What is the Rose Ladies Series?
Women’s professional golf here in the UK was on a bit of a back foot in 2020, with tournaments (Ladies European Tour) not due to re-start until August. With this in mind, Liz Young (LET player) put together a one-day event at Brokenhurst Manor in the New Forest. Each player would pay into the pot which would become the prize fund.
The tournament was lacking support and sponsorship. Justin Rose and his wife Kate heard about it and wanted to bring it into the spotlight, to help highlight women’s golf. He turned the event into the ‘Rose Ladies Series’, with 9 courses in total now hosting one-day tournaments. Rose is also offering a prize fund and helped bring American Golf on an official sponsor.
Important for Women’s Golf
At the time of the first Rose Ladies Series we chatted to former Ladies European Tour player, now coach/presenter, Sophie Walker to get the lowdown on the events.
“There are 48 members of the LET that are English and its embarrassing going on tour. Spain has a couple of events, Australia have a few events, England had nothing. Yet look at all the Solheim Cup Players we have.”
“It’s all that the women want. They practice as hard as the men, their travel expenses cost as much as the men, they’ve got that competitive edge. We do exactly the same, except the men get more opportunity to play.”
Which courses will be hosting the Rose Ladies Series in 2022
It is an impressive line-up, with Sunningdale being added as a new venue this year:
Tuesday April 5 – West Lancashire Golf Club
Thursday April 14 – Sunningdale (New)
Wednesday April 20 – Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club
Monday April 25 – Walton Heath Golf Club
Thursday April 28 – Bearwood Lakes Golf Club
Following the announcement for the 2022 Series , Justin and Kate Rose released a statement:
“Kate and I were keen to run a third Rose Ladies Series, and are delighted to have announced it yesterday! The 2022 LET and LET Access Series schedules are so strong this year, but we thought a condensed series of 5 events in April could be beneficial as a great warm-up for the ladies ahead of going back out on tour.”
The events all fall in April, which is perfect timing for any players on the LET Access Series as the main season doesn’t kick off until May 12. They also coincide with an Asian swing on the LET, which includes the two new Trust Golf Asian Mixed events, so could attract some LET stars who may not be making the trip to Thailand.
We’re really pleased to see the Rose Ladies Series return for a third year and to see the continued support from Kate and Justin Rose and the other sponsors involved.