April 14, 2024

Nyanchama banking on experience in quest for MKLO glory

Nyanchama banking on experience in quest for MKLO glory
Mercy Nyanchama in past action

MKLO, the only women's professional golf tournament in East Africa has attracted a field of 108 golfers from around the globe


As the anticipation builds for the fourth edition of the Magical Kenya Ladies Open (MKLO), Kenyan golfers have expressed confidence in delivering impressive performances.

The tournament is set for the 18-hole Baobab Course in Vipingo Ridge, from February 8 to 11, 2024 with five Kenyan golfers getting the chance to tee off alongside the world’s best.  

MKLO, the only women's professional golf tournament in East Africa has attracted a field of 108 golfers from around the globe, with the Kenyan contingent comprising Naomi Wafula, Mercy Nyanchama, Channelle Wangari, Jacqueline Walter, and Kellie Gachaga.


The elite amateur golfers, who carry the country’s hopes for success in the four-day event, have been preparing for the Ladies European Tour (LET) - sanctioned women's professional golf competition, season-opener, aiming to leave a mark by making the cut.

Mercy Nyanchama, a four-time participant, says she is very excited to be participating in the tournament for the fourth time now.

“It has been such a great experience, and my hope for this year is to make the cut. Playing against top golfers from around the world is an opportunity for me to learn more about the game, and I am sure I will improve my game by watching and learning from them.

I have been training at Golf Park, trying to improve different aspects of my game. Importantly, I have been working on my approach shot, which I have been having problems with,” she offered ahead of the extravaganza.

VetLab Sports Club’s Nyanchama was the highest-ranked Kenyan at the 2022 edition having finished 74th on a round total of 14 over par 158 gross. Wafula – who made history by being the only Kenyan player to make the Cut at the tournament since its debut in 2019 was the best-placed Kenyan in 2023 where she finished in 56th.

"I have gained valuable insights from my previous appearances, and they have greatly influenced my preparations for this year's tournament. The experience fueled my determination to further elevate my game and compete at the highest level. I won the 2023 Karen Ladies Open, which shows that my game has improved. I hope to put up a good showing at this year’s tournament,” an optimistic Nyanchama expressed.