The excitement is mounting as the first event of the Justin Rose Ladies Series comes to Hampshire tomorrow at the lovely New Forest course of Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club (BMGC). The start sheet can be found here – and includes our own Hampshire Girls’ Squad coach Georgie Mundy, from Winchester Golf Academy.
Georgie has been hugely successful as a member of the Hampshire Girls’ team and 1st Team and was Junior Captain and Champion. She won the Ladies’ Championship twice and helped win the Finals Week Championship in 2015.
She studied at University of North Texas before coming home to play amateur golf and then turned pro in October 2017.
She is completing her PGA course later this year as a PGA professional and works as a coach at Winchester Golf Academy with all ages and all standards focusing on ladies and junior golf trying to grow the game and get as many new starters as possible!
The stellar field also includes Charley Hull and Liz Young herself, and none other than Dame Laura Davies, pictured here recently with the Hampshire Girls just before Christmas at Topgolf in Surrey.
The BMGC event is the brain child of LET Professional Liz Young, member at Brokenhurst Manor GC, and newly arrived Pro there Jason MacNiven (owner of renowned custom-fitting company Golf Principles Ltd based in Basingstoke) and this opening event certainly has a Hampshire flavour about it.
Liz said: “This all started with an idea that Jason and I had. We went to the club with it and we had great support from them. We had a vision from the start; get women competing again, increase the profile and visibility of women’s professional golf and inspire the next generation. Hopefully the players would embrace the chance to play, see that it could be done and maybe take it to their clubs.
“Thanks to Kate and Justin Rose and his team, our dream has come true… in a week! I can’t thank Justin and Kate enough for coming onboard, creating opportunities and increasing the visibility for professional women golfers.
“I would also like to thank the Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club members. Their encouragement and support has been amazing from the start and I’m sure that with the news of Justin and Kate being involved, they will be as excited as I am. It makes me so proud to be a member of BMGC.”
Jason added: “It was a simple idea and concept – play for your own money and you get to enjoy competing again. We are delighted to have help from Justin and Kate as they can grow the series, which is what we initially wanted to do. We want to inspire the next generation and hopefully if this is an annual event, then kids can walk the fairways with their heroes. It is my duty to help the girls, it is time for me to put back into the sport and help the women, so it’s the right thing to do. Liz and I flew the kite and it has officially taken off!”
BMGC Club Manager Kevin Light commented: “Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club is delighted to host the first event of the upcoming Rose Ladies Series. Knowing that Liz had spoken about the LET schedule being the strongest in a number of years, only for Coronavirus to hit, we were only too happy to step in.”
It is understood that Justin Rose, who won the scratch open event and set the course record at Brokenhurst Manor in 1996, was inspired to help Liz and the LET players as he felt it unfair that he was able to return to action on the PGA tour with the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Texas, two months before his female counterparts can do so.
Sky TV has announced coverage of Thursday’s play with live updates from the course showing on Sky Sports News, and also a short update from the event will be shown on Sky Sports Golf. The Sunday Telegraph will ensure it and the other events are well reported.