On November 17 to 19 at Hainan Island, China – French rookie Céline Boutier hit quar-shots to her first championship at China LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and Asian Ladies Golf Tour co-sanctioned event.
‘France’s Céline Boutier won her first Ladies European Tour title by a four-stroke margin at the Sanya Ladies Open in Hainan, China.
With a final round of 68, played in warm and breezy conditions, the 24-year-old Parisienne recorded a 54-hole total of 12-under-par and became the second French rookie to win in a fortnight after Camille Chevalier’s victory at the Hero Women’s Indian Open.
The former Duke star opened with rounds of 67 and 69 to take a one-stroke advantage into the final round at Yalong Bay Golf Club. She bogeyed the fourth and fifth holes, handing a one-stroke lead to Valdis Thora Jonsdottir from Iceland, who then birdied the eighth, but Boutier made her first birdie at the ninth, where Jonsdottir dropped a shot.
Tied for the lead on seven-under at the turn, Boutier then made four straight birdies from the 11th and added another at the 16th in a back nine of 32, to finish four shots clear of Solar Lee from South Korea.
Boutier earned 45,000 euros for the victory, her third of the year after two wins on the US Symetra Tour, as well as a two-year exemption to the LET and a place in the Evian Championship.
“It’s amazing. 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,” Boutier said. “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.”
In the first round our player, Wichanee Meechai was co-lead with the winner.
‘Newcomer Céline Boutier of France and Wichanee Meechai of Thailand posted five-under-par 67s on Friday to share the lead after the first round of the Sanya Ladies Open at Yalong Bay Golf Club on Hainan Island, China.[…]
Meechai had just one bogey in her round after missing the green on the par-three fifth, but is well placed to improve on her joint eighth finish at this event last year.
The 25-year-old, who lost her LPGA card this year after her first season on tour, is in a confident mood.
“I felt good about my game, so I hit it close and made some putts. I expect to win the tournament because I want to give myself confidence and then go to the final stage of LPGA Q-School.”
21 Thai ladies had participated in the tournament. 14 made into cut. 6 of them finished within top ten. Duo: Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras and Prima Thammaraks shared fourth with six under-par 210. Following by quartet; Thidapa Suwannapura; Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul; Pavarisa Yoktuan; and Wichanee Meechai, the first round co-leader, are collectively fire a stroke behind (five under-par 211).