Charley Hull (24), won the first Rose Ladies Series Event after defeating Liz Young with a birdie on the first extra hole at Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club in the New Forest, Hampshire, England.
Liz Young, who organised the event at her home club shot 70 after going out in the first group and had to wait over three and a half hours before Charley Hull matched her score to force a playoff.
The world number 25, Hull was two strokes clear with two holes to play but double bogeyed the par-4 17th hole, after hitting a rescue wood off-line right into a ditch from the tee. She had a chance to birdie the 18th to win in regulation play but missed the putt. The Solheim Cup player then took her chance at the first extra hole, rolling in a similar putt from 12 feet beyond the hole, before being presented with a rose bowl and winner’s cheque for £5,000 by Kate Rose, wife of PGA Tour star Justin, who together sponsored the series.
Hull, who hadn’t played a competitive round in almost five months, since she played at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio in Florida in January, said,
“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’ve missed it loads. I love playing golf. I’m pretty much golfed out because I’ve been playing every day, but I can’t wait to get back out on tour.
“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.”
There will be a Rose Ladies Series Event played on Thursday each week, leading up to the Grand Final on August 6-7. The opening round will be played at The Berkshire with the final round to be hosted on the famous West Course at Wentworth.