Two-time Olympian Aditi Ashok of India took command of 2023 Magical Kenya Ladies Open on Day One at Vipingo Ridge in Kilifi with a score of six under par, 67.

The 2019 runners up hit birdies on holes 2, 5, 6, and 9 on the front nine. She added more birdies on holes 11, and 13 on the back nine, giving herself a 4-shot lead heading to the second round of the tournament on Friday.

“I hit some really good shots and got some good birdies which have helped put me in this position.

I missed a couple of putts because I hit them really close, and so that’s what I am going to be looking to improve on in the next three days,” said Ashok.

Tied in second position are seven players including Italy’s Virginia Elena Carta and Ana Trivino of Spain, Kylie Henry (Scotland), Isabella Deilert (Sweden), Marta Sanz Barrio (Spain), Alice Hewson (England) and April Angurasaranee (Thailand) who finished on  two under par, 71 each.

However, it was a bad day in the office for defending champion Esther Henseleit of Germany who is looking for her third title here in Kenya.

February 3, 2023

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