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Promising young Algarve golfer aiming to copy Ryder Cup stars

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Gonçalo Teodoro from Lagoa in the Algarve, is set to battle it out with some of Europe’s top young golfers after qualifying for the final of the 2017 Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship at Portugal’s prestigious Quinta do Lago resort (November 6 to 11).

Promising young Algarve golfer aiming to copy Ryder Cup stars

 

He will be looking to take the title from reigning champion Harry Goddard, 17, from Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, who posted an incredible course record on Quinta do Lago’s North Course last year as he recorded nine birdies on his way to an opening round 66, eventually winning by nine strokes.

 

Hannah Screen, from Berkhamsted is the defending girls’ champion as the 17-year-old recorded a two-shot win.

 

Teodoro, 16, booked his place in the elite line-up after qualifying courtesy of a sponsor’s invite.  The highly-rated Portuguese ace clinched glory in the fifth annual Paul McGinley Juior Cup in the summer.

 

Playing off one, he triumphed in the overall Category One gross and nett trophies, scoring the lowest round of the tournament with a brilliant first-round 66 playing off the white tees on the South Course – the first time he had ever played the course.

 

Teodoro, an Algarve resident, then shot 71 on day-two at the revamped par 72 North Course to claim a wild card for the prestigious Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship 2017.
He saw off the challenge from compatriot Daniel da Costa Rodrigues, 14,  who finished eight shots behind, while England’s rising star and last year’s winner Alfie Fox, 17, of Roehampton Golf Club, near London, will also line up at Quinta do Lago.

 

Now in its 33rd year, the 54-hole stroke play Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship, which was hailed by 2014 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley as one of junior golf’s Majors, is to take place on Quinta do Lago’s redesigned North Course.

 

Officially opened by McGinley in October 2014, the 6,156m-layout, one of three championship courses at the resort, has quickly risen to become one of the new stars of European golf.

 

The North Course played a key role in Quinta do Lago being named Portugal’s best golf resort in Golf World’s inaugural rankings of the Top 100 Resorts in Continental Europe 2016/17.

 

A multi-million pound investment has led to a number of high-profile additions, strengthening the Algarve destination’s reputation as the world’s leading sport and leisure destination – both on land and on water. The Campus, a state-of-the-art sporting facility, is the latest inclusion that aims to provide the perfect training base for both beginners and world-class athletes in all fields.

 

Phase One has now been completed that includes the Pavilion, which is the social heart of the facility, tennis courts, padel courts and the Bike Shed for cycling enthusiasts, who can make the most of the all-year round temperate climate.


For more details about the 2017 Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship, call 0344 693 1885 or go to http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/sport/juniorgolf/

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Edition 1450
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