Kate Rose, wife of Justin, winced when she saw the recent headline, the one which said that Justin had given £35,000 towards a run of one-day events for those UK women who are so desperately awaiting the day when the LET Tour restarts.
“Our thoughts were never about giving a donation and moving on,” said Kate. “What we had in mind was to help get the ball rolling for a group of girls who were getting nothing in the way of competitive practice.”
Justin’s best friend and UK manager, Paul McDonnell, had sent the Roses an article he had seen about Liz Young, an LET professional who was in the throes of organising a tournament for her sister professionals at her home club, Brokenhurst Manor.
McDonnell suggested to Justin that he might want to follow suit. However, by the time Justin and Kate had read the piece, they wanted to do more. “Justin,” said Kate, “felt that it would take several events to get the players’ adrenaline flowing. At the same time, we both thought it important that the girls should get a bit of media attention. Players need to keep their names out there. With what’s been going on, that hasn’t been happening.
“The two of us know just how hard we’ve had to work to make sure Justin has kept offering value to his sponsors over the last couple of months. To explain, he’s been getting more involved with company clients via Zoom and other outlets, he’s been doing more social media than he’s ever done, and he’s been giving golf tips.”
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