the championship.