Dylan Shaw-Radford is set to conclude the season in a grand manner as he defends his title next week in the 2023 Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship at Quinta do Lago in Portugal.
Shaw-Radford, an 18-year-old hailing from Huddersfield Golf Club, will be facing off against some of Europe’s most promising young golfers at the Algarve final, taking place from October 30 to November 3 on Quinta do Lago’s esteemed South Course. This course, boasting a par-72 layout, was recently honoured as Europe’s Best Golf Course and Portugal’s Best Golf Course at the 2023 World Golf Awards.
The 18-year-old will contend with 11 other golfers in Portugal, including two compatriots from West Yorkshire – Jake Wallis, 17, from Garforth Golf Club in Leeds, and Jack Hampshaw, 18, from Crosland Heath Golf Club near Huddersfield.
Since 2019, Rose has been the headline sponsor of the event. He joins a prestigious list of legendary names who claimed victory in this tournament at the outset of their careers. Recently triumphant Ryder Cup comrades Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Fitzpatrick made their mark with victories at this event, as did Ladies European Tour luminaries Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Melissa Reid, and Carly Booth.
Quinta do Lago will host the unofficial ‘major of junior golf’ for the seventh time in nine years. The competition is open to any golfers under the age of 18 as of midnight on January 1, 2023, providing a fertile ground for budding talent aspiring to reach the upper echelons of the sport.
Featuring events for both girls and boys, the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship will witness 12 young golfers in each category vying across 54 holes of stroke play. Participants from across the UK, Ireland, and Portugal will partake in this year’s competition.
Defending girls’ champion Sophia Fullbrook will also return to Quinta do Lago, aiming to secure her title after a commendable performance in 2023 thus far.
Another contestant in this year’s tournament, courtesy of a sponsorship invitation, is history-maker Connor Graham. The Scottish teenager heads to Portugal after becoming the youngest-ever Walker Cup player on home soil in September, and being part of the victorious Junior Ryder Cup team at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club.
Quinta do Lago has garnered a reputation as a prominent figure in European golf, boasting three breathtaking 18-hole courses – the North Course, South Course, and Laranjal – drawing visitors from around the globe. The South Course underwent an extensive €7 million renovation in 2021 and was crowned Europe’s Best Golf Course at the World Golf Awards last year as the resort celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Beyond the fairways, guests at Quinta do Lago can choose from a selection of 14 top-tier bars and restaurants, and have the option to stay at the boutique Magnolia hotel. Operating since 2018, Quinta do Lago’s The Campus has swiftly risen to become one of Europe’s leading elite performance centres, hosting the Portugal national football team, PSG, and the Ireland Rugby Union men’s senior first team squad. The Algarve is a beloved destination for tourists due to its natural splendour and ideal golfing climate, and the sprawling 2,000-acre resort has now marked five decades as one of the region’s most sought-after destinations.
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