A teen golf prodigy from Troon is set to take on the very best in Portugal next week.

Freya Russell will be aiming to end the season in style and follow in the footsteps of some of the biggest names in golf when she takes part in the 2023 Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship at Quinta do Lago in Portugal.

Freya, 17, from Royal Troon Golf Club, will go up against some of the finest young golfers from across Europe at the Algarve final.

The tournament will be held from October 30 to November 3 on the prestigious South Course at Quinta do Lago, a par-72 layout which was recently named Europe’s best golf course and Portugal’s best golf course at the 2023 World Golf Awards. 

Rose, the headline sponsor of the event since 2019, forms part of an illustrious roll call of famous names who were victorious in the tournament at the start of their respective careers.

His recent winning Ryder Cup colleagues Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Fitzpatrick both put themselves on the map with success at the event, as did Ladies European Tour stars Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Melissa Reid and Carly Booth.

Quinta do Lago will be hosting the unofficial ‘major of junior golf’ for the seventh time in nine years.

The competition is open to any golfers aged 18 or under at midnight on January 1, 2023, making it a breeding ground for exciting young talent that can serve as a stepping stone to the upper echelons of golf.

With events for both girls and boys, the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship sees 12 young golfers in each category compete across 54 holes of stroke play.

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Golfers from across the UK, Ireland and Portugal will be taking part in this year’s competition.

Returning to Quinta do Lago to compete in the boys’ tournament is last year’s champion Dylan Shaw-Radford, who’s enjoyed a busy year of competition since his success 12 months ago.

Last year’s girls’ champion Sophia Fullbrook will also be bidding to retain her title after a solid season so far in 2023.

Also competing in this year’s tournament after accepting an invite from sponsors is history-maker Connor Graham.

The Scottish teen heads to Portugal having become the youngest-ever Walker Cup player on home soil in September, and a part of the winning Junior Ryder Cup team at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club.

Quinta do Lago has earned a reputation as a leading figure in European golf, with a trio of stunning 18-hole courses – the North Course, South Course and Laranjal – attracting visitors from around the world.

The South Course underwent an extensive €7million renovation in 2021 and was crowned Europe’s Best Golf Course at the World Golf Awards last year as the resort celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Away from the courses, Quinta do Lago’s guests can choose from 14 first-class bars and restaurants and stay in the boutique Magnolia hotel. Opened since 2018, Quinta do Lago’s The Campus has quickly become one of Europe’s leading elite performance centres, hosting the Portugal national football team, PSG and the Ireland Rugby Union men’s senior first team squad.

The Algarve is a favourite with tourists for its natural beauty and ideal golfing climate, and the sweeping 2,000-acre resort has now celebrated five decades as one of the region’s most popular destinations.

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