Charley Hull was named the Order of Merit winner, while Alice Hewson received the £10,000 prize for leading the shortened Grand Final, following a dramatic conclusion to the inaugural Rose Ladies Series.
The West Course at the famed Wentworth Club in Surrey was hosting a women’s professional event for the first time in its history, when wildfires in the surrounding area caused the three-day grand final to be abandoned.
Despite the unexpected conclusion, the Rose Ladies Series - sponsored and organised by Major winner Justin Rose and his wife Kate - has proved to be a huge success in providing a platform for female professionals to get their careers back on track during the Covid-19 pandemic and following the easing of lockdown, as well as shining a light on the female game.
Alice Hewson — a rookie this year on the Ladies European Tour — led going into the final day, and was subsequently declared the winner of the shortened Grand Final Tournament, picking up a cheque for £10,000. LET and LPGA winner, and Solheim Cup star, Hull received £20,000 for her Order of Merit win.
The Roses were inspired after reading about LET professional Liz Young’s efforts to put on a competition at her home club in the New Forest, which she hoped would enable local players to stay competitive.
The series ultimately grew to include six one-day events around England and a three-day finale – which was cut to 36 holes following the Wentworth fire – with coverage on Sky Sports and further sponsorship from American Golf and Computacenter.
Footage of Justin speaking at the US PGA Championship was dominated by talk of the Rose Ladies Series, and speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Kate said she hoped the series would bring about real change in the female game.
“I thought isn’t it amazing that they are talking about English ladies' golf on American TV on the men’s tour.
“I think a conversation had been started. Frankly, the idea we had wasn’t complicated and it is not an idea many people would disagree with. It is the idea of equality. And the idea that we haven’t quite got in this day and age is a bit uncomfortable and I think everyone needs to get to the end line.
“Shining the light on the ladies, does not diminish the light on the men, helping someone up, does not pull you down.
“We just thought we were doing something useful and actually as it turns out that, from the ladies playing to people watching at home, everyone has been so enthusiastic. We just felt it was the right thing to do at the right time.”