Magical Kenya Ladies Open tourney tees off in Vipingo December 5

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 00:00 |
Amy Buulden, Wales, tees off during the Ladies Invitational in February 2019. Photo/PD/HARRISON KIVISU

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The 2019 Magical Kenya Ladies Open, a Ladies European Tour event sponsored by Magical Kenya and Safaricom’s M-Pesa, has announced that they will offer a total prize fund of Euros300,000 (over Ss33million) with the overall winner taking home Euros45,000 (Sh5million).

Announcing the prize purse, event promoter Dirk Glittenberg said the purse was globally competitive.

“This is the first time a Ladies European Tour event is being held in Kenya and we are delighted that we have received the necessary support to enable us to host this event and offer a globally acceptable and attractive prize purse,” he said.

Professional golfers choose which tournaments to play in based on a variety of factors – course condition, hospitality is important, the convenience of getting to the venue, the overall experience expected and naturally, the prize purse plays a big part in that decision-making process.

The Euros300,000 prize fund for the Magical Kenya Ladies Open positions the event as one of the richest on the Ladies European Tour.

The Investec South Africa Women’s Open played in Cape Town, offers a prize fund of US$135,600 (Sh13.6m) and the Lalla Meryem Cup, played at the Royal Dar Es Salaam Blue Course in Morocco, offers a prize fund of Euros450,000 (KSh50.5m). The prize fund at the Fatima Bint Mubarak

Prize fund

Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi is US$300,000 and at the Jordan Mixed Open, it is US$393,000.

“There are 17 events on the Ladies European Tour calendar, excluding the Majors, eight of those offer a smaller prize purse than the Magical Kenya Ladies Open, four offer more and another four offer the same prize fund of Euros300,000,” Glittenberg added.

 “We, however, understand that these professional golfers will also be driven to this beautiful country by factors over and above the prize purse and we know they will have a great time in Kenya.

They can visit the beautiful beaches and game parks, enjoy the coastal cuisine and take away with them an experience of a lifetime,” he added

The Magical Kenya Ladies Open takes place from December 5th to 8 at the PGA Baobab Course at Vipingo Ridge.                        

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