GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Battling through unseasonably cool temperatures and intermittent rain showers, Duke captured the 2014 ACC Women’s Golf Championship at Sedgefield Country Club.Sophomore Celine Boutier, who took home the individual ACC championship with a low score of 210, led the run to the title -- the Blue Devils’ third consecutive and 19th in program history.
“I am very pleased with the way we played [Saturday],” Duke coach Dan Brooks said. “This is a tough course made tougher by the weather conditions. I’m happy with where this team is now. This is a great place to host an ACC Championship. You can’t run a tournament better than they do here. The excitement and support that we receive means a lot to the players.”
A native of Montrouge, France, Boutier’s registered the 16th individual title in program history and the Blue Devils first since 2012. Boutier tallied rounds of 71, 69 and 70 en route to her third consecutive individual event title. Furthermore, Boutier led the field in par five scoring for the week, as she finished the nine par fives at six-under par.
“I thought the course played long today with the conditions being both windy and wet,” Boutier said. “My ball striking and wedges were very good. It was very helpful on the par five’s and four’s, as I was able to save a lot of pars. I’m very pleased with the way I played.”
In addition to Boutier, Duke had three other individuals place in the top 10 of the final leaderboard. Laetitia Beck placed second, five strokes behind Boutier, while Sandy Choi and Yu Liu tied for fifth and eighth, respectively.
After entering the third round tied for seventh, Beck registered the low round of the tournament, as she finished at three-under 68. Beck’s third-round scorecard included eight birdies and five bogeys.
Day one co-leader Virginia (889) finished in second, while NC State (890) placed third and North Carolina (896) came home fourth. Notre Dame (905) and Miami (Fla.) (905) tied for fifth, followed by Florida State (908) and Wake Forest (919). Ninth place was split by Maryland (921) and Clemson (921), with Boston College (959) rounding out the field in 11th.