Golf: Woods niece Cheyenne among top stars at Vipingo Lodge
GOLF By Maarufu Mohamed | November 28th 2019 | 2 min read
American Lady Golf Professional Star Cheyenne Woods, a niece to former world number one Tiger Woods is among international professional lady golfers featuring in this year’s Magical Kenya Ladies Open Golf (MKLO) Championships at the par 72 Vipingo Ridge Baobab Course in Kilifi.
The 29-year-old played at Vipingo course, the only United Kingdom PGA rated course in Africa.
She battles 108 other lady professionals in the Ladies 2019 European Tour (LET) finale season event slated set for December 5th to 8th.
Ladies will battle it out for Sh33 million (300,000 Euros) prize purse on offer with the winner taking home Sh5m in the four-day 72-holes stroke play event that’s preceded by a Pro-Am on Wednesday next week.
The MKLO event, which is the last on the 2019 LET calendar, takes the format of the MKLO championship.
Magical Kenya is the title sponsor while Mpesa is the presenting partner along other sponsors that include KCB Bank, Aquamist, East African Breweries (Johnnie Walker), Turkish Airlines, Vipingo Development, KPA and Wilken.
Cheyenne, on her fifth year on the LPGA Tour, has been invited by U.COM to take part in the tournament as she makes maiden appearance in Africa.
According to her website, Cheyenne has developed interest in playing golf in Africa for quite some time.
She will play against top LET players from 28 countries that include Scottish based American Beth Allen, the only American winner of the Order of Merit as well as Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord, currently number one in the 2019 rankings and front runner Esther Henseleit of Germany.
Bhavi Shah of Nyali and elite Amateur Girls Agnes Nyakio, Mercy Nyanchama and Margaret Njoki will fly the Kenyan Ladies flag.
Other African counterparts include Nigeria’s Georgia Iziemgbe Oboh, Swaziland’s Nobuhle Dlamini, South Africans Stacy Lee Bregman and Lejan Lewthwaite and Morocco’s Maha Haddioui.
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