Monday, March 21, 2016


Duke’s Celine Boutier ties course record at LSU Tiger Golf Classic

Duke’s Celine Boutier during the Annika Intercollegiate at Reunion Resort.
Duke’s Celine Boutier during the Annika Intercollegiate at Reunion Resort. ( Tracy Wilcox )
• • •
On the heels of tieing the course record at The University Club in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, since its renovation in 2010, Duke’s Celine Boutier’s 5-under 67 helped her team to a first-round lead Sunday.
The course record was set by Georgia’s Kelley Walsh when she carded a 67 during the second round of the 2013 LSU Tiger Golf Classic.
Former World No 1 female amateur from Paris, Boutier, No. 50 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, hit that mark with a bogey-free round that included five birdies. 
She was also the only player to break par. Teammates No. 3 Leona Maguire and No. 69 Virginia Elena Carta helped the team’s cause with 3-over 75s to end the day at T-11. 
Duke, the No. 2 team in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, sits at 5 over and holds a six-shot lead over No. 7 Arkansas.
Arkansas’ Clara Gorlei is T-5 after carding 1-over 73, Maria Fassi is T-8 after a 2-over round and No. 56 Regina Plasencia is T-11 with a 3-over showing.
No. 18 Tennessee’s Anna Newel, ranked No. 14, fell behind a bit at T-35 after suffering seven bogeys and finishing the day 6 over. Tennessee is three strokes behind Arkansas at 14 over and currently sits in a solo third.
India Clyburn from Cleethorpes, a freshman at North Carolina State, shot a 78 to be T35 overnight.
Jessica Carty (Denver) from Holywood, Belfast, is T63 on 81 alongside Elizabeth Mallett (North Carolina) from Sutton Coldfield.
Rachael Taylor is T84 in a field of 96 players with a disappointing 84.