Engstrom on brink of Kenya Ladies Open glory


Engstrom on brink of Kenya Ladies Open glory
Swedish teen Julia Engstrom at the Kenya Ladies Open. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

In Summary

  • Despite illness and a few bad shots, Swedish teenager Julia Engström maintained her dogged campaign in search of a maiden tour victory when she went seven clear of Christine Wolf on the penultimate day of the Magical Kenya Ladies Open.
  • She built a seven stroke lead heading into the final round despite two bogeys in the 17th and 18th and a double bogey on the par three 8th

Despite illness and a few bad shots, Swedish teenager Julia Engström maintained her dogged campaign in search of a maiden tour victory when she went seven clear of Christine Wolf on the penultimate day of the Magical Kenya Ladies Open.

She built a seven stroke lead heading into the final round despite two bogeys in the 17th and 18th and a double bogey on the par three 8th.

The 18-year-old, looking for her breakthrough victory on the Ladies European Tour, carded a two under par 70 in day three of the Ladies European Tour’s magical Kenya open at the Vipingo Ridge PGA accredited course.

Engström, the 2018 Rookie of the Year, was six strokes ahead at halfway and is now seven clear of Christine Wolf, Aditi Ashok, Astrid Vayson de Pradenne and Esther Henseleit, who sit at six under.
Sanna Nuutinen is sixth, while Kylie Henry, Cheyenne Woods, Ursula Wikstrom and Kelsey MacDonald are tied for seventh on two under.

Asked what the secret behind her good run is in the 72 hole event, Engström quipped: “Striking the ball very well and keeping it in the fairways.”

“Today was that good as I was unwell and made some mistakes on my ball striking. I managed to make some birdies which is good. I hit the waters in the eighth which wasn’t that good, but all in all I have been hitting the ball well and really relied on my ball striking this week.

“I just hit a bad shot in the eighth and got into the waters but good quite tired towards the end as I was not feeling well,” She added.

Woods who has been the star attraction in the event tied for seventh with two under par.

“First time to Kenya, so I feel like I have to do a Safari. So, Monday is my day. I definitely would love to (come back to Kenya); I know there is a lot more to do and see so I am hoping to come back next and in the future.”

ROUND 3 LEADERBOARD

1 Julia Engstrom (SWE) -13 (67, 66, 70) 203
2 Christine Wolf (AUT) -6 (73,, 71,, 66) 210
2 Aditi Ashok (IND) -6 (73, 70, 67) 210
2 Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA) -6 (69, 74, 67) 210
2 Esther Henseleit (GER) -6 (69, 7,0 71) 210
6 Sanna Nuutinen (FIN) -5 (72, 68, 71) 211
7 Kylie Henry (SCO) -2 (73, 71, 70) 214
7 Cheyenne Woods (USA) -2 (70, 70, 74) 214
7 Ursula Wikstrom (FIN) -2 (71, 68, 75) 214
7 Kelsey Macdonald (SCO) -2 (71, 68, 75) 214

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