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The stage is finally set for the inaugural international Pro-Am between local amateurs and visiting lady professionals from the Ladies European Tour (LET) at Vipingo Ridge’s PGA Baobab course in Kilifi County.

By Thursday afternoon, 52 amateurs most of them drawn from the Coast region such as Nyali’s Daniel Nduva, had been listed in the two-day Pro-Am event, whose first round is set for Friday afternoon.

Mike Round Tunner, the General manager at Vipingo Ridge said the event will feature 13 visiting lady professionals and 39 amateurs and will start at 1pm.

Besides the South Africa-based Nduva, other notable amateurs will include Muthaiga’s Christina Andersen, Karen’s Charles and Betty Gacheru, former ladies amateur champion Naomi Wafula and youngster Andrew Wahome from Nyali.

Another Nyali junior Alyssa Jamal, 13, who won the Lady Captain’s Prize golf tournament at Nyali three weeks ago, is also listed to play.

The Tour professional players are making a stop over in Kenya, enroute to the Australian Ladies Classic Bonvile, from the Fatima Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi.

All the 13 LET players are ranked in the top 100 in the 2018 Order of Merit.

Among them will be 29-year-old Florentyna Parker from England, 30-year-old Camila Lennarth of Sweden, 25-year-old Amy Boulden from Wales, England’s Annabel Dimmock, 22, Laura Fuenfstueck (24) among others.


Noemi Jimenez Martin from Spain will also play in the event.

Vipingo Ridge, in collaboration with U.COM Event, is hosting both Pro-Ams 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, said,

“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.”

Meanwhile, the event is being supported by institutions such as Safaricom through its Mpesa brand, and Kenya Tourist Board’s Magical Kenya.

Safaricom has been named as the Gold sponsor, while Magical Kenya takes the Silver sponsorship category.