Roses to sponsor British women’s golf series
Justin Rose, the former world number one golfer from the UK, and his wife Kate, are to sponsor a new women’s series in the country starting later this month.
The Rose Ladies Series, scheduled to begin on 18 June at Brockenhurst Manor Golf Club in Hampshire, will include seven one-day events for British professional golfers.
No spectators will be allowed at the tournaments but Sky Sports will broadcast the events live.
Other tournaments will be held at Moor Park in Rickmansworth (25 June), Buckinghamshire Resort in Uxbridge (2 July), Royal St George’s in Sandwich (9 July), JCB Country Club in Rochester (16 July) and Bearwood Lakes in Wokingham (23 July). The venue for the final tournament (30 and 31 July) will be announced in due course.
The series was jointly planned by Ladies European Tour player Liz Young and Brockenhurst Manor head professional Jason MacNiven but had no sponsor.
The Roses have reportedly contributed £35,000 ($44,281) into the series as prize money, with all seven British courses donating their facilities free of charge.
Women’s professional golf tournaments on the Ladies European Tour and the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour remain suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rose (pictured) claimed he and his wife were compelled to get involved because while he is preparing for the return of the men's PGA Tour this week, women’s professional tournaments are not due to resume until late July.
Speaking to the LET website, he said: “Professional sports people are not machines – we cannot just power and go. We have to nurture our skills in order to rely om them when needed; usually under pressure. My wife and I felt it was an opportunity for us to help where we can. The prize money will be modest but we hope that the series will give our talented lady golfers the opportunity to showcase their skills.
“To be denied to opportunity to work or play for months on end is very challenging, both physically and mentally.”
Kate Rose told the Daily Telegraph: “It is so important for the visibility of ladies’ golf that they can play at good courses and on TV because they need to be out there to both attract sponsors and keep their current sponsors happy as well as allowing more people to get to know who they are.”