GOLF: Kenwick’s Ashton Turner looks to retain Junior Golf Championship in Portugal


England Boys and Kenwick Park Golf Club star Ashton Turner will head back to Quinta do Lago in Portugal next week to defend his title at the finals of the 2014 Telegraph BMW Junior Golf Championship on the resort’s eagerly-awaited revamped North Course.

Turner, 17, ranked second in Europe in his age category, has received a sponsors’ invite after winning the title by two shots last year and will line-up against the cream of the UK’s top up-and coming golfers for the chance to lift the title at the prestigious venue.

The 21 finalists are in for an added treat this year as they will be among the first golfers to play Quinta do Lago’s totally revamped North Course when the 54-hole strokeplay event is held at the resort for the second year in a row from October 8-10.

The highly-regarded event is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, with the field of 12 boys and nine girls competing for the chance to succeed 2013 champions Turner and Alice Hewson.

The two winners in Portugal will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of former finalists who, in previous years, have included the likes of 2013 US Open champion Justin Rose, Tom Lewis, Tommy Fleetwood, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Melissa Reid, Hayley Davis and Carly Booth.