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This summer the Rose Ladies Series has created a huge buzz and excitement around women’s golf, and we’ve loved every minute of it.
With an event a week and new sponsors and supporters jumping onboard all the time, it’s been a whirlwind story that has left us only guessing about what will happen next.
So we thought we’d bring you a quick run down of anything you might have missed, plus the format for the Grand Final.
What happened at The Shire?
The most recent event, Round 7, took place on July 30 at The Shire London.
Major-winner Georgia Hall lifted the trophy for the second time, shooting seven birdies and finishing five under, three shots ahead of Liz Young (the lady who got the whole thing started by organising the event at Brokenhurst Manor) and Kylie Henry.
For many of the events, Kate Rose has been there to present the trophy, but as she was in American with her husband (also celebrating his 40th Birthday) it was mother hen Annie Rose’s turn to do the honours (we love that this tour is a family effort!).
This means that Georgia’s finishes for the last five events (she didn’t take part in the first two) are 2nd-2nd-2nd-1st-1st.
Basically, she’s dominated this competition from the moment she signed up.
Click HERE for the final leaderboard from The Shire.
So, what happens next?
Next week, we're into the Grand Final (we know, this summer is flying by).
Dubbed the Race to the West, it takes place across North Hants, The Berkshire Blue Course and Wentworth West Course.
The way it works is that after the first 36 holes (18 at North Hants and 18 at the Berkshire), the top 35 players and ties will progress to the final round on the West Course (this will also mark the first time that a professional ladies’ tournament has taken place on this historical track).
To qualify to take part in Round 8 at the North Hants, players must have played in at least four of the previous events.
What about the American Golf Order of Merit?
Early on in the Series, American Golf decided to join up with the Roses as the title sponsor and match their contribution of £35,000 towards a Order of Merit.
Unsuprisingly, Georgia Hall is currently in the lead for this, but Charley Hull is just 16.66 points behind with Liz Young, Gabs Cowley, Meghan MacLaren and Annabel Dimmock all chasing their tails too (Gemma Dryburgh won’t be competing as she is now back playing on the LPGA in America).
Double points are also on offer during the final so it really could be anyone’s game.
First place gets £20,000, second gets £10,000 and third gets £5,000.
It’s certainly a fab extra incentive for the players to push themselves.
You can check out the current standings for the Order of Merit HERE.
When is the Sports Marketing Surveys scholarship awarded?
The sports research company will decide who will get the £7,500 scholarship after the series is over.
It must be given to a player on the LET who is yet to get their card for the LPGA, and we can think of plenty of competitors who would be worthy recipients.
Who are the winners so far?
Brokenhurst Manor – Charley Hull
Moor Park – Meghan MacLaren
The Buckinghamshire – Gemma Dryburgh
Royal St George’s - Gemma Dryburgh
JCB Golf and Country Club – Gabs Cowley
Bearwood Lakes – Georgia Hall
The Shire London – Georgia Hall
You can check out all the leaderboards HERE.
How can I watch?
Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Mix have been showing highlights from the last few events on the Wednesday and Thursday after each tournament.
We recommend keeping an eye on the Rose Ladies Series Twitter account for more announcements about when it will be shown, and of course watch this space for more updates, too.
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