Debutant Shannon Tann wins 2024 Magical Kenya Ladies Open

Nineteen-year-old Shannon Tann from Singapore is the winner of the 4th Edition of Magical Kenya Ladies Open tournament held at the Par-73 PGA Baobab Course at the Vipingo Ridge in Kilifi County.

Tann carded a final round of 3 under par 70 to taker her total score for the tournament to 12 under par 280 to win the 2024 Magical Kenya Ladies Open on her debut event on the Ladies European Tour (LET).

She has received a cash reward of Kshs 7.9 million (€45,000). She also earns 500 order of merit points on the Ladies European Tour (LET).

Tann edged out her closest challenger, Alessandra Fanali from Italy, by four shots to seal her fantastic debut win on the Tour and become Singapore’s first LET winner.

Shannon Tann poses with her trophy after winning the 2024 edition of the Magical Kenya Ladies Open

The 2024 edition of the Magical Kenya Ladies Open attracted golfers from 34 countries, who comprised 26 tour winners and 14 debutants.

Tann had a hot start to her final round, holing three birdies in the first five holes before dropping a shot at the par-five sixth. She immediately recovered that shot in the par-5 seventh with a birdie, before dropping another short at the par-3 eighth to card a total of 35 on the first nine. She played bogey-free on the back nine, holing a birdie at the par-5 11th for a total of 35.

She said: “It was close until hole 16 where it was like a one-shot difference… but I stuck to my own game plan just trying to hit every fairway and every green I can. So, basically, that was my game plan throughout the whole day today.”

Tann, who came to the Magical Kenya ladies Open being the first player from Singapore to secure a full LET card, went to the Lalla Aicha Q-School in Morocco in December last year for the experience but ended up finishing in the top 20, securing her full LET card and thereafter making the decision to turn pro.

“I would say I am proud. Juniors back home [now] know that it is possible, and they know anything is possible and I guess it [will] kind of push them a little bit and inspire them,” Tann said.

Shannon Tann tees off

The 2024 edition of the Magical Kenya Ladies Open attracted golfers from 34 countries, who comprised 26 tour winners and 14 debutants.

On her part, 24-year-old Alessandra Fanali played level par 37 on the first nine courtesy of birdies at the second and the seventh holes and bogeys at the fifth and the eighth. She made a steady start to the back nine, playing bogey-free through the first five holes before holing a birdie at the par-5 15th. She, however, dropped consecutive shots at the 16th and 17th holes for a score of 1-over par 74 for the day; taking her total for the tournament to 8-under par 284.

She said: “I am very proud, as I said, of my game: I am hitting shots very well, irons off the tee, my short game is very good, my putting is very good so, I am just very happy about it. A good week for the start of the season.”

There was a five-way share for third place featuring Belgium’s Manon De Roey, Spain’s Ana Pelaez Trivino, England’s Alice Hewson, Chiara Tamburlini from Switszerland and Nataliya Guseva – who all ended their challenge in Vipingo with scores of 4-under par 288 to complete the podium places.

Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi presents the winner’s trophy to Shannon Tann after clinching the 2024 Magical Kenya Ladies Open in Vipingo.

The 2024 Magical Kenya Ladies Open teed-off for the fourth edition of the event at the PGA Baobab Course in Vipingo Ridge on Thursday, bringing together 108 golfers among them five Kenyan amateurs.

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