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Celine Boutier
Courtesy: Jim Daves, UVA Sports Information
Celine Boutier
Blue Devils Open NCAA East Regional in Fourth
Tuesday 05/08/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The first round of the NCAA East Regional was an up-and-down adventure for the top-seeded and third-ranked Duke women’s golf team Thursday.  The Blue Devils got off to a hot start and was tied for the lead at nine-under-par, but went through a tough stretch dropping to even par, before finishing with a four-under-par, 284, with 36 holes remaining at the 6,257-yard, par 72 SouthWood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla.

Duke sits in fourth place and seven shots behind Vanderbilt, who shot collegiate course record 11-under-par, 277.  Tulane (280), Virginia (283), Duke (284), NC State (286), UCF (289), Texas State (289), East Tennessee State (289), Pepperdine (290) and Florida State (290) round out the top 10 teams.  The top eight teams following 54 holes will advance to the NCAA Championship.

“We were nine-under at one point, tied for the lead,” said Duke head coach Dan Brooks about the first round.  “Then we went back to even and then we got back to four-under. The wind kicked up.  It is a very score-able golf course, but if you think about that too much you will get in trouble.  The wind kicked up and the greens are not rolling real smooth.  You have to be patient or your under-par is going to disappear, which is what happened with us.”

After Duke registered a nine-under-par ledger through the front nine, the Blue Devils went through a stretch from hole 12 through 14 where Duke dropped nine shots.  On the 12th hole, Duke was six-over-par with a triple-bogey and three three-putt bogeys.  

As a team, the Blue Devils carded 23 birdies, including eight by Celine Boutier and seven by Yu Liu.  Boutier, who is out of Montrouge, France, is second overall, after carding a season-best five-under-par, 67.  Riding a three-tournament win streak, Boutier is only two shots off the individual lead of 65 held by Tulane’s Emily Penttila.   

“That is one thing that I like about this golf course, is that it makes you think that way,” commented Brooks.  “There are holes that are very score-able if you look at the basic layout.  Then you have others that look like they would be and if you try to take advantage, and you don’t think clearly, you are going to get a big score.  In fact, we got some of our highest scores on the 'easiest' holes out there.”

Boutier kicked off her day with four birdies over her first seven holes to move to four-under-par.  She missed her only green of the day on the ninth hole and suffered one of only three bogeys on the day.  Boutier opened the back nine with birdies on the 10th and 11th holes, before suffering a three-putt bogey on the 389-yard, par four 12th.  

“I would say Celine is our best thinker out here,” said Brooks.  “She doesn’t try to take too much advantage of holes that are supposed to be easier.  She just plays solid golf.  Look what happened, if the hole is easier she gets rewarded because it is.  She is not trying to take advantage.”

She responded with birdies on No. 14 and No. 16 to get to six-under-par and one shot off the individual lead.  Boutier just missed a birdie putt on the 17th, before hitting her approach on the 18th onto the top of the green for a tough, long birdie putt.  She ended up with a three-putt bogey to finish with a five-under-par, 67, which was a season best for the ACC Player of the Year.  Boutier hit a season-high 17 greens, 11 fairways and had 30 putts on the day.

“The course was actually pretty short because of the warm weather and the layout,” said Boutier.  “Most of the par fives were reachable in two.  There were a lot of short par fours so you could score really low.  My irons were really good so I could hit it really close to the pin.”

Boutier’s round of 67 is the lowest 18-hole ledger score by a Duke golfer in regional play since 2007 when Amanda Blumenherst carded a 63.  

Both Sandy Choi and Alejandra Cangrejo each fired even-par rounds of 72 Thursday and are tied 28th overall.  

Choi, who is a freshman out of San Diego, Calif., opened with birdies on her first two par fives, No. 1 and No. 4, to move to two-under-par.  She suffered a three-putt bogey on the fifth hole totaling six straight pars.  Choi hit No. 12 and had her second three-putt bogey of the day, before closing with six consecutive pars.  She hit 14 greens, 13 fairways and had 32 putts on the day.  

A product of Bogota, Colombia, Cangrejo held a one-under-par score through eight holes as she rolled in a birdie on No. 4.  After a bogey on the ninth hole, Cangrejo went back to one-under-par following a great drive on the 295-yard, par four 11th hole that left her just short of the green.  After the birdie putt, Cangrejo move further on the back nine and had back-to-back bogeys on No. 13 and No. 14.  She had a great 21-foot birdie putt drop in the cup on the challenging 163-yard, par three 17th to get back to even, where she finished the day.  Cangrejo hit 12 greens, nine fairways and had 30 putts in the first round.

Liu featured a very colorful scorecard in Thursday’s first round as she notched seven birdies, six pars, three bogeys, one double-bogey and one triple-bogey on her way to finishing with a one-over-par, 73.  She opened her day with a par and then reeled off three straight birdies on the second through fourth holes to get to three-under-par.  Liu, who is a native of Beijing, China, ran into trouble off the tee on the eighth hole and suffered a double-bogey, but got back to three-under-par with back-to-back birdies on No. 9 and No. 10.  

On the short par four 11th, Liu tried to go for the green off the tee and ended up in the greenside bunker and suffered a bogey.  She then plugged in the greenside bunker on the 12th and finished with a triple-bogey.  Liu went on to bogey the next two holes to fall back to three-over-par, before closing with birdies on No. 15 and No. 16 and pars on the final two holes.  She hit 13 greens, nine fairways and had 32 putts.  

Senior Laetitia Beck turned in a three-over-par, 75, and is tied 70th overall following day one.  On Thursday, she burned the edges of the cup all day long and finished with 33 putts, while hitting 13 greens and 10 fairways.  Beck, who is from Caesarea, Israel, held a one-under-par ledger through eight holes, before going double, birdie, double and bogey to move to three-over-par through 12 holes.  She closed the final six holes at even par that included a chip-in birdie on No. 18.  

Duke will tee off Friday in the second round beginning at 1:11 p.m. off hole 10 along with South Carolina and Stanford.

“I think we just need to make more birdies,” commented Boutier regarding the next two days of play.  “The course is really short so you can really score, but you have to be careful because some of the holes are actually pretty tricky even though they are short.  You can go for the pin and not just hit the center of the green.  You would think that you can go to the green by hitting your driver, but actually hitting it short of the bunkers and playing conservative golf might be more efficient.  You have to be more careful with that.”


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Duke Results
- 2 Celine Boutier Duke 67 -5
- T28 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 72 E
- T28 Sandy Choi Duke 72 E
- T46 Yu Liu Duke 73 +1
- T70 Laetitia Beck Duke 75 +3

1 Team Scores
1 Vanderbilt 277 -11
2 Tulane 280 -8
3 Virginia 283 -5
4 Duke 284 -4
5 NC State 286 -2
T6 UCF 289 +1
T6 Texas State 289 +1
T6 East Tennessee St. 289 +1
T9 Pepperdine 290 +2
T9 Florida State 290 +2
T11 South Carolina 291 +3
T11 Campbell 291 +3
T11 Stanford 291 +3
14 Auburn 293 +5
T15 Kentucky 295 +7
T15 Louisville 295 +7
17 Troy 296 +8
T18 Baylor 297 +9
T18 East Carolina 297 +9
20 Georgia 298 +10
21 College of Charleston 299 +11
22 Seton Hall 302 +14
23 Murray State 307 +19
24 Alabama State Univ. 315 +27

Start Finish Player Team Scores
- 1 Emily Penttila Tulane 65 -7
- 2 Celine Boutier Duke 67 -5
- T3 Brittany Marchand NC State 68 -4
- T3 Lori Beth Adams * UNC Wilmington 68 -4
- T3 Jenny Hahn Vanderbilt 68 -4
- T3 Mariah Stackhouse Stanford 68 -4
- T3 Simin Feng Vanderbilt 68 -4
- T3 Gabriella Wahl East Tennessee St. 68 -4
- T9 Augusta James NC State 69 -3
- T9 Matilda Castren Florida State 69 -3
- T9 Fanny Cnops UCF 69 -3
- T9 Grace Na Pepperdine 69 -3
- T13 Lauren Diaz-Yi Virginia 70 -2
- T13 Lauren Coughlin Virginia 70 -2
- T13 Gemma Dryburgh Tulane 70 -2
- T13 Kaew Preamchuen * Kennesaw State 70 -2
- T13 Irina Gabasa Vanderbilt 70 -2
- T13 Lora Assad Texas State 70 -2
- T19 Elizabeth Brightwell Virginia 71 -1
- T19 Alex Milan Florida State 71 -1
- T19 Antonia Scherer Vanderbilt 71 -1
- T19 Marissa Chow Pepperdine 71 -1
- T19 Sarah Schmelzel South Carolina 71 -1
- T19 Ashley Holder UCF 71 -1
- T19 Lisbeth Brooks Campbell 71 -1
- T19 Tara Lyons Louisville 71 -1
- T19 Maty Monzingo Texas State 71 -1
- T28 Clara Baena Auburn 72 E
- T28 Madison Opfer Tulane 72 E
- T28 Briana Mao Virginia 72 E
- T28 Liz Breed Kentucky 72 E
- T28 Abby Newton * Mississippi 72 E
- T28 Alejandra Cangrejo Duke 72 E
- T28 Kendall Martindale Vanderbilt 72 E
- T28 Suzie Lee South Carolina 72 E
- T28 Sandy Choi Duke 72 E
- T28 Lauren Kim Stanford 72 E
- T28 Harang Lee Georgia 72 E
- T28 Sian Evans East Tennessee St. 72 E
- T28 Hayley Davis Baylor 72 E
- T28 F. Gustafsson Spang East Carolina 72 E
- T28 Taylor McGraw Troy 72 E
- T28 Mary Chandler Bryan College of Charleston 72 E
- T28 Fatima Fern Cano Troy 72 E
- T28 Delaney Howson Murray State 72 E
- T46 Lindsay McGetrick NC State 73 +1
- T46 Silvia Garces Tulane 73 +1
- T46 Victoria Trapani Auburn 73 +1
- T46 Haley Mills Kentucky 73 +1
- T46 Lacey Fears * Mercer University 73 +1
- T46 Samantha Swinehart South Carolina 73 +1
- T46 Alina Ching Pepperdine 73 +1
- T46 Yu Liu Duke 73 +1
- T46 Casey Danielson Stanford 73 +1
- T46 Katie Petrino Louisville 73 +1
- T46 Kaylin Yost Campbell 73 +1
- T46 Tahnia Ravnjak Campbell 73 +1
- T46 Alison Kruse Seton Hall 73 +1
- T46 Lejan Lewthwaite Texas State 73 +1
- T60 Alex Harrell Auburn 74 +2
- T60 Marta Sanz Auburn 74 +2
- T60 Christina Vosters * Penn State 74 +2
- T60 Monifa Sealy UCF 74 +2
- T60 Nadine White Campbell 74 +2
- T60 Louise Gateau-Chovelon Baylor 74 +2
- T60 Rocio Sanchez Lobato Georgia 74 +2
- T60 Fanny Wolte East Carolina 74 +2
- T60 Linda Dobele East Tennessee St. 74 +2
- T60 Louise Olsson College of Charleston 74 +2
- T70 Ale Walker Kentucky 75 +3
- T70 Anna Böhmer Florida State 75 +3
- T70 Cylia Damerau Kentucky 75 +3
- T70 Lydia Gumm Florida State 75 +3
- T70 Kristine Odaiyar UCF 75 +3
- T70 Laetitia Beck Duke 75 +3
- T70 Justine Dreher South Carolina 75 +3
- T70 Katie Kirk East Carolina 75 +3
- T70 Hadas Libman Baylor 75 +3
- T70 Laura Restrepo Louisville 75 +3
- T70 Sammi Lee Georgia 75 +3
- T70 Vivienne Chin East Tennessee St. 75 +3
- T70 Becca Horner Troy 75 +3
- T70 Erin McClure Seton Hall 75 +3
- T70 Iman Nordin Texas State 75 +3
- T70 Laura Fuenfstueck College of Charleston 75 +3
- T70 Jenelle Kraakman Alabama State Univ. 75 +3
- T87 Belen Goicoechea Tulane 76 +4
- T87 Sarah Harris Kentucky 76 +4
- T87 Ana Menendez NC State 76 +4
- T87 Ellen Ceresko * Penn State 76 +4
- T87 Kaitlyn Price UCF 76 +4
- T87 Katelyn Dambaugh South Carolina 76 +4
- T87 Shannon Gramley Louisville 76 +4
- T87 Lane Gakeler East Carolina 76 +4
- T87 Emily Haas Louisville 76 +4
- T87 Louise Latorre Campbell 76 +4
- T87 Laura Lonardi Baylor 76 +4
- T87 Ali Cowan Texas State 76 +4
- T99 Diana Fernandez Auburn 77 +5
- T99 Liv Cheng Pepperdine 77 +5
- T99 Maggie Beth Byers Baylor 77 +5
- T99 Manuela Carbajo Re Georgia 77 +5
- T99 Hannah Basalone Seton Hall 77 +5
- T99 Langley Vannoy Troy 77 +5
- T99 Megan Tenhundfeld Seton Hall 77 +5
- T99 Jackie Van Meter Murray State 77 +5
- T99 Sydney Trimble Murray State 77 +5
- T99 Dismary Marquez Alabama State Univ. 77 +5
- T109 Rachael Taylor NC State 78 +6
- T109 Somin Lee Pepperdine 78 +6
- T109 Marissa Mar Stanford 78 +6
- T109 Brooklyn Kraakman Alabama State Univ. 78 +6
- T109 Morgan Webber College of Charleston 78 +6
- T114 Carlton Kuhlo Florida State 79 +7
- T114 Mariko Tumangan Stanford 79 +7
- T114 Amira Alexander Georgia 79 +7
- T117 Portland Rosen Virginia 80 +8
- T117 Julia Neumann College of Charleston 80 +8
- T117 Karlie Zabrosky Seton Hall 80 +8
- T120 Nico Engstroem Skaug East Carolina 81 +9
- T120 Abbi Stamper Murray State 81 +9
- T120 Brooke Spinks Troy 81 +9
- 123 Lourdes Lopez East Tennessee St. 82 +10
- 124 Sophie Hillier Murray State 83 +11
- 125 Sylvia Masango Alabama State Univ. 85 +13
- 126 Shanon Spinuzzi Alabama State Univ. 87 +15


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