Wafula, Nyanchama, Wangari, Walker and Gachaga named for Magical Ladies Open

Kenya Ladies Golf Union (KLGU) chairman Lydia Otieno Obonyo on Wednesday named the final players set to represent the country at the 2024 Magical Kenya Ladies Open set for February 8th to 11th at Vipingo Ridge, Kilifi County.

Otieno named five players led by experienced Naomi Wafula, Mercy Nyanchama, Channelle Wangari and Kellie Gachaga to fly the Kenyan flag.

While naming the team, Obongo said that the ladies golf has grown and needs more support after their imperious performance in last year’s event.

“I want to thank the Kenyan ladies who have shown their need to play at the tournament. Last year, we had one player Naomi Wafula making the cut. That was history and we want this to continue,” said Obonyo.

Playing on her home club, Wafula will be making her 4th appearance at the tournament after playing in 2019, 2022, 2023 and next month’s event where she was the only Kenyan who made the cut and the first Kenyan to make the cut into the final round to finish in 56th position when she fired 18 over par 310.

After that, she went ahead to compete at the 2023 Amundi German Masters, a prestigious golf championship that is a part of the Ladies European Series before winning the 2023 Kiambu Open, the Kenya Amateur Golf Championships series at the Kiambu golf club after beating Uganda’s Godfrey Nsubuga in play-offs.

The 28 Nyanchama from VetLab Sports Club will be making her fourth appearance at the tournament. With a stellar performance at the 2022 MKLO, where she emerged as the highest-ranked Kenyan, Nyanchama’s notable victories include the 2022 Kenya Amateur Match Play tournament and the 2023 Karen Ladies Open.

The youngest Wangari at 17 from VetLab will be making her third appearance at the tournament, having featured in 2022 and 2023. A rising star in Kenyan golf, Wangari’s accolades include securing victories at the Kenya Ladies Open Amateur Championship in 2022 and the Faldo Series Kenya Championship. She also represented Kenya at the 2018 All-Africa Junior Challenge in Morocco and earned qualification for the R&A Junior in England.  

 Also playing at home is Jacqueline Walter who will also be returning for her second appearance at the tournament. As a resident golfer, Walter’s enjoys familiarity with the Baobab Course and will be hoping to capitalize on it.    

Gachaga from Muthaiga golf club will be making her maiden appearance at the tournament after winning the Kenya Ladies Open Strokeplay and Matchplay in 2016.

The Magical Kenya Ladies Open will be the first in a series of 39 events on the Ladies European Tour 2023 calendar – the most fixtures ever held on the Tour.  

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