In Summary
  • Karen will host the Lady Captain’s Prize and Prime Bank Diwali tourney will be held at Sigona this weekend
  • US star Cheyenne among 107 professional players who will participate in the ladies tournament in Kilifi

American star Cheyenne Woods, a niece of golfing legend Tiger Woods, is among a field of 107 professional golfers listed to play in the Magical Kenya Ladies Open to be held at Vipingo Ridge’s Baobab course in Kilifi County from December 5 to 8.

The 29-year-old, who is in her fifth year in America’s LPGA (Ladies Professional Golfers Association) Tour, will be at Vipingo courtesy of U.Com the event organisers in collaboration with title sponsor Magical Kenya and presenting partner M-Pesa.

A spokesperson for Woods said: “She has been very interested to play in an event in Africa for some time now, and she jumped at the opportunity to travel to Kenya.”

Woods has been invited by U.COM to take part in this momentous tournament- the first of its kind in East Africa. She will play against top Ladies European Tour (LET) players such as 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.

Other notable players coming to Kenya to compete in this 72 hole stroke play event include Meghan Maclaren from Britain, Christine Wolf ranked number two in the 2019 Order of Merit, Indian star Aditi Ashok and two times LET winner Nuria Iturrios of Spain.

In a statement from Vipingo Ridge, chairman Alastair Cavenagh said: “We look forward to welcoming Woods and all participating players to Kenya and believe their involvement in this tournament will help us fulfill our objective to promote gender equality and tourism through golf. We hope they will enjoy the beauty and challenge of our coastal PGA-accredited course and return home with fond memories of this unique golfing destination.”


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