Kate Rose urges more support for women’s game
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.”