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MADELENE STAVNAR AND TEREZA MELECKA WIN THE 2023 MAGICAL KENYA LADIES OPEN PRO-AM

Posted on Thursday, 2nd February 2023 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

Former Kenya Sevens star Lavin Asego follows his tee shot at the PGA Baobab Course, Vipingo Ridge, during the 2023 Magical Kenya Ladies Open ProAm. Lavin picked up the longest drive award.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

The star duo of Madelene Stavnar of Norway and Tereza Melecka of the Czech Republic successfully navigated their team of Joe Carvalho, Omar Lewa, and Evelyn Akinyito to victory at the 2023 Magical Kenya Ladies Open Pro-Am, played at the par-72 PGA Baobab Course, Vipingo Ridge, on Wednesday.

The team which returned a combined score of -28, edged out the team of Kylie Henry, Alexandra Swayne, Maina Joseph, Michelle Muhanda and Richard Frost on a combined -26 score.

The 2023 Pro-Am saw every group of amateurs paired with two professionals, who played nine holes each in an effort to give more pros an opportunity to get in their final practice rounds.

Defending Magical Kenya Ladies Open Champion Esther Henseleit and Ana Pelaez Trivino’s team comprising former Kenya sevens rugby star Lavin Asego, Stephen Kiptinness and Mohammed Nyaoga finished in third after carding a similar -26 score but lost out on count back.

Lavin Asego went on to pick the longest drive accolade in the men’s category, with Sandrah Githere bagging the women’s. A metre distance to the pin won Genie Owiti the closest to the pin award in the women’s category, and Rory Elliot won the men’s category with a 1.70-metre distance.

The main action at the 2023 Magical Kenya Ladies Open teed off yesterday morning, at 8 am, with a total of 96 players set to take on Vipingo Ridge’s PGA Baobab Course for a stake of the 300,000 Euros prize fund.

Spectators can purchase tickets to the four-day tournament through the online platform www.ticketsasa.com which are retailing for Sh 500 per day. For those who can’t make it to Vipingo, the action will be aired live on various TV channels across the globe.

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PRO-AM SETS PACE FOR 2023 MAGICAL KENYA LADIES OPEN

Posted on Tuesday, 31st January 2023 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

The PGA Baobab course at Vipingo Ridge

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

A large field of 226 players tee off Wednesday morning for the Pro-Am competition to curtain raise Thursday’s tournament proper for the latest edition of the Magical Kenya Ladies Open at the lush par-72 PGA Baobab course at Vipingo Ridge.

The day-long event that tees off at 7 am has attracted 152 amateur players including 74 professionals. Wednesday’s action would act as warm-up with the likes of tournament favourites 24-year-old Ana Pelaez Trivino of Spain, defending champion Esther Henseleit and Pia Babnik, the highest-ranked player at the Magical Kenya Ladies Open and Kenya’s Naomi Wafula, set to be the main attractions among the professionals.

As for the amateurs, Avani Prashanth of India, 96th on the World Amateur rankings, and the Kenyan duo of fast-rising juniors, Mariam Mwakitawa and Rohini Shah, will be taking their place on the field. Former Kenya Sevens rugby star Lavin Asego will also be competing, having made the switch from the rugby pitch to the golf course five years ago.

U.COM Event Managing Director Dirk Glittenberg said: The Pro-Am is a great opportunity for the professionals to get a last feel of the course before the tournament tees off. It is also a great chance for the amateurs to measure up their game against the professionals. We have a very exciting mix for this year’s event, which should set the stage for a great week of golf.”

The main championship tournament tees off tomorrow with a field of 96 players, including six amateurs. The full field will play for two days before the cut which will determine the players that will play through the weekend to crown the 2023 Magical Kenya Open Ladies winner on Sunday.

Spectators can purchase tickets to the four-day tournament through the online platform www.ticketsasa.com which are retailing for Sh 500 per day.

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