SOUTH WALES – Duke University alumna Celine Boutier captured her second victory on the Ladies European Tour Sunday by posting a 10-under-par ledger at the inaugural Australia Ladies Classic Bonville on the Coffs Coast of South Wales.
Boutier, who hails from Montrouge, France, turned in a final round of 73 to finish two shots ahead of Katie Burnett. The win is her fourth overall as a professional as she also won twice on the Symetra Tour.
“It feels great,” commented Boutier. “I really enjoyed playing at Bonville Golf Resort and I’m proud of how I handled the weather conditions.”
The 2014 National Player of the Year turned in a third round of 67 Saturday, which was played in heavy rain, to give her a five-stroke lead going into the final round at the Bonville Golf Resort. Boutier opened Sunday’s rpimdwith two birdies and a bogey over her first seven holes and held a five-stroke lead through nine holes.
With a four-stroke lead through 10 holes, storms swept through the area and forced suspension of play for almost four hours. She held a three stroke leading going into the final hole, but Boutier pushed her drive into the trees and was forced to lay up with her second shot. A great third shot for Boutier stopped within eight fee for birdie. After just missing the birdie putt, Boutier tapped in for par, while Burnett two-putted for birdie to close the round.
“We had a little bit of everything with a delay in the middle of the round, so it wasn’t too easy to get back into the rhythm, but I’m pleased that we finished,” commented Boutier. “I was a bit nervous, because I wanted to finish before dark and it’s not always easy when you go back out after a delay; it was definitely tough. I had two bogeys after we went back out, but I did my best. I feel like I managed it pretty well.”