Pro-am to curtain raise the first ever ladies European golf tour in Kenya


Pro-am to curtain raise the first ever ladies European golf tour in Kenya
The leading Ladies European Tour players are expected to feature in Kenya. (PHOTO/Skysports/Courtesy)

Tiger Woods’ niece Cheyenne Woods is the star attraction as the Pro-Am of the Magical Kenya Ladies Open tees off at Vipingo Ridge course on Wednesday.

Cheyenne is drawn alongside Martha Vincent, Jean Ngengi and Lawrence Kimathi the KCB Bank Chief Finance Officer which will be the last group off the first tee.

Cheyenne is playing in Africa for the first time as an invitee of the Ladies European Tour (LET).

Also in the Pro-Am mix are Njeri Onyango, KCB Bank Kenya board member and Strategy Director Reginald Kikwai.

Magical Kenya Open Tournament Director Patrick Obath, his wife Terry Obath and former Kenya Golf Union Chairman Francis Okwara will tee it up in the same group with French professional Astrid Vayson de Pradenne.

Another French professional Camille Chevalier is lined up along with Jamal Agil, Florence Karimi and George Gachanja.

The Pro-Am has attracted quite a big chunk of local ladies and male amateurs.

Action proper starts on Thursday morning through to Sunday with a 72 hole stroke-play competition.

Ruiru Sports Club Captain and KCB Bank Communications Manager Peter Mwaura will start off from the tenth.tee with Germany pro Olivia Cowan and compatriots Susan Mwangi and Rufus Gichuki.

The Magical Kenya Ladies Open has attracted a stellar entry with leading pros from LET signed up for the momentous event.

Among them are 11 winners from the LET series who will be seeking for crucial points as Kenya makes its debut on the prestigious LET championship.

Austria’s Christine Wolf who carded three-under 69 and totalled 277 for a three-shot victory in the Hero Women’s Indian Open at the DLF Golf and Country Club course in Gurugram is among those making the list of top players.Wolf is ranked number two in the 2019 Order of Merit, and will definitely be among the top names on the event.

The Indian event was Christine’s first title after six years on the Ladies European Tour.

Other top LET players entered for the event include Beth Allen, the only American winner of the Order of Merit, as well as Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord, currently number one in the rankings for 2019, and front runner Esther Henseleit from Germany.

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