Coronavirus: Wales & # 039; Lydia Hall seeks pandemic positives for women's wave

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Lydia Hall has won the 2012 Ladies British Masters at Buckinghamshire Golf Club

. Welsh professional Lydia Hall believes there may be positive points for women's play, despite the current financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Ladies golf resumed on June 18 with the start of a series of seven tournaments on English courses sponsored by leading male golfer Justin Rose.

There has not been a wave of women since the South African Open in early March.

"It's been a difficult time for everyone," Hall told BBC Radio Wales.

"Whether it's a sports professional or a carpenter, or whatever you are, it's the same situation we all find ourselves in.

" Without being able to do your job , there is no income.

"All we can do is just work hard, keep training and practicing and wait for the green light to compete again."

There has been widespread deliberation that women's sport may be hit harder than men by the current global health crisis, with Dame Heather Rabbatts demanding that it be protected from the economic effects of the corona virus.

Hall, 32, admits that the situation is challenging but also sees opportunities.

"In general, the first thing a company leaves is the sponsorship and marketing budget, so it is clearly a difficult time," said Hall on the BBC Radio Wales Breakfast program.

"But you could look at it with a positive twist. Many companies, new and old after this pandemic, could market their name and brand to show that they support certain sports.

"I think women's sports absolutely need that, so hopefully many people can turn this upside down and get positive things out of the pandemic and make great female sporting events and competitions in the future.

"These have been worrying times, but we have a great product in the Ladies European Tour (LET), and hopefully many more people can jump on it and support the women's game, just like Justin Rose does."

The series of seven events sponsored by former world number one and his wife Kate was conceived by LET player Liz Young.

The courses all donated their facilities for free, while the Roses reportedly contributed £ 35,000 as prize money to the series,

"It's amazing what he's doing with his wife ife Kate, said Hall, who is currently training in Australia.

"It's definitely necessary in the women's game right now, with the support of our fellow male tour players.

" It's just great that the LET girls can start in mid-June and July before we get the final details on when we start again, possibly August, maybe September. "

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