The LET Access Series (LETAS) has unveiled a new event on the 2022 calendar with the Rose Ladies Open, which will take place this September.
Following on from the huge success and growth of the Rose Ladies Series over the past few years, Kate and Justin Rose felt it was a natural and necessary progression to increase their support of the professional ladies game with a tournament on the LET Access Series. As such, the Rose Ladies Open is the next step on the journey.
We are really excited to announce the Rose Ladies Open! Building on the success of the Rose Ladies Series, by creating this new tournament, as part of the LET Access Series. @LETAccess https://t.co/HcHSqqabZn pic.twitter.com/tMgeGfWR1h
— Justin ROSE (@JustinRose99) July 25, 2022
Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire, England will play host to the 54-hole stroke play tournament from 23-25 September 2022 which will boast a prize fund of €65,000; the largest prize fund this season outside of the Grand Final.
A field of 108 players will be teeing it up on the par-72 Melbourne Course, which opened in June 1992 and is the handiwork of former Ryder Cup golfers Peter Alliss and Clive Clark.
“We are really excited to announce the Rose Ladies Open! Building on the success of the Rose Ladies Series, we wanted to continue growing and developing the ladies’ professional game by creating this new tournament, as part of the LET Access Series,” said Kate & Justin Rose.
“Our motivation remains the same: we want to give the female professionals more opportunities to play competitively; provide them the chance to compete for larger prize funds; provide opportunities to be seen and receive the exposure they deserve, so that we can continue to work towards change and the drive for equality and help provide the pathway to the Ladies European Tour.”
The Rose Ladies Series was created in 2020 during the height of the pandemic, inspired when Kate read about LET professional Liz Young’s search for support for a roll up at Brokenhurst Manor due to the lack of playing opportunities for the women during lockdown.
The Roses immediately pledged to put their own money into a series of events to give the female golfers an opportunity to keep playing, and a tour consisting of eight one-day tournaments – including a three-day grand final – was created in the summer of 2020 and named the Rose Ladies Series. Once announced, companies such as American Golf and Computacenter, approached the Roses to match their financial sponsorship, and the Rose Ladies Series grew organically from that in 2020, to an increased 11 events across England in 2021 with double the prize money on offer, and then in 2022, the Rose Ladies Series was a condensed series of five events in April to provide a warm up for the revived LET schedule.
The addition of the Rose Ladies Open to the LETAS schedule in 2022 means there are now 19 events on the 2022 calendar with the total prize money for the season reaching €850,000.