North Course to host 2014 Junior Golf Championship

The Telegraph BMW Junior Championship finalists are in for a treat after it was revealed that this year’s 54-hole strokeplay event will be the first tournament to be played on the redesigned North Course at Quinta do Lago in October.

With the 30th anniversary of our long-standing event also awaiting the 21 finalists in the Algarve, the 12 boys and nine girls will be one of the first to play on the 6,776-yard course given a fresh makeover by renowned American architect Beau Welling, in collaboration with European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley.

Welling said of the £7.7 million investment programme: “We both put a big premium on playability, but also in asking golfers to use their creativity when approaching a shot. The new North Course is going to require strategic thinking and have a lot of shot values, no doubt a big imprint of Paul's influence.”

The North Course has been closed since December and as part of the redesign, all greens, tees, bunkers, drainage systems and cart paths have been rebuilt using the latest state-of-the-art technology, with the four sets of tees introduced to accommodate players of all levels.

Welling and McGinley both said that they wanted the course experience “to be more playable for higher handicappers while at the same time created precise target areas for the better player looking to score. “
McGinley, who will officially open the course during the Telegraph event on October 7, was part of last year’s finals at Quinta do Lago, when the Irishman gave invaluable advice to the 21 juniors ahead of the finals. He then played with the two winners – Ashton Turner and Alice Hewson – at Wentworth’s BMW PGA Championship Pro-Am event in May.

The two winners in Portugal this year will hope to follow in the footsteps of former finalists who, in recent years, have included Tom Lewis, Tommy Fleetwood, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Lauren Taylor, Hayley Davis and Carly Booth.

Hundreds of qualifying rounds for the October 6-11 finals have been staged across the UK this summer. Qualifying closes on August 29 and both leaderboards are showing healthy scores, which suggests another tight field.

This year we also launched a new under-14 Net competition which has seen a national leaderboard of the winners from each qualifying event in the boys and girls’ sections. The two winners will win a trip, along with a chaperone, to the finals.

Charlene Wilson, of St. Regulus Ladies Golf Club, currently leads the girls’ competition with -13, while Penrith Golf Club’ Alex Buchanan holds a one-stroke lead at -14 in the boy’s competition.

Quinta do Lago is home to three pristine Championship courses, with the Ria Formosa Lagoon serving as a stunning backdrop, and is set within 2,000 acres of Unesco-protected parkland.
Our long association also continues with Sky Sports, who will produce a highlights programme for the event in the Algarve, while this year also sees a new hotel venue, Monte da Quinta Suites.

Posted On : 26 Aug, 2014