Ladies European Tour player Liz Young, one of the driving forces behind the launch of the Rose Ladies Series, has been awarded a £7,500 scholarship by Stephen Proctor, Chairman of Sports Marketing Surveys.
The generous prize, which is intended to offer financial support to a player striving to get on to the LPGA Tour, is the concept and personal gift of Proctor, who, along with former European Tour chief executive Ken Schofield and golf writer Lewine Mair, judged Young as the most deserving player who competed on the Rose Ladies Series this summer.
Hampshire-based Young, 37, whose original initiative sparked the interest and support of Justin and Kate Rose, was by a considerable margin the best non-LPGA performer across the series, with two second-placed finishes and a string of other consistent results.
Announcing the award Stephen Proctor said: “We are delighted that Liz has accepted our offer of support. It is thoroughly deserved on the basis of her play, and happily also acknowledges her initiative without which so many aspiring players would have had no competitive play. Liz will be a great ambassador for the game, and Sports Marketing Surveys are proud to support her.”
When informed of the selection, Kate Rose described it as “a fantastic choice. I am so thrilled for Liz, and fully supportive.”
On accepting the award, Young said: “When Stephen offered me the award, I felt extremely honoured that the award panel had chosen me. The Rose Ladies Series has been an amazing journey and I am so grateful for the support from Stephen and Sports Marketing Surveys, which will help me reach my full potential.”
Alice Hewson won the £10,000 first prize for winning the Rose Ladies Series 36-hole Grand Final at Wentworth, while Charley Hull won £20,000 for topping the Order of Merit.