Magical Kenya Ladies Open R3

Julia Engström goes seven clear

December 05-08
Vipingo Ridge, Kilifi, Kenya
€300,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Swedish teenager Julia Engström continued to demonstrate her extraordinary talent as she built a seven stroke lead heading into the final round of the Magical Kenya Ladies Open presented by Safaricom’s M-Pesa.

Kenya Ladies Open R3 - Julia Engström goes seven clear
Photo courtesy of the Ladies European Tour

The 18-year-old, looking for her breakthrough victory on the Ladies European Tour, carded a two under par 70 at Vipingo Ridge, 30km from Mombasa.

Engström, the 2018 Rookie of the Year, was six strokes ahead at halfway and is now seven clear of Christine Wolf, Aditi Ashok, Astrid Vayson de Pradenne and Esther Henseleit, who sit at six under.

Engström made a brilliant start with back to back birdies on the first two holes, then carded a third birdie on the par-5 sixth to move eight strokes clear of the current leading rookie, Henseleit.


That lead was cut in half, to four strokes, when Engstrom pulled her tee shot into the water on the par-3 eighth and Henseleit birdied the ninth. However, Engstrom immediately recovered with her own birdie to take a five stroke advantage through the turn, after going out in 34.

Henseleit bogeyed the 10th, handing Engstrom a six shot lead. The young Swede then rebuilt her eight stroke lead with birdies on 11 and 15, however she bogeyed the last two holes for a back nine of 36.

“I had a good start and kept on going. I made a double on eight, but bounced back directly with a birdie. I took advantage of the par 5s and just enjoyed it out there,” she said.

“I haven’t been eating that much, because I have had trouble with the food. I got a bit tired at the end, but I’m hoping that I will be better tomorrow. I will try to eat something tonight and drink a lot of water. I’m happy to go out there in the lead, but there are 18 holes to go, so I’m excited.”

The biggest lead going into a final round this season on the LET was eight strokes, recorded by Atthaya Thitikul, who went on to win by five in Thailand, where Henseleit finished second.


The 20-year-old from Germany has been a runner-up four times on the LET so far in her first season and feels that she will need a low round to catch Engström after a third round of 71. A win would also give her an incredible chance of winning the order of merit, where she lies second behind leader Marianne Skarpnord.

“I was three under after the first nine and had some more chances. I just missed three short putts on the back nine and made a good bogey on 10 after hitting it into the woods on the right. I just couldn’t get the putts in,” Henseleit said.

“It’s a bit like Thailand. I think I was eight shots behind Atthaya, so I’ll be looking for a lot of birdies tomorrow to catch her.”

Wolf’s 66 was the equal best round of the day, but she felt that a second victory following her Hero Women’s Indian Open title would be just out of reach.


Vayson de Pradenne and Ashok both shot 67s to stay in the hunt, but said that they would just be looking to enjoy the final round of the season tomorrow.

Sanna Nuutinen lies alone in sixth, while Kylie Henry, Cheyenne Woods, Ursula Wikstrom and Kelsey MacDonald are tied for seventh on two under par.

It’s set up for a scintillating finish to 2019 on the Ladies European Tour.


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News
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
-13
67
66
70
203
2
Christine Wolf (AUT)
-6
73
71
66
210
2
Aditi Ashok (IND)
-6
73
70
67
210
2
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
-6
69
74
67
210
2
Esther Henseleit (GER)
-6
69
70
71
210
6
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
-5
72
68
71
211
7
Kylie Henry (SCO)
-2
73
71
70
214
7
Cheyenne Woods (USA)
-2
70
70
74
214
7
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
-2
71
68
75
214
7
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
-2
71
68
75
214
11
Lydia Hall (WAL)
-1
74
75
66
215
11
Gemma Dryburgh (SCO)
-1
74
73
68
215
11
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
-1
78
68
69
215
11
Elia Folch (ESP)
-1
74
70
71
215
11
Michele Thomson (SCO)
-1
72
68
75
215
16
Manon De Roey (BEL)
Par
72
73
71
216
16
Tvesa Malik (IND)
Par
72
71
73
216
18
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
1
78
73
66
217
18
Olivia Cowan (GER)
1
79
70
68
217
18
Gemma Clews (ENG)
1
73
74
70
217
21
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
2
76
72
70
218
21
Becky Morgan (WAL)
2
74
73
71
218
21
Sian Evans (ENG)
2
77
70
71
218
21
Sarina Schmidt (GER) (a)
2
71
74
73
218
21
Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA)
2
74
71
73
218
21
Liz Young (ENG)
2
68
76
74
218
27
Elena Moosmann (SUI) (a)
3
75
75
69
219
27
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
3
76
74
69
219
27
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
3
74
75
70
219
27
Krista Bakker (FIN)
3
73
74
72
219
27
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
3
73
74
72
219
27
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
3
75
72
72
219
27
Tiia Koivisto (FIN)
3
74
70
75
219
27
Sarah Schober (AUT)
3
73
71
75
219
35
Georgia Iziemgbe Oboh (NGR)
4
78
73
69
220
35
Jessica Karlsson (SWE)
4
76
74
70
220
35
Diksha Dagar (IND)
4
77
73
70
220
35
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
4
79
70
71
220
35
Laura Gonzalez Escallon (BEL)
4
79
69
72
220
35
Katja Pogacar (SLO)
4
72
74
74
220
35
Beth Allen (USA)
4
73
72
75
220
42
Lakareber Abe (USA)
5
73
75
73
221
42
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
5
73
75
73
221
42
Karolin Lampert (GER)
5
73
75
73
221
42
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
5
72
75
74
221
46
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
6
79
72
71
222
46
Verena Gimmy (GER) (a)
6
73
76
73
222
46
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
6
71
77
74
222
46
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
6
76
71
75
222
46
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
6
74
72
76
222
46
Amy Boulden (WAL)
6
73
73
76
222
46
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
6
75
70
77
222
53
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
7
71
76
76
223
53
Marta Sanz Barrio (ESP)
7
76
71
76
223
53
Justine Dreher (FRA)
7
72
74
77
223
53
Luiza Altmann (BRA)
7
72
73
78
223
57
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
8
76
75
73
224
57
Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP)
8
76
73
75
224
57
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
8
75
73
76
224
57
Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)
8
75
72
77
224
61
Sophie Hausmann (GER)
9
76
75
74
225
61
Carolin Kauffmann (GER)
9
79
70
76
225
61
Isabella Deilert (SWE)
9
71
76
78
225
61
Amy Walsh (AUS)
9
71
76
78
225
61
Maria Palacios (PER)
9
74
73
78
225
66
Dulcie Sverdloff (ENG)
10
75
76
75
226
66
Kiran Matharu (ENG)
10
73
77
76
226
66
Astha Madan (IND)
10
74
76
76
226
69
Inci Mehmet (ENG)
11
73
78
76
227
70
Leticia Ras-anderica (GER)
12
79
72
77
228
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