Boutier brilliant as Bonville Golf Resort delivers

Celine Boutier at the beautiful Bonville golf course. Photo: Golf NSW

French golfer Celine Boutier added a second Ladies European Tour title to her name with a resounding win in the inaugural Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville Golf Resort near Coffs Harbour on Sunday.

Despite a rain delay which suspended play for more than three hours, the 24-year-old saw off all challengers to win the Ladies European Tour-sanctioned event in fading light and with American Katie Burnett storming through the final round.

“It was hard, and I was a little bit nervous,” 24-year-old Boutier admitted later, concerned the sustained rain and fading light might halt her momentum when play finally resumed at 5.45pm (AEDST).

“It’s not always easy when you have to get back out in the middle of a round but I did my best.”

Several Australians featured prominently in the event but were unable to make ground on the leader throughout the final day. Of the international visitors, American Christina Kim said the region was among the most beautiful she had seen in Australia.

“This is my first visit to Coffs Harbour, and it’s been absolutely breath-taking,” Kim said. “My first day here I’m like I saw a koala (and) a wallaby in the wild. “It’s been an incredible week, it really has.”

Bonville Resort Chairman Peter Montgomery said the event was an outstanding success, brought together in a short timeframe and shining the international spotlight on one of Australia’s most beautiful regions and golf courses.

“We provided the venue and a lot of assistance by our staff but the background operation of putting it together by Golf NSW, the Australian Ladies Professional Golf, and the Ladies European Tour – that has been outstanding,” Mr Montgomery said.

“We’re very pleased with the way everyone has co-operated together and brought it together in such a very short time. We’ll see how we can make it better next year.”

The action  will continue this week with the Women’s NSW Open beginning on Thursday at Coffs Harbour Golf Club.


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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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