Top European golfers sign up as Ksh52m Magical Kenya Ladies Open returns to Vipingo

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GOLF Top European golfers sign up as Ksh52m Magical Kenya Ladies Open returns to Vipingo

Joel Omotto 14:00 - 10.01.2024

Big names have confirmed their participation for the fourth edition of the Magical Kenya Ladies Open which will be returning to the stunning Vipingo Ridge next month

Top European golfers have signed up for the Magical Kenya Ladies Open (MKLO) which returns to the 18-hole Baobab Course in Vipingo Ridge, Kilifi County for the fourth edition from February 8-11.

As in the previous two editions (2022 and 2023), the Magical Kenya Ladies Open, the only women's professional golf tournament in East Africa, will serve as the season-opener for the 2024 Ladies European Tour (LET) calendar.

Entries for the tournament opened on January 1 with a field of 108 players expected to compete over four days for a share of the €300,000 (Ksh52,176,767) in prize money, consistent with the previous editions.

Among the notable participants who have already signed up for the tournament are; German Alexandra Forsterling who won the 2023 VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open and the 2023 Mallorca Ladies Open, the 2023 Amundi German Masters champion Kristýna Napoleaová from Czech Republic, 2023 MKLO runner-up Alice Hewson from England, third-place finisher April Angurasaranee from Thailand and last year's hole-in-one sensation, Swedish Lisa Pettersson.

Kenya's top amateur golfer, Naomi Wafula, is expected to lead the local contingent, with additional details about the team to be revealed soon.

The tournament follows the success of the 2023 edition, where Aditi Ashok from India secured her victory with a remarkable nine-shot lead. Held against the scenic backdrop of Vipingo Ridge, the Magical Kenya Ladies Open promises an exciting start to the LET season.

"We are delighted to be hosting the MKLO for the fourth year. The event grows in stature with every year and serves to promote ladies golf in Kenya encouraging junior players from diverse backgrounds to take up the sport,” said Vipingo Ridge Founder Alastair Cavenagh.

“We hope to see a Kenyan player on the tour permanently before too long. The MKLO is undoubtedly one of Kenya's leading international sporting and we encourage spectators and golf enthusiasts to come and watch the action here at Vipingo Ridge Kilifi county from 8-11 February."

The Ladies European Tour (LET) is set for another historic year in 2024, featuring 31 events spanning 20 countries. The highlights will include the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the Solheim Cup in Gainesville, Virginia, and the AIG Women’s Open at St Andrews, which will be the final qualification event for the European Solheim Cup team.

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