England international Ashton Turner put up a brave defence of his title before having to settle for a share of fourth place in the 2014 Telegraph BMW Junior Championship boys’ event at Quinta do Lago in Portugal.
Turner, who was appearing in the 54-hole competition for the third year in a row, finished the tournament with a flourish after carding a four-under-par 68 in his closing round.
But the Kenwick Park star’s performance in the Algarve was restricted throughout by a tendon injury that prevented him from swinging properly, and he eventually finished on a total of 216, 10 strokes adrift of winner Vitor Lopes from Portugal, with Cheshire’s Rhys Nevin-Wharton taking second place and Worcestershire’s Oliver Farrell third.
Turner said: “I wasn’t able to hit anything longer than a two iron this week due to my leg injury. I snapped a tendon two weeks ago and I had difficult hitting long irons.
“It would have been great to defend my title here but it wasn’t to be unfortunately.“
Turner was one of 12 boys and nine girls to take part in the 54-hole competition and the 21 finalists enjoyed an added treat this year as they became some of the first golfers to play Quinta do Lago’s totally revamped North Course.