VICTORIA, Australia — What a way to open the 2019 LPGA campaign as Duke alumna Celine Boutier carded rounds of 69, 71, 69 and 72 for an eight-under, 281, to win by two strokes at the 2019 ISPS Handa Vic Open in Victoria, Australia. It marked her first LPGA Tour victory staged at 13th Beach Golf Links.
“It's been something I've been working toward since I turned pro and I just feel like it just happened,” said Boutier. “I'm super excited with the way I handled myself. It's not always easy to be able to get your first win.”
A two-time All-America and the 2013-14 National Player of the Year at Duke, Boutier drained a 30-foot birdie at No. 15 that pulled her two strokes ahead of the field and sealed her first LPGA win. Boutier finished ahead of Su Oh and Charlotte Thomas (283).
“I feel like I've struggled a bit all day with my long game and I just didn't have many birdie opportunities,” said Boutier, who ended up with third birdies on the day to go with three bogeys. “On 15 when I made that putt, kind of really made me like motivate myself and made me really more confident in my abilities to win the tournament.”
Boutier, a product of Montrouge, France, earned $165,000 for the win and she has now garnered $484,577 for her short career. She also has won twice on the Ladies European Tour and two times on the Symetra Tour.
With her win, Boutier became the second Duke alumna to win on the LPGA Tour, joining 2016 U.S. Women’s Open champion Brittany Lang. She is also the fourth French golfer to win an LPGA Tour event and first since 2003.
Boutier helped Duke win the 2014 NCAA Championship in Tulsa, Okla.
Former Blue Devil golfers Yu Liu and Lang each finished tied 22nd overall with a one-under, 288. The next LPGA event will be held Feb. 21-24 in Thailand.