Magical Kenya Ladies Open R2

Julia Engström takes 6-stroke lead heading into the weekend

December 05-08
Vipingo Ridge, Kilifi, Kenya
€300,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Sweden’s Julia Engström moved a step closer to securing a maiden Ladies European Tour title after taking a six-stroke lead at halfway in the Magical Kenya Ladies Open presented by Safaricom’s M-Pesa.

Kenya Ladies Open R2 - Julia Engström takes 6-stroke lead
Photo courtesy of the Ladies European Tour

The 18-year-old from Halmstad posted a six-under 66 on the Baobab Course at Vipingo Ridge, 30km north of Mombasa. She heads into the weekend on 11 under, ahead of Kelsey MacDonald, Ursula Wikstrom and Esther Henseleit, who are all looking for their first wins. Michele Thomson, Sanna Nuutinen and Cheyenne Woods and all a stroke further back and seven from the lead.

Teeing off from the 10th tee in the morning, Julia wasted little time in picking up from where she left off on Thursday, making birdies on four of her first five holes.

She made a solitary bogey on the par-4 16th for a back nine total of 33 and then played the front nine in 33, courtesy of birdies at the par-3 fourth, the par-5 sixth and the par-4 ninth.


“I didn’t hole that many putts in the middle of the round, but I finished off well. I played solid and hit more greens today, so I’m happy with my round,” said Engström, who ranks 40th on the LET order of merit and fifth in driving distance, with an average drive of 272 yards.

She added: “Obviously it’s golf and anything can happen. It’s a tough course, we are playing it long and you need to play decent. I’m very happy with my first two rounds.

“It’s my first time in Kenya and I’m really enjoying it. It’s quite hot, but it’s pretty cold in Sweden right now, so I’m enjoying the last sunshine of the year.”

Scots pair MacDonald and Thomson also played in the morning and shot a pair of 68s, in the first group out from the 10th tee.

MacDonald said afterwards: “I hit it great off the tee, gave myself a lot of chances and my putting was really solid today. It was great to get out in the first group when it was a little less humid. I’m just really happy with my performance today.”

Kenya Ladies Open R2 - Julia Engström takes 6-stroke lead
Photo courtesy of the Ladies European Tour

Thomson added: “Kelsey’s front nine was phenomenal and I was finding it hard to keep up with her. I decided to turn it on over our back nine and I had nine putts for nine holes, so that obviously helped my scorecard.”

Wikstrom also had a 68, while Henseleit carded a 70 to stay in contention for a win and a chance at the order of merit title.

However, order of merit leader Marianne Skarpnord, who was three over after the first round, fought back with a solid 70 to move into a share of 17th.

70 players made the cut, at seven over par, including four African players: Lejan Lewthwaite (T17th), Stacy Lee Bregman (T23rd), Maha Haddioui and Georgia Oboh (both T63rd).

Watch live streaming from the tournament here on the LET website, from 2.30-5.30pm local time this weekend.


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Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
-11
67
66
133
2
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
-5
71
68
139
2
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
-5
71
68
139
2
Esther Henseleit (GER)
-5
69
70
139
5
Michele Thomson (SCO)
-4
72
68
140
5
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
-4
72
68
140
5
Cheyenne Woods (USA)
-4
70
70
140
8
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
-1
69
74
143
8
Aditi Ashok (IND)
-1
73
70
143
8
Tvesa Malik (IND)
-1
72
71
143
11
Kylie Henry (SCO)
Par
73
71
144
11
Elia Folch (ESP)
Par
74
70
144
11
Sarah Schober (AUT)
Par
73
71
144
11
Christine Wolf (AUT)
Par
73
71
144
11
Tiia Koivisto (FIN)
Par
74
70
144
11
Liz Young (ENG)
Par
68
76
144
17
Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA)
1
74
71
145
17
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
1
75
70
145
17
Beth Allen (USA)
1
73
72
145
17
Sarina Schmidt (GER) (a)
1
71
74
145
17
Luiza Altmann (BRA)
1
72
73
145
17
Manon De Roey (BEL)
1
72
73
145
23
Justine Dreher (FRA)
2
72
74
146
23
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
2
78
68
146
23
Amy Boulden (WAL)
2
73
73
146
23
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
2
74
72
146
23
Katja Pogacar (SLO)
2
72
74
146
28
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
3
75
72
147
28
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
3
73
74
147
28
Sian Evans (ENG)
3
77
70
147
28
Marta Sanz Barrio (ESP)
3
76
71
147
28
Maria Palacios (PER)
3
74
73
147
28
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
3
76
71
147
28
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
3
72
75
147
28
Gemma Dryburgh (SCO)
3
74
73
147
28
Gemma Clews (ENG)
3
73
74
147
28
Becky Morgan (WAL)
3
74
73
147
28
Krista Bakker (FIN)
3
73
74
147
28
Amy Walsh (AUS)
3
71
76
147
28
Isabella Deilert (SWE)
3
71
76
147
28
Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)
3
75
72
147
28
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
3
71
76
147
43
Laura Gonzalez Escallon (BEL)
4
79
69
148
43
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
4
76
72
148
43
Karolin Lampert (GER)
4
73
75
148
43
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
4
73
75
148
43
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
4
75
73
148
43
Lakareber Abe (USA)
4
73
75
148
43
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
4
71
77
148
50
Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP)
5
76
73
149
50
Lydia Hall (WAL)
5
74
75
149
50
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
5
79
70
149
50
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
5
74
75
149
50
Carolin Kauffmann (GER)
5
79
70
149
50
Olivia Cowan (GER)
5
79
70
149
50
Verena Gimmy (GER) (a)
5
73
76
149
57
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
6
76
74
150
57
Diksha Dagar (IND)
6
77
73
150
57
Astha Madan (IND)
6
74
76
150
57
Jessica Karlsson (SWE)
6
76
74
150
57
Kiran Matharu (ENG)
6
73
77
150
57
Elena Moosmann (SUI) (a)
6
75
75
150
63
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
7
76
75
151
63
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
7
78
73
151
63
Sophie Hausmann (GER)
7
76
75
151
63
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
7
79
72
151
63
Georgia Iziemgbe Oboh (NGR)
7
78
73
151
63
Inci Mehmet (ENG)
7
73
78
151
63
Dulcie Sverdloff (ENG)
7
75
76
151
63
Leticia Ras-anderica (GER)
7
79
72
151
CUT
71
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
8
77
75
152
71
Manon Gidali (FRA)
8
78
74
152
71
Vani Kapoor (IND)
8
76
76
152
71
Linda Wessberg (SWE)
8
77
75
152
71
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
8
77
75
152
76
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
9
81
72
153
76
Rosie Davies (ENG)
9
76
77
153
76
Becky Kay (AUS)
9
74
79
153
76
Florentyna Parker (ENG)
9
78
75
153
80
Emilie Alonso (FRA)
10
76
78
154
80
Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ)
10
78
76
154
82
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
11
78
77
155
82
Rachel Drummond (ENG)
11
77
78
155
82
Sideri Vanova (CZE)
11
84
71
155
82
Becky Brewerton (WAL)
11
80
75
155
82
Filippa Moork (SWE)
11
76
79
155
87
Naomi Wafula (KEN) (a)
13
78
79
157
87
Hayley Davis (ENG)
13
78
79
157
89
Caroline Rominger (SUI)
14
74
84
158
89
Charlotte Leathem (ENG)
14
75
83
158
89
Annabel Dimmock (ENG)
14
78
80
158
89
Ana Menendez (MEX)
14
78
80
158
93
Frida Gustafsson Spang (SWE)
15
80
79
159
94
Pasqualle Coffa (NED)
16
77
83
160
95
Emie Peronnin (FRA)
18
84
78
162
96
Celina Yuan (AUS)
19
84
79
163
97
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
20
81
83
164
98
Bhavi Shah (KEN)
23
79
88
167
99
Lauren Taylor (ENG)
86
RTD
RTD
99
Margaret Njoki (KEN) (a)
93
RTD
RTD
99
Agnes Nyakio (KEN) (a)
87
RTD
RTD
99
Mercy Nyanchama (KEN) (a)
90
RTD
RTD
99
Carly Booth (SCO)
77
RTD
RTD
99
Lynn Carlsson (SWE)
75
RTD
RTD