Most of the golfers on the Symetra Tour have an excellent resume full of accomplishments playing the game.
However, you would have to look a long time to find a golfer with a better college record than Self Healthcare Classic winner Celine Boutier.
The 2016 Duke grad needed an extra hole to win her first Symetra Tour championship.
She birdied the playoff hole to top Paola Moreno in the Tour event played at Stoney Point Country Club.
“I was a little shaky on my first couple of shots,” said the winner. “I didn’t expect to be nervous, but I think I handled it pretty well.” said Boutier.
While at Duke the native of Montrouge, France led the Blue Devils to the 2014 NCAA championship. Boutier finished as the runner-up in the NCAA tournament.
During her time in Durham she won an ACC individual title and was honored as the ACC Player of the Year, the Freshman of the Year and a member of the All-ACC team and All-Academic team.
She was the Women’s Golf Coaches Association National Player of the Year and a four-time college tournament winner.
Boutier started the final round trailing Moreno by two shots and never was able to take the lead. She did move into a tie with Moreno when the leader bogeyed the 16th hole.
The two golfers finished out their rounds with pars to force the playoff.
On the playoff hole Boutier’s second shot came up short of the green, but she was able to pitch the ball to within three feet for a possible birdie.
Moreno’s approach went long and settled in the fringe about 25 feet from the hole. Her birdie attempt rolled well past the hole and her follow up putt also missed the cup.
Boutier rolled in the winning birdie putt and received the traditional water bottle shower from the remaining Tour players.
The 23 year old was playing in only her fifth Symetra Tour event and had already collected four top-twenty and now three top-ten finishes.
“I’m a little surprised it happened this early in the season, but I am super excited about it,” she said. “I tried during the playoff not to think about the consequences and the big picture of a win. I just stuck to one shot at a time and didn’t think about what a win would mean,” said Boutier.
The previous three winners of the Self Healthcare Classic have all earned their LPGA Tour cards by the end of the season. The Symetra Tour’s largest purse of $30,000 boosted Boutier to second place on the Tour’s money list.
“It is comforting to know the other gils made it on Tour, but I don’t want to stop there. I want to win some more,” she concluded.