Duke Captures Sixth NCAA Women’s Golf Title by Two strokes over Southern California


Blue Devils’ Celine Boutier finishes second in individual competition

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Duke held off defending champion Southern California by two strokes Friday to claim its sixth NCAA women's golf title. The Trojans' Doris Chen captured the individual championship, edging Duke Celine Boutier by two strokes.

Entering the final round with a six-stroke lead over Southern California, the Blue Devils shot a final round 6-under 274 at the Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club to finish the four-day event at 10-over 1,130. Southern California shot a 10-under 270, finishing with a 12-over 1,132.

The top-ranked Trojans came out strong, reaching 10-under par as a team and at one point led by as many as four strokes. But the ACC Champion Blue Devils, with under-par rounds from Boutier, Sandy Choi, Laetitia Beck and Alejandra Cangrejo rallied on the back nine to claim the national championship.

Duke coach Dan Brooks also led the Blue Devils to titles in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

UCLA was third at 25 over, followed by Oklahoma at 27 over and Arizona State at 30 over. NC State finished in a three-way tie for 10th at 43 over while Virginia was 14th at 45 over.