DURHAM, N.C. – With a 54-hole, 12-under-par ledger, 2014 Duke University alumna Celine Boutier registered her first Ladies European Tour title by a four-stroke margin at the Sanya Ladies Open in Hainan, China.
Boutier, who is from Montrouge, France, carded rounds of 67, 69 and 68 over the three days on her way to winning the title by four over Solar Lee (208). The former Duke National Player of the Year made four straight birdies from holes 11 through 14 and then added another on No. 16 for a back nine of 32.
With the victory at the China LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and Asian Ladies Golf Tour co-sanctioned event, Boutier now owns three wins on the year as she registered two victories on the Symetra Tour. She also received a two-year exemption to the Ladies European Tour and a place in the Evian Championship.
“It’s amazing,” commented Boutier. “It’s my first time playing in this event and my first time in China, so I couldn’t have expected the week to have gone any better. My putting was on fire on the back nine, so that helped me to get birdies. It was a lot of fun. The weather has been great and we were staying right by the beach, so it was a great mix of playing golf and going to the beach to relax.”
Boutier will be playing on the LPGA Tour in 2018 as he earned her card from finishing in the top 10 of the Symetra Tour in 2017.