Frances Bondad Switching Careers

Professional golfer Frances Bondad is now a former pro golfer. She's moving on to a new career, and on Twitter recently she linked to a video that lets all of us watch her as she makes the leap.

Bondad is an Australian who, several years back, was one of the up-and-comers on the Ladies European Tour. In 2011 she was 23 years old and in her fourth year as an LET member.

In 2009, Frances finished 39th on the LET money list. In 2010 she moved up to 26th, and that year included what was then her best finish to date: a runner-up at the Women's Spanish Open.

In 2011, she broke through for her first LET win: a victory at the Sanya Ladies Open in China.

Along the way she'd also been playing back home on the ALPG, where she carded a slew of Top 5 finishes and wracked up nearly $100,000 in career earnings.

In 2011 Bondad was 36th on the LET money list and in 2012 she slipped to 56th (but recorded another runner-up finish). But 2013 is when things went south. Injuries cropped up and she was only able to play five LET tournaments.

It's a story as old as golf: a promising career derailed, first by nagging injuries, and then, when trying to return from the ailments, when the birdies just aren't falling like they used to.

Still only in her mid-20s, Frances faced a decision. And she made one: It was time to try another career path.

So earlier this year Bondad, back home in Australia, enrolled in journalism classes and signed up for classes on television presenting. And that brings us back to Frances letting us look in on her as she makes the leap into broadcasting: her showreel. A showreel is what broadcasters make to showcase their skills to potential employers. Just as a writer would submit samples of his or her writing to a print publication - called "clips" or a "clip file" - broadcasters put together a showreel.

Alas, Frances' showreel is not embeddable, but you can watch it on YouTube here.

Best of luck to Frances in her new career.

Krista Puisite of Big Break Myrtle Beach

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Krista Puisite is a 23-year-old from Latvia now residing in Austin, Texas. Krista wound up in Austin by way of Texas State University, which is in San Marcos, Texas, just outside of Austin.

And Puisite is arguably the best golfer in TSU history. She holds many school records, including lowest season scoring average (72.4 in 2012-13), best tournament score (209), low individual tournament round (67), most below-par rounds and many more. She won five NCAA tournaments while at Texas State, and in her final year was among the national leaders in birdies made. She also earned All-America honors with three victories in her senior season.

Krista turned pro in 2014 and immediately won twice on the Suncoast mini-tour. On the Symetra Tour in 2014, Puisite has made 10 starts and her best finish so far is a tie for fifth place at the Symetra Classic.

Carolin Pinegger of Big Break Myrtle Beach

Carolin Pinegger is the second member of the Big Break Myrtle Beach cast who played collegiate golf at Central Florida (joining Katie Detlefsen).

Carolin is from Austria and now resides in Florida. She spent five years as a member of the Austrian national golf team (2002-07) as a junior golfer. She moved to the United States at age 16 to attend the IMG Academy. From there, she graduated to UCF. She turned pro in 2013 and reached the final stage of LPGA Q-School last year. That earned her status on the Symetra Tour.

And in 2014, Pinegger is in her rookie year as a tour pro, playing on the Symetra Tour. She's made 14 starts so far with a top finish of 27th at the Volvik Championship in February.

Katie Detlefsen of Big Break Myrtle Beach

The next installment of the Golf Channel's Big Break franchise is called Big Break Myrtle Beach, and it begins airing on Oct. 7, 2014.

One of the six women in the 12-golfer cast is LPGA Class A teaching professional Katie Detlefsen. You can follow Katie on Twitter or like her Facebook page.

Katie is a 25-year-old Minnesota native who teaches at both Somerby Golf Club in Minnesota and Raptor Bay Golf Academy in Florida. She has some status on the Symetra Tour, but has not yet gotten into any tournaments.

Detlefsen won the Minnesota state high school championship four years running (2004-07) before heading south to play NCAA golf at Central Florida University. While there, she won the Dinah Shore Trophy, awarded by the LPGA, for combined academic performance, community service and golf scoring average for a Division I golfer. That was in 2010.

After turning pro Katie played some on the Women's Canadian Tour in 2012, then turned to teaching. But she didn't give up competing. In 2012, she had a Top 10 finish at the LPGA Teaching & Club Professional National Championship, and 2013 she won the LPGA T&CP Midwest Championship.

So Yeon Ryu Wins in Canada

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So Yeon Ryu is the 2014 Canadian Women's Open champion, finishing with a 2-stroke victory over Na Yeon Choi. It was quite a week for Ryu, who at one point looked as if she might challenge or even break Annika Sorenstam's all-time LPGA record for most strokes under par.

Ryu started with a 63 in the first round, then shot 66, 67 and 69. She finished at 23-under-par 265. But when she started the back nine of her final round, Ryu was at 24-under. Sorenstam's LPGA record is 27-under. Alas, Ryu soon bogied and was unable to get any back-nine momentum. But the victory is what mattered most, and she did get that.

It's the third win for Ryu on the LPGA Tour. The biggest of those three was obviously the 2011 U.S. Women's Open. Ryu also has eight career wins on the Korean LPGA.

Michelle Wie Attends 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Premiere

Look who was on the red carpet in Los Angeles: Michelle Wie, complete with a brace on her right wrist and hand to help heal up. Well, if injury is currently sidelining you from golf, there are worse things to do than attend Hollywood premieres.

Wie was at the premiere of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the new Jessica Alba flick. She attended with her pal Jamie Kuhn, a former Florida State golf who now is a client manager with IMG, Wie's management company:

The above photo was shared by Wie on Instagram. "What a fun experience, loved the movie as well," Wie wrote of the premiere, which took place at LA's famous Chinese Theater.

The following photo was posted to Instagram by Josh Alba, brother of Jessica, and it's a group shot in which you can spot Kuhn, Wie (in the back), plus Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (oh, not to mention Jessica Alba herself):

Yep, it's good to be Wie.