Kate Rose urges more sup­port for women’s game

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport | Golf - By James Cor­ri­gan

Kate Rose has promised the top male pro­fes­sion­als that there will be “no down­side” if they fol­low her hus­band’s ex­am­ple and help pro­mote the fe­male game.

The Rose Ladies Se­ries’ three­day Com­puta­cen­ter Grand Fi­nal starts to­day at North Hants, the course where Justin Rose played his for­ma­tive golf, be­fore vis­it­ing the Berk­shire to­mor­row and fin­ish­ing with a his­toric ap­pear­ance on Fri­day at Went­worth, where the famed West Course will host the first women’s pro­fes­sional tour­na­ment in its 94-year ex­is­tence.

And the cast list seems more than ca­pa­ble of liv­ing up to that billing. Ge­or­gia Hall leads Charley Hull in the Amer­i­can Golf Or­der of Merit, with £20,000 go­ing to the win­ner.

Hall, the 2018 Women’s Open cham­pion, over­hauled her fel­low English­woman by win­ning at the Shire Lon­don last Thurs­day.

But Hull, the world No 26, knows that vic­tory in the tour­na­ment would guar­an­tee her all the spoils. In­deed, with double points on of­fer, it is math­e­mat­i­cally pos­si­ble for any of the top six to pre­vail, with Liz Young, Gabriella Cow­ley, Meghan Ma­cLaren and Annabel Dim­mock also still in the hunt. It has the po­ten­tial to cap off the pre­vi­ous seven thrilling one-day shoot-outs. Rose, him­self, has been “en­tirely stunned” by the suc­cess of the se­ries he and Kate set up to fill the com­pet­i­tive void left by the pan­demic.

“There’s no down­side to the men giv­ing the women a lift, a help­ing hand,” Kate Rose said. “It’s only go­ing to in­crease cov­er­age of the sports. There should be no, ‘well, if the women get a bit of cov­er­age, it’s go­ing to take some away from us’, it would ac­tu­ally be the op­po­site. It would be great if we could con­tinue this snow­balling.”

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