Aditi Ashok dominates Magical Kenya Ladies
by ANDREA GUSSONI | VIEW 1221
Auspicious start for Virginia Elena Carta, ninth with 295 (71 77 75 72, +3) in the Magical Kenya Ladies Open, the tournament that opened the Ladies European Tour on the Vipingo Ridge course (par 73), in Vipingo in Kenya , where the Indian Aditi Ashok (280 – 67 70 69 74, -12) dominated after a header.
Good performances, in a blue key, also by Clara Manzalini, 20th with 297 (74 76 71 76, +5), and by Alessandra Fanali, in her first race after taking the 'card' at the Qualifying School in December, 38th with 302 (76 76 76 74, +10).
Kenya Open, results
Aditi Ashok, 24, from Bangalore, who has been projecting since 2016, is in her fourth title on the LET, where she kicked off her career now on the LPGA Tour. She made her intentions clear early with a 67 (-6) in the opening round, taking six shots of advantage over the closest pursuers in second place, including Carta, who then progressively increased to take him to the final nine, despite having finished with a 74 (+1, two birdies, three bogeys), the only partial score above par.
In second place with 289 (-3) the English Alice Hewson and the Thai April Angurasaranee, in the fourth with 290 (-2) the Australian Gabriela Ruffels and in the fifth with 292 (par) the Japanese Yuri Onishi and the Finnish Noora Komulainen .
Virginia Elena Carta, as mentioned in second position after the first round, then had a decline of the two central rounds to recover in the final with a 72 (-2, six birdies, two bogeys, a triple bogey). Clara Manzalini always remained in good standings and finished with a 76 (+3, two birdies, one bogey, two double bogeys).
For Alessandra Fanali in 74 (+1) with two birdies and three bogeys. Aditi Ashok received a check for €45,000 out of a €300,000 prize pool for the stunt. The LPGA (acronym for Ladies Professional Golf Association) was founded in 1950 on the initiative of thirteen players, with the aim of promoting women's professional golf in the United States of America.
Its first president was Patty Berg. In that same circumstance it was decided to start a series of tournaments, on an annual basis, included in a single circuit known as the LPGA Tour. The first official tournament of the LPGA Tour was the Tampa Women's Open, held in January 1950 at the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club in Tampa, where the amateur Polly Riley triumphed, surprisingly able to beat already professional and much more experienced players.