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You might be able to get away with drilling the frame (I could, but all my bikes are steel), but I wouldn't make that my first choice. A few possible solutions that may work, depending on your exact situation:
--get a hose clamp big enough to go around the seat tube, put the bolt through the strap part of the clamp and tighten it with the head against the tube. Fasten the fender to that with a nut on each side to hold it secure. Cut the bolt off to fit. Put a wrap of tape under the clamp so you don't scratch the frame. You may have to drill the fender, but that's nothing.
--zip ties can work miracles. How about zipping each corner of the front of the fender to a chainstay, or to whatever else you can attach back there?
--alternatively, you could cut an inch or two or six off the front part of the fender, drill a hole in the new end and zip that somewhere higher on the seat tube.
Mounting fenders sometimes isn't an exact science. Improvise. If all else fails, walk through the small hardware section of Home Depot and look in the little drawers. You'll find something that will inspire you.