Preparations in top gear up for Karen Ladies Open as players stream in


GOLF Preparations in top gear up for Karen Ladies Open as players stream in

Abigael Wafula 09:45 - 27.04.2023

The inaugural tournament was held in April 2022.

Preparations for the second edition of the Karen Ladies Open set to take place on Saturday, April 29 at the par-72 Karen Country Club are in top gear having attracted approximately 200 lady golfers.

The inaugural tournament was held in April 2022, and at the time, attracted top amateur lady golfers from across the country including defending champion Naomi Wafula. This year’s tournament is set to attract even more participants.

Some of the top names drawn for this year’s tournament include Louisa Gitau (Former Lady Captain at Karen), Joyce Wanjiru, Diana Mbuba, Belinda Wanjiru and Mercy Nyanchama. Margaret Njoki, Nancy Wairimu, Ashley Awuor, Margareta Gram among others will also be in the mix. They will be aiming to gain points towards the Golfer of the Year Award.

The event which is part of the Kenya Ladies Golf Union (KLGU) Golfer of the Year competition is organized by Karen Country Club and is aimed at promoting women’s golf in the country.

Speaking ahead of the tournament, Karen Country Club Lady Captain Doreen Murithi expressed her excitement towards hosting the event and promised an exciting tournament.

She added that the course is in excellent condition and they are confident that it will provide a challenging yet enjoyable experience for all the participants.

"With an expected number of 200 lady golfers participating, we guarantee an exciting display of golfing talent that will be a thrill to watch. We are grateful to our sponsors, including EABL through Johnnie Walker, for their continued support of golf in Kenya, and we look forward to a successful tournament," she added.

As part of its continued commitment to supporting inclusion and diversity in sports through golf, Johnnie Walker has stepped up to sponsor the Karen Ladies Open. Marketing Manager Josephine Katambo said that the tournament is a great step towards promoting women’s golf.

" We recognize the importance of supporting women's golf in Kenya and creating opportunities for female golfers to showcase their talent. We believe that through our partnership, we can help promote golf as a sport for all and inspire more women to take up golf," said Katambo.