Justin Rose, wife lend helping hand to ladies golf
A lot of players like to have their say but it’s not often they actually put their hand in their pocket to solve a problem.
However, it comes as no surprise that all-round good guy and former World No.1, Justin Rose, is just the man to do it.
Justin Rose (Credit: USGA)
The world No.14, who returns to tournament golf this week at the Charles Schwab Challenge, and his wife, Kate, have announced their sponsorship of a series of woman’s golf tournaments set to start June 18.
The seven-tournament schedule will be known as the Rose Ladies Series and will run through until the end of July.
Along the way the series will play at courses such as Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club, Buckinghamshire Golf Club and Royal St George’s, the site of the cancelled 2020 Open Championship.
“I am keenly aware that I now have the opportunity to go back to work and compete on the PGA Tour, but this is not the same for the ladies and some junior tours as well,” said Rose in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.
“I am sad that the Ladies European Tour has been suffering so badly and doesn’t really have a start date yet from what I know. To me this seems somewhat unfair.”
“My wife Kate and I felt there was an opportunity to step up and help. The prize money is modest because it is me throwing in some money and then the ladies are paying an entry fee and being able to play for a pot.”
“We wanted to give them the opportunity to play and to be ready for when the opportunities arise later in the summer.”
“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,” added Rose’s wife Kate, a former European champion gymnast.
The couple have reportedly put in £35,000 (A$64,000) of their own money while it is rumoured that Sky Sports will broadcast the series in the UK.