A teenage golfer from Huddersfield has won a prestigious tournament renowned as ‘The Unofficial Major of Junior Golf.’
Dylan Shaw-Radford, 17, of Huddersfield Golf Club, won the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship in Portugal.
Some of golf’s most prodigious young talents showcased their skills at Quinta do Lago last week and another local golfer – 18-year-old Habib Khan, of Willow Valley Golf Club in Brighouse – came fourth.
The competition, sponsored for the third time by former winner Justin Rose, is open to any golfer aged 18 or under at the turn of each year.
Twenty-four boys and girls competed across 54 holes for a trophy that has also been lifted by golfing greats such as Alice Hewson and Matt Fitzpatrick.
A dozen players in each category took to the resort’s iconic South Course – the first major event hosted on the layout since it underwent a €7 million renovation project last year.
Shaw-Radford led going into the final round and held on for victory, winning by two strokes. He demonstrated remarkable consistency with scores of 69, 69 and 70.
Over 17,000 entrants were narrowed down through qualifying to the 24 finalists, including reigning boys’ champion Harley Smith, 17. The girls’ section was won by Sophia Fullbrook, 17, of Hertfordshire.
Shaw-Radford said: “This means a great deal. Just look down the names who have won it – Justin Rose himself, Andrew Coltart and a fellow Yorkshireman in Matt Fitzpatrick, 10 years ago. What a way to finish 2022.”
It was a fourth big tournament victory of the year for Shaw-Radford who also won the Scottish Boys, the Carris Trophy (English Boys) and the Sir Henry Cooper Trophy.
For more details on the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship and to find out more about the 2023 event, go to www.telegraph.co.uk/juniorgolf