Herald Sun - 24 October 2011
AUSTRALIAN Frances Bondad came from two strokes behind overnight leader Pan Yan Hong to lift her maiden trophy as a professional at the Sanya Ladies Open in Hainan, China.
The 23-year-old birdied the final hole at Yalong Bay Golf Club to edge one stroke clear of Scotland's Vikki Laing, who closed with a bogey after getting caught in the bunker. Bondad fired rounds of 68, 70 and a bogey-free final round of 67 to earn a one-stroke victory at 205, 11 under par for the tournament, securing a first prize cheque for 30,000 euros ($A40,500) and a three-year exemption to the Ladies European Tour.
"It feels unreal ... it hasn't hit me yet," Bondad said.
Bondad sealed the victory with an eight-foot putt. "I was hitting it close and I just wasn't making any putts and when that eagle putt went in at the ninth, that kept me going, and made me think, `I can get up there'," she said.
Bondad, whose previous-best finish in four seasons on the Ladies European Tour was a tie for second at the 2010 Open de Espana Femenino, said that a course of sports hypnosis had been instrumental to her victory.
Ranked 65th on the LETs Henderson Money List, she felt she was struggling and recently went in search of something different to turn her game around.
"I got hypnotised two weeks ago and he spoke to my subconscious mind and got rid of my bad past," Bondad said. "I've found out a few things about myself. I've sorted that out and its unbelievable the way its changed me."
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