Northland professional Caroline Bon came into this week wanting to test out some swing changes under pressure. After 54 holes she goes back home up north as the champion with that goal accomplished.


The 26-year-old carded a three-under par 69 in today’s final round to secure the inaugural Recreational Services Akarana Open by four shots from Auckland amateur Munchin Keh (72).


Bon was stoked with her win and said the key to her performance was keeping out of trouble in the testing conditions.

“I just stayed in play, I was really steady out there today,” she said. “I made one bogey but apart from that it was just a solid round of golf.”

Bon made four birdies and a bogey in her 69. She is happy with her swing changes that she feels will lead to more consistent golf.

“There is a bit of homework to do. I have two weeks back with my coach so I am looking forward to that. It is definitely getting better.

The former NZ Stroke Play Champion believed her game has improved in the past six months. She had a couple of good finishes in Asia and when she is putting herself into a position to win she is making the most of it.

“Winning at any level is pleasing. I have bigger things in mind this year and my main goal is to be ready for China, so it is good to not only bed in some swing changes but also win.”

Bon is aiming to finish on the top 10 top 10 on the money list for both the Asia and China Tour so she can play in some co-sanctioned events on the LET and LPGA Tours.

She paid tribute to the Charles Tour for fine tuning her game in the meantime.

“The Charles Tour is awesome. It is so good to have this number of people to play against is great. I am so close to home and it is so cheap to travel here and I get some really meaningful competition to be better prepared for bigger events.”



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