Rose fam­ily con­tact sealed first fe­male event at Royal St Ge­orge’s

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Gymnastics - James Cor­ri­gan

Kate Rose has re­vealed how a fam­ily con­nec­tion en­abled her to ar­range the first pro­fes­sional fe­male tour­na­ment to be hosted at Royal St Ge­orge’s. And it was not the per­son many would ex­pect.

The fourth event of the Rose Ladies Se­ries takes place at the fa­mous links in Sand­wich today, with the likes of Charley Hull and Ge­or­gia

Hall com­pet­ing. It will be a re­mark­able sce­nario in many re­spects – not just be­cause the Kent club al­lowed women to join as mem­bers only five years ago.

This would have been the day when the fi­nal part of the main grand­stand would have been erected around the 18th for the Open, which was due to take place next week. But then came the Covid-19 post­pone­ment.

“It is a bit bizarre be­cause I thought I’d be com­pet­ing at Royal St Ge­orge’s in July, not host­ing a women’s event there,” Justin Rose said. “But it’s a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for the play­ers in the se­ries.”

Rose and his wife stepped up last month when it be­came ob­vi­ous that be­cause of the pan­demic there would be lim­ited play­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for Bri­tain’s fe­male pros.

The pair put up £35,000 of their own money and their high-pro­file im­pact en­cour­aged spon­sors such as Amer­i­can Golf and Com­puta­cen­ter to jump aboard, mak­ing the mini-cir­cuit even more at­trac­tive.

How­ever, there is a chance that the work the Roses put in – along with their man­ager, Paul McDon­nell at Ex­cel Sports – could be over­looked and as Royal St Ge­orge’s sur­prise in­clu­sion shows, this should not be the case.

“We were brain­storm­ing [in] those early days of com­ing up with the idea of a se­ries and where we might be able to host,” Kate said.

“And I talked to my dad, Peter [Phillips] about it along with my step­mother, Mefo.

“I said Royal St Ge­orge’s would be in­cred­i­ble, be­cause the boys aren’t play­ing there this year and what a shame that is. Mefo re­minded me that she used to work with one of the com­mit­tee mem­bers there and put me in touch.

“Straight away, the club was re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic, they loved the con­cept. Last week we went there to meet Tim [Check­etts, the club sec­re­tary], as well as some­one from the R&A and it’s go­ing to be amaz­ing. My dad and step­mum will be there as vol­un­teers to help it run as smoothly as the first three events.”

In touch: Kate Rose re­vealed her step­mother pro­vided con­tact de­tails for a com­mit­tee mem­ber at Royal St Ge­orge’s

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