Celine Boutier Wins Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville 2018
French golfer Celine Boutier has won the inaugural Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville after a final round of 73 and a tournament tally of 10-under-par. She was fighting off Katie Burnett from the US, who has a final of 8-under. Iceland's Valdis Jonsdottir and Sweden's Daniela Holmqvist were close, on 7-under and 6-under respectively, followed by a fifth place tie of Holly Clyburn (Eng) and Nanna Madsen (Denmark) on 5-under. Australians Rebecca Artis and Hannah Green finished on 4-under and 3-under respectively.
This is 24 year old Boutier's second Ladies European Tour win. Earlier this month, at the Australian Womens Open in Adelaide Boutier missed the cut. She did not allow that to lessen her determination to continue and to succeed, and this became apparent during the third and then final rounds of the Ladies Classic at Bonville.
Rain fell during Saturday's third round. This did not deter Boutier who persevered through the sometimes heavy falls and she ended on 67 with a five stroke lead. Her caddie, Shane Codd, managed to shelter her equipment from the rain and she has thanked him for that.
Sunday's final round began in near perfect conditions. It was warm and bright, the sun was beaming. Boutier maintained her lead through seven holes. At the 10th, Katie Burnett's birdie narrowed the lead to four strokes. Then at 2.00pm the tropical storm hit with lightning, thunder and pelting rain bringing the game to a temporary halt. After three hours of waiting, the storm passed. The course drained remarkably fast and play resumed at 5.45pm. The tournament ended as daylight faded.
“It feels great. I really enjoyed playing at Bonville Golf Resort and I’m proud of how I handled the weather conditions,” said Boutier.
“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. 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.”