Magical Kenya Ladies Open R4

Henseleit captures Order of Merit and Rookie of the Year

December 05-08
Vipingo Ridge, Kilifi, Kenya
€300,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3
Scores


Esther Henseleit carded a course record eight under par 64 to win the inaugural Magical Kenya Ladies Open presented by Safaricom’s M-Pesa by one shot and clinch the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit title on a dramatic final day at Vipingo Ridge near Mombasa.

Kenya Ladies Open R4 - Henseleit wins with course record
Photo courtesy of the Ladies European Tour

The 20-year-old first-year professional golfer from Hamburg became only the third player in the 41-year history of the Ladies European Tour to capture the Order of Merit and Rookie of the Year titles in the same season, following Dame Laura Davies in 1985 and Carlota Ciganda, in 2012.

Victory saw Henseleit leapfrog Marianne Skarpnord as the European No 1 and become the first German player to win either the Order of Merit or Rookie of the Year titles.

Henseleit posted eight birdies on the Baobab Course at Vipingo Ridge to post a winning total of 14 under par, one better than India’s Aditi Ashok, who shot 65. Overnight leader Julia Engström ended third after a 74.


Henseleit started the day seven strokes behind Engström but quickly made a charge with birdies on the first, fourth, sixth, seventh and ninth holes to get within two of Engström at the turn.

Engström three-putted the 10th as Henseleit birdied the 11th and the pair were tied on 12 under par. Henseleit pulled one stroke ahead with a birdie from six feet on the 13th hole and then went two clear after Engström bogeyed the 13th.

Henseleit added an eighth birdie from four feet at the 15th to move three strokes clear, but saw her lead cut to one as Ashok birdied the 16th and 18th.

Henseleit ended with three pars to ensure her first Ladies European Tour title, following a breakthrough professional win earlier this year on the LET Access Series, in the Skaftö Open.

Henseleit said: “To close the season with a win is the best feeling I could imagine. To be the Order of Merit winner and Rookie of the Year is just unbelievable.

“Yesterday, after my round, I was a bit disappointed but I just tried to do everything better today. I definitely tried to win, although I knew it would be really hard.

“After nine holes, I saw I was two shots back and I knew it was possible.

“I just tried to make a lot of birdies and I hit some great iron shots and gave myself many short birdie putts. The course was beautiful and it played a bit easier today, because the greens were softer. I did the best I could.”


Henseleit, who finished third at LET Qualifying School 12 months ago and turned professional in January with a handicap of +7.1, knew that she needed to win the Magical Kenya Ladies Open to snatch the Order of Merit and she delivered under pressure.

Her season included one win and eight further top-10 finishes, including four second places in the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic, La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational, Ladies European Thailand Championship and Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open.

She said: “It’s been a great year on the Ladies European Tour. It’s a really friendly tour and it’s been great to travel the world each week with all the other golfers.”


Winners of the Order of Merit LET Rookie of the Year Winners
1979 Catherine Panton-Lewis
1980 Muriel Thomson
1981 Jenny Lee Smith
1982 Jenny Lee Smith
1983 Muriel Thomson
1984 Dale Reid
1985 Laura Davies
1986 Laura Davies
1987 Dale Reid
1988 Marie-Laure Taya
1989 Marie-Laure de Lorenzi
1990 Trish Johnson
1991 Corinne Dibnah £89,058.00
1992 Laura Davies £66,333.00
1993 Karen Lunn £81,266.00
1994 Liselotte Neumann £102,750.00
1995 Annika Sorenstam £130,324.00
1996 Laura Davies £110,880.00
1997 Alison Nicholas £94,589.00
1998 Helen Alfredsson £125,975.00
1999 Laura Davies £204,522.00
2000 Sophie Gustafson £208,288.00
2001 Raquel Carriedo £160,441.00
2002 Annika Sorenstam €455,567.99
2003 Annika Sorenstam €286,991.24
2004 Annika Sorenstam €368,264.22
2005 Iben Tinning €204,672.62
2006 Laura Davies €471,727.42
2007 Sophie Gustafson €222,081.47
2008 Gwladys Nocera €391,839.58
2009 Sophie Gustafson €281,315.00
2010 Lee-Anne Pace €339,517.77
2011 Ai Miyazato €363,079.68
2012 Carlota Ciganda €251,289.95
2013 Suzann Pettersen €518,448.81
2014 Charley Hull €247,616.69
2015 Shanshan Feng €399,213.41
2016 Beth Allen €313,079.27
2017 Georgia Hall €368,934.60
2018 Georgia Hall €512,101.73 / 667.73 points
2019 Esther Henseleit €208,659.94 / 743.06 points
1984 Kitrina Douglas £19,900.00
1985 Laura Davies £21,736.00
1986 Patricia Gonzalez £7,570.00
1987 Trish Johnson £35,718.00
1988 Laurette Maritz £29,362.00
1989 Helen Alfredsson £20,355.00
1990 Pearl Sinn £28,407.00
1991 Helen Wadsworth £17,765.00
1992 Sandrine Mendiburu £26,896.00
1993 Annika Sorenstam £55,927.00
1994 Tracy Hanson £44,205.00
1995 Karrie Webb £90,556.00
1996 Anne-Marie Knight £31,322.00
1997 Anna Berg £19,333.00
1998 Laura Philo £26,574.00
1999 Elaine Ratcliffe £12,146.00
2000 Giulia Sergas £21,335.00
2001 Suzann Pettersen £129,546.00
2002 Kirsty S Taylor €52,903.90
2003 Rebecca Stevenson €70,065.38
2004 Minea Blomqvist €105,020.61
2005 Elisa Serramia €36,366.59
2006 Nikki Garrett €99,445.05
2007 Louise Stahle €79,678.66
2008 Melissa Reid €136,606.00
2009 Anna Nordqvist €100,966.44
2010 In-Kyung Kim €193,194.69
2011 Caroline Hedwall €278,528.87
2012 Carlota Ciganda €251,289.95
2013 Charley Hull €135,994.36
2014 Amy Boulden €83,982.17
2015 Emily Kristine Pedersen €171,688.41
2016 Aditi Ashok €206,664.97
2017 Georgia Hall €368,934.60
2018 Julia Engström €37,385.94 149.15 points
2019 Esther Henseleit €208,659.94 / 743.06 points

 


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Prize Money
1
Esther Henseleit (GER)
-14
69
70
71
64
274
45,000.00
2
Aditi Ashok (IND)
-13
73
70
67
65
275
27,000.00
3
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
-11
67
66
70
74
277
18,000.00
4
Cheyenne Woods (USA)
-6
70
70
74
68
282
13,500.00
5
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
-5
69
74
67
73
283
10,800.00
6
Christine Wolf (AUT)
-4
73
71
66
74
284
9,300.00
7
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
-3
78
68
69
70
285
7,950.00
7
Gemma Dryburgh (SCO)
-3
74
73
68
70
285
7,950.00
9
Beth Allen (USA)
-1
73
72
75
67
287
6,900.00
9
Olivia Cowan (GER)
-1
79
70
68
70
287
6,900.00
9
Manon De Roey (BEL)
-1
72
73
71
71
287
6,900.00
12
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
Par
75
72
72
69
288
5,850.00
12
Elia Folch (ESP)
Par
74
70
71
73
288
5,850.00
12
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
Par
71
68
75
74
288
5,850.00
12
Kylie Henry (SCO)
Par
73
71
70
74
288
5,850.00
16
Lakareber Abe (USA)
1
73
75
73
68
289
4,725.00
16
Diksha Dagar (IND)
1
77
73
70
69
289
4,725.00
16
Liz Young (ENG)
1
68
76
74
71
289
4,725.00
16
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
1
78
73
66
72
289
4,725.00
16
Michele Thomson (SCO)
1
72
68
75
74
289
4,725.00
16
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
1
72
68
71
78
289
4,725.00
22
Sarah Schober (AUT)
2
73
71
75
71
290
3,975.00
22
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
2
73
74
72
71
290
3,975.00
22
Sian Evans (ENG)
2
77
70
71
72
290
3,975.00
22
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
2
71
68
75
76
290
3,975.00
26
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
3
73
75
73
70
291
3,600.00
27
Sarina Schmidt (GER) (a)
4
71
74
73
74
292
Amateur
27
Becky Morgan (WAL)
4
74
73
71
74
292
3,195.00
27
Tvesa Malik (IND)
4
72
71
73
76
292
3,195.00
30
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
5
79
72
71
71
293
2,925.00
30
Tiia Koivisto (FIN)
5
74
70
75
74
293
2,925.00
30
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
5
74
75
70
74
293
2,925.00
30
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
5
76
72
70
75
293
2,925.00
34
Sophie Hausmann (GER)
6
76
75
74
69
294
2,162.31
34
Luiza Altmann (BRA)
6
72
73
78
71
294
2,162.31
34
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
6
75
70
77
72
294
2,162.31
34
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
6
71
77
74
72
294
2,162.31
34
Katja Pogacar (SLO)
6
72
74
74
74
294
2,162.31
34
Laura Gonzalez Escallon (BEL)
6
79
69
72
74
294
2,162.31
34
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
6
79
70
71
74
294
2,162.31
34
Jessica Karlsson (SWE)
6
76
74
70
74
294
2,162.31
34
Georgia Iziemgbe Oboh (NGR)
6
78
73
69
74
294
2,162.31
34
Krista Bakker (FIN)
6
73
74
72
75
294
2,162.31
34
Elena Moosmann (SUI) (a)
6
75
75
69
75
294
Amateur
34
Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA)
6
74
71
73
76
294
2,162.31
34
Gemma Clews (ENG)
6
73
74
70
77
294
2,162.31
34
Lydia Hall (WAL)
6
74
75
66
79
294
2,162.31
48
Amy Boulden (WAL)
7
73
73
76
73
295
1,590.00
48
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
7
74
72
76
73
295
1,590.00
50
Justine Dreher (FRA)
8
72
74
77
73
296
1,440.00
50
Marta Sanz Barrio (ESP)
8
76
71
76
73
296
1,440.00
50
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
8
76
74
69
77
296
1,440.00
53
Astha Madan (IND)
9
74
76
76
71
297
1,290.00
53
Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP)
9
76
73
75
73
297
1,290.00
55
Kiran Matharu (ENG)
10
73
77
76
72
298
1,200.00
55
Verena Gimmy (GER) (a)
10
73
76
73
76
298
Amateur
57
Karolin Lampert (GER)
11
73
75
73
78
299
1,140.00
58
Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)
12
75
72
77
76
300
1,050.00
58
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
12
76
75
73
76
300
1,050.00
60
Dulcie Sverdloff (ENG)
13
75
76
75
75
301
945
60
Amy Walsh (AUS)
13
71
76
78
76
301
945
60
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
13
71
76
76
78
301
945
60
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
13
76
71
75
79
301
945
64
Inci Mehmet (ENG)
14
73
78
76
75
302
840
64
Carolin Kauffmann (GER)
14
79
70
76
77
302
840
64
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
14
72
75
74
81
302
840
67
Isabella Deilert (SWE)
16
71
76
78
79
304
765
67
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
16
75
73
76
80
304
765
69
Maria Palacios (PER)
17
74
73
78
80
305
720
70
Leticia Ras-anderica (GER)
26
79
72
77
86
314
690
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
Amateur
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
99
Margaret Njoki (KEN) (a)
93
*
RTD
Amateur
99
Agnes Nyakio (KEN) (a)
87
*
RTD
Amateur
99
Mercy Nyanchama (KEN) (a)
90
*
RTD
Amateur
99
Carly Booth (SCO)
77
*
RTD
99
Lynn Carlsson (SWE)
75
*
RTD