Ladies European Tour
Jun 19th, 2020
Charley Hull wins first Rose Ladies Series event
Englishwoman wins in a play-off
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Liz Young who organised the event and first out in the morning, set the clubhouse lead at level par a mark that would not be matched until Hull posted her round of 70 much later in the day.
In grey and windy conditions no one in the field managed to break par but world number twenty-five Hull looked set to be the only player in red figures before a double-bogey at the 17th hole dropped her back into a share of the lead.
Hull failed to birdie the final hole missing a very makeable putt but she didn’t miss at the second time of asking on the 18th green. Her fifteen-foot birdie putt found the hole and she took the event and a cheque for £5,000.
Hull has not played a competitive event since January and was happy with her round.
“I’m just so happy to be playing professional golf again and have a scorecard in my hand. The golf course was in great condition and it was my first time round here today. I was quite happy with my score. I doubled the 17th, because I took a wrong line off the tee, but it was just great to be playing.”
“I want to thank Justin and Kate Rose for putting these events on. You need to be playing to get back in the mindset. I’ve been playing a lot for the last few weeks and I played eight days on the trot, but it’s not the same as having a scorecard in your hand. I’ll go back to America in four weeks’ time, so hopefully this will get my brain back into tournament golf.”
Gabriella Cowley finished third on 71, one-over-par, with Hannah Burke in fourth on 72, while Holly Calvert and Alice Hewson tied for fifth.
The event is the first of eight in the series sponsored by Justin Rose who reportedly has contributed £35,000. The series now moves to Moor Park on 25 June followed by Buckinghamshire Golf Club on 2 July, Royal St George's on 9 July, JCB Golf and Country Club on 16 July, Bearwood Lakes on 23 July and The Shire London on 30 July.
The Rose Ladies Series Grand Final is a two-day event on 6 and 7 August and will be played at the Berkshire and Wentworth's West Course. The final round will be the first time a women’s event has taken place over the famous Surrey course and home of the European Tour.
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