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Justin and wife Kate Rose have unveiled the Rose Ladies Open, which will take place on the LET Access Series September.
Brocket Hall, one of the best golf courses in Hertfordshire, will play host to the 54-hole stroke play tournament from 23-25 September 2022, and it will boast the largest prize fund of the season outside of the Grand Final with €65,000 up for grabs.
The tournament builds upon the success of the Rose Ladies Series, which was started in 2020 to help UK pros keep their games sharp and earn prize money amid the turmoil of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are really excited to announce the Rose Ladies Open! Building on the success of the Rose Ladies Series, we wanted to continue growing and developing the ladies’ professional game by creating this new tournament, as part of the LET Access Series,” said Kate & Justin Rose.
“Our motivation remains the same: we want to give the female professionals more opportunities to play competitively; provide them the chance to compete for larger prize funds; provide opportunities to be seen and receive the exposure they deserve, so that we can continue to work towards change and the drive for equality and help provide the pathway to the Ladies European Tour.”
The addition of the Rose Ladies Open to the LETAS schedule in 2022 means there are now 19 events on the 2022 calendar with the total prize money for the season reaching €850,000.
How the Rose Ladies Series started
The Rose Ladies Series was created in 2020 after Kate Rose read about LET professional Liz Young’s search for support for a roll up at Brokenhurst Manor due to the lack of playing opportunities for the women during lockdown.
Kate and Justin immediately pledged to put their own money into a series of events to give the female golfers an opportunity to keep playing, and a tour consisting of eight one-day tournaments – including a three-day grand final – was created in the summer of 2020.
Once announced, companies such as American Golf and Computacenter approached the Roses to match their financial sponsorship, and the Rose Ladies Series grew organically from that in 2020, to an increased 11 events across England in 2021 with double the prize money on offer, and then in 2022, the Rose Ladies Series was a condensed series of five events in April to provide a warm up for the revived LET schedule.
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Honma TR20
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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