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Kenyan Golf Champion [13] to play alongside
‘let’ professional lady golfers at Vipingo Ridge

This Friday and Saturday will see lady professional golfers, who feature on the Ladies European Tour, play two Pro-Ams on Vipingo Ridge’s PGA Baobab Course during their inaugural visit to Kenya, writes Samson Ateka.

With 13 professionals now confirmed to attend the event, more than 36 Kenyan golfers are scheduled to participate alongside them.

Florentyna Parker from England | Coastweek

  Among these local players are 13-year-old Alyssa Jamal who earlier this month won Lady Captain’s Prize golf tournament at Nyali Golf and Country Club - an incredible fete for this young player beating participants with many more years of experience.

Jamal, who has already has a handicap of 8, is a promising junior athlete from Nyali Golf Club and Vipingo Ridge welcomes this younger generation to participate in such high-profile events, believing in the incredible part sport has to play in the development of Kenyan children and young adults.

Other notable local players include former Ladies National Golf Champion, Naomi Wafula.

The 20 year-old, from Kitale Golf Club, has already enjoyed a sterling career despite her age, representing Kenya in golf throughout her teens.

Last year, she won the Nyali Bowl at the Ladies Coast Open.

Mike Round Turner, General Manager at Vipingo Ridge stated:

"We look forward to welcoming these incredible young women and all the players involved to Vipingo Ridge later this week.

"It’s shaping up to be a fantastic event -one that we hope will showcase Kenya as a safe and quality destination for international sporting events."

The Tour professional players will be on route from the Fatima Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi to the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville and therefore will be making a stop in Kenya between tour events. The Pro-Ams, which will see amateurs pair with the LET professionals.

Florentyna Parker from England is among European Tour professionals touring Kenya this weekend.
All 13 LET players have ranked in the top 100 in the 2018 Order of Merit, with Florentyna Parker from England being the most famous in the field after three professional wins and representing Europe in the 2017 Solheim Cup in Des Moines, USA. Parker placed 13th in the Order of Merit last year.

Other players confirmed to attend are Noemi Jimenez Martin from Spain who finished 19th and Camilla Lennarth (Sweden) who was 23rd.

Vipingo Ridge, in collaboration with U.COM Event, is hosting both events and is proud to promote Kenyan golf and its unique golfing destinations to the world.

Guy Moran, Head of Property and Development at The PGA, commented:

"This event promises to be a triumph helping to put Kenyan golf on the map, especially by promoting ladies golf throughout the country and further afield.

The PGA fully supports such activities and congratulates Vipingo Ridge, U.COM and partners for putting together a world-class Pro-Am at relatively short notice.

"We look forward to seeing many more of the same."


Chinese golfer Wu to compete at golf tournament in Kenya

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Chinese professional golfer Wu Ashun will compete at this year’s Kenya Open Golf Tournament scheduled for mid-March in Nairobi, organizers announced on Monday.

Patrick Obath, tournament director, said that the 34-year-old golfer, who has won the European tour three times, will be one of the star attractions at Kenya’s premier golf event.

"Wu will compete alongside other players from across the globe for top honors at the competition that has since been elevated to a European Tour event," Obath said during the launch of the championship in Nairobi.

In recent years, Europe witnessed an increasing number of tours held outside Europe.

Since 2016, Wu has played primarily on the European tour during which he won the Lyoness Open in the same year and had a third European Tour win in 2018 to add to his five professional wins so far.

Obath said that the entries will close in the middle of February so it was still not possible to determine the number of players.

The director said that Kenya will field 12 professionals and six elite amateurs during the challenge.

Peter Kanyago, chairman of the Kenya Open Golf Limited, said the four-day event will be broadcast live around the world and will be beamed to over 490 million household across the globe.


European Tour Stars play Vipingo Ladies Invitational Pro-Ams



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