Kenya will host the opening round of the 2023 Ladies European Tour after the organizers allowed Vipingo Ridge to stage the event for the third time. Preparations for the event are now underway ahead of the tournament which will be held from 2nd to 5th February 2023 on the 18-hole Baobab Course, the continent’s sole PGA-accredited course.
Two times champion Germany’s Esther Henseleit will be returning to Vipingo Ridge, Kilifi County, to defend her Magical Kenya Ladies Open title among a field size of 96 professional players in a bid to secure a head start on the Race to Costa del Sol.
First held at the end of 2019 and a second time in February 2022 after a Covid-enforced break, the tournament features golfers from different nationalities including a selection of local players at the invitation of the LET.
Henseleit spoke of her return: “I’m really looking forward to going back to Kenya to defend my title. It’s a special place for me because it’s where I won my first professional tournament and I’ve always found there’s a great atmosphere with many friendly faces. A great way to start the season!”
Announcing the return of the tournament, LET CEO Alexandra Armas said: “We are thrilled to be kick-starting our record-breaking 2023 LET season with the Magical Kenya Ladies Open. Our players love the magnificent Baobab Course and the unique safari-like atmosphere at Vipingo Ridge and many of our members will be returning for the third edition of the tournament. We can’t wait to start what will be a busy and exciting year on the LET.”
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.