Twenty-one young finalists have secured their places at the Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship, recognised as the unofficial ‘major’ of junior golf and hosted in 2018 for the first time at PGA Catalunya Resort, home of Spain’s No 1 course, near Girona.
Drawing over 20,000 hopeful contenders each year, the renowned boys’ and girls’ competitions reach out to players of all abilities across the UK and Ireland, with the only entry requirements being an official handicap, a competitive spirit, and to be under 18 at the start of the year.
Now in its 34th year, the competition has helped to produce some of the biggest names in golf, including major champion and World No 1 Justin Rose, European No 2 Tommy Fleetwood and three-time Solheim Cup player Mel Reid.
David Plana, CEO at PGA Catalunya Resort, said: “PGA Catalunya Resort is thrilled for the opportunity to host this crop of bright young stars and give them a taste of what professional players experience on the Tour. The Stadium Course will without doubt provide a superb challenge for the young people in this Championship and give them a chance to show the world what they can do.”
2017 Boys Champion Max Hopkins is still of age to compete, and will be returning to defend his title this year at PGA Catalunya Resort against the 11 other boy finalists. Returning girls, Charlotte Heath and Louise Duncan will be hoping that their experience in 2017 will give them a good foundation on which to stake their claim for the title in 2018, against the other 7 girl finalists.
Full listing of the 2018 finalists and their hometowns:
•Ellie Gower, age 16, from Perth
• Ashleigh Critchley, age 14, from Burton Latimer
• Louise Duncan, age 18, from West Kilbride
•Rosie Belsham, age 16, from Whitley Bay
•Amy Taylor, age 17, from Attleborough
• Hannah Darling, age 15, from Bonnyrig
•Pavani Kumar, age 16, from Twickenham
•Sophie Johnson, age 18, from Telford
• Charlotte Heath, age 16, from Brighouse
• Joe Sullivan, age 17, from Crawley Down
• Oliver Smith, age 17, from Newick
• Joshua Greer, age 17, from Port Glasgow
• Jamie Markwick, age 17, from Southampton
• Jack McPhail, age 17, from Merseyside
• Reuben Lindsey, age 14, from Ayrshire
• Jack Broun, age 18, from Ayrshire
• Cormac Sharpe, age 14, from Blairgowrie
• Abe Forsyth, age 16, from Haverford West
• Max Hopkins, age 15, from Bishops Stortford
• Barclay Brown, age 17, from Sheffield
• Calvin Holmes, age 16, from Almancil
Previously hosted on the North Course at Quinta do Lago in the Algarve, the event now moves to sister venue PGA Catalunya Resort, with coverage to be shown on Sky Sports.
In addition to its world-class golf facilities, PGA Catalunya Resort is fast becoming one of Europe’s premier luxury lifestyle destinations, located within easy reach of charming Girona, vibrant Barcelona and the stunning beaches of the Costa Brava.