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Lilia Vu wins Annika Sorenstam’s LPGA event for fourth victory of year

Lilia Vu wins Annika Sorenstam’s LPGA event for fourth victory of year

Bianca Pagdanganan waits on the tenth green during the second round of The ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican at Pelican Golf Club on November 10, 2023 in Belleair, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

There was a point during Bianca Pagdanganan’s season when she missed four cuts in a row by a single stroke. She called it crushing.

“When you’re going through those times,” she said, “it feels like you’re never going to got out of it.”

Pagdanganan tried to find other hobbies outside of golf to fill her time so that the game wouldn’t consume her. She picked up baking, raving about her chocolate chip cookies, and she started crocheting. She also read about a dozen books.

When she finally did manage to turn things around – a share of third in Arkansas and a share of second in Texas – it was too late to make it to any of the Asian events because fields were already set.

Forced to sit out for a month while she crocheted a narwhal and dinosaur, the wait, and the hobbies, paid off.

Pagdanganan came into The Annika 60th on the CME point list – the top 60 advance – and finished 57th after a top-20 finish at Pelican that included a birdie on the last hole.

“I kept working hard and just doing everything I could to try to get my game back,” said Pagdanganan. “It takes a lot to be able to do that so I’m very proud of that.”


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