In 1985 The Telegraph launched ‘The Telegraph Junior Golf Championship’ and this year the Championship is celebrating an amazing 30 years.
Over the years the Championship has grown into one of the biggest junior competitions in the world and one of the most sort after titles to win. When the first Final took place in 1985 at The Belfry the field was boys only and Terry Berry was the first Champion, Terry who was only 15 at the time turned pro in 1989. 1990 saw the introduction of girls and the Championship has been a mixed competition ever since helping grow golf for junior girls too.
One of the reasons thousands of boys and girls try to qualify for the Championship Final is the once in a lifetime experience it provides. This year the finalists will receive clothing and merchandise from TaylorMade adidas Golf, stay in the 5 star Monte da Quinta Resort, play the stunning North Course at Quinta do Lago, take part in a fun SKY Media Training evening and attend a fabulous Gala Dinner at the end of the week. Quinta do Lago has been the ‘Home of The Championship’ for the last two years and the final returns again this October.
Over the years the final has travelled to many destinations all over the world including; Portugal, America, South Africa, Dubai and Abu Dhabi-playing some of the best courses in the world.
“I gained so much experience at Junior Golf, it helped me understand so much.” Rebecca Hudson
” The Final was the best week of my life and I made friends for life.”
In the last 30 years there have been many talented juniors play in the Championship as teenagers hoping to make it in the golfing world. Many of those juniors have gone on to be professional golfers, Justin Rose the winner in 1997 has become one of Britain’s most successful golfers and in 2013 won the US Open. Andrew Coltart the winner in 1986 became a European Tour regular and Ryder Cup player.
“I myself was lucky enough to play and win The Telegraph Junior Golf Championship and I always felt that my game benefited greatly from the experience I gained playing different courses and seeking out a place in the final. It was one of the first events I won and it helped give me the confidence to pursue my dream and eventually become a European Tour regular and a Ryder Cup player.” Andrew Coltart
Oliver Fisher and Matthew Fitzpatrick are both enjoying successful careers on The European Tour and Rebecca Hudson, Melissa Reid, Carly Booth, Alex Peters and Sally Watson are all climbing the world rankings and playing on the Ladies European Tour.
” Special memories of my time in Dubai” Sally Watson
The Telegraph Junior Golf Championship has grown significantly over the last 30 years, in recent years The Telegraph has been joined by key sponsors including BMW, QDL, Monte da Quinta, Tourism de Portugal, TaylorMade adidas Golf, Monarch, The R&A, England Golf and SKY, who together are working to grow the event further and find more golfing superstars of the future. Paul McGinley is also an ambassador for Junior Golf and last year attended the Final with The Ryder Cup Trophy- another once in a lifetime opportunity for some of the finalists!
Could this be you? If you would like to enter one of our qualifiers for your chance to be at the Final please see the below link.
Link to Quinta do Lago, home of The Telegraph BMW Junior Golf Championship