Seven behind closed doors one-day events will begin with a tournament on June 18 at Brokenhurst Manor in Hampshire, organised by LET board member Liz Young and head professional Jason MacNiven.
Women’s professional golf will make a return to Britain this month with the news that Justin Rose and his wife Kate are to sponsor a series of women’s golf tournaments in the UK starting on June 18.
The Roses decided to sponsor a women’s series after reading about LET professional Liz Young’s efforts to put on a competition at her home club in the New Forest, to enable local players to stay competitive, ahead of the LET’s return to golf.
The Rose Ladies Series schedule now includes:
18th June – Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club
25th June – Moor Park Golf Club
2nd July – Buckinghamshire Golf Club
9th July – Royal St George’s
16th July – JCB Golf & Country Club
23rd July – Bearwood Lakes Golf Club
30/31st July – Final TBC
Liz said: “This all started with an idea that myself and Jason had. We went to the club with it and we had great support from them. We had a vision from the start, get women competing again, increase the profile and visibility of women’s professional golf and inspire the next generation. Hopefully the players would embrace the chance to play, see that it could be done and maybe take it to their clubs.
“Thanks to Justin, Kate and his team, our dream has come true… in a week! I can’t thank Justin and Kate enough for coming onboard, creating opportunities and increasing the visibility for professional women golfers.
“I would also like to thank the Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club members. Their encouragement and support has been amazing from the start and I’m sure that with the news of Justin and Kate being involved, they will be as excited as I am. It makes me so proud to be a member of BMGC.”
Jason added: “It was a simple idea and concept – play for your own money and you get to enjoy competing again. We are delighted to have help from Justin and Kate as they can grow the series, which is what we initially wanted to do. We want to inspire the next generation and hopefully if this is an annual event, then kids can walk the fairways with their heroes. It is my duty to help the girls, it is time for me to put back into the sport and help the women, so it’s the right thing to do. Liz and I flew the kite and it has officially taken off!”
Club Manager Kevin Light commented: “Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club is delighted to host the first event of the upcoming Rose Ladies Series. Knowing that Liz had spoken about the LET schedule being the strongest in a number of years, only for Coronavirus to hit, we were only too happy to step in.”