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Vipingo to host inaugural Ladies Euro Tour

By Charles Thuku
Saturday, October 5th, 2019
Meghan MacLaren of England in past event. Photo/COURTESY

The inaugural Ladies European Tour event on East African soil, dubbed the Magical Kenya Ladies Open, will take place from December 5-8 on Vipingo Ridge’s Baobab Course, the only (UK) PGA accredited golf course on the continent.

Not only will this event mark the very first time professional lady golfers will have played competitively in the region, it will also be the final event of the 2019 season after the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de Espana from November 28-December 1.

The 72-hole stroke play competition will prove a significant milestone in the history of the sport in Kenya and work to motivate the next generation of female players throughout the country.

The field size is expected to be 96 and in an invitation to the players, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said: “We are pleased to host the Magical Kenya Ladies Open for the first time.

It is our hope and expectation that your participation will inspire other women to take up the sport and awaken  their potential to play professionally.

We warmly welcome all the players to Kenya and wish everyone a rewarding experience in our magical country.”

Broadcasted live across the globe to millions of viewers, the event will showcase Kenya as a unique golfing and holiday destination as well as elevate the country as an important player on the world’s stage, not just in terms of golf but sports in general.

Dirk Glittenberg, Managing Director of U.COM Event, said: “Our long-term vision of bringing women’s professional golf to Kenya is finally becoming a reality.

We are always striving to find new destinations for the Ladies European Tour and the Kenyan Coast will be a very memorable one for all players, their guests and TV spectators worldwide.”