10th Annual Optimist International Tournament of Champions


November 8-9, 2014

Detailed Tournament Information


Tee Times and Results
Optimist Junior Golf will be using Live Scoring. To visit the live scoring site, click here.

Host Site
PGA National Resort and Spa
400 Avenue of the Champions
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

The tournament will be played on the Champion and Fazio golf courses.

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 7
All day - Optional practice rounds
2-6 p.m. - Tournament registration -- Masters Ballroom

PGA National Resort & Spa

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Saturday, November 8

6:30-9:30 a.m. - Tournament registration -- Masters Ballroom
7:30-9:45 a.m. - Tournament Round 1 -- Champion and Fazio Golf Courses
12-3 p.m. - Player's Lunch -- Bar 91

Sunday, November 9
7:30-9:45 a.m. - Tournament Round 2 -- Champion and Fazio Golf Course
12-3 p.m. - Player's Lunch -- Bar 91
Following Play - Awards ceremony
After 4:00 p.m. - Departure

Age Divisions
Age divisions offered:

  • Boys 11-13, Boys 14-15 and Boys 16-18
  • Girls 11-13 and Girls 14-18

Age Limit and Eligibility
Open to boys and girls who are between the ages of 11 and 18 through the final round on November 9, 2014. To be eligible, golfers may not be enrolled in college. Golfers who are younger than 11 may apply to "play up" and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For detailed information on exemptions and eligibility, click here.

Tournament Format
Competition is 36-hole stroke play with tournament rounds on Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9.; Optional practice rounds are available on Thursday and Friday, November 6 and 7. Carts and caddies are prohibited for all tournament rounds.

Application Process
The application deadline has past.
To view a list of accepted golfers, click here. Accepted applicants will receive registration information on October 8. Online registration will be available (for accepted applicants only) after the playing fields are announced.

Junior golfers registered for the Tournament of Championships, click here.

Registration Fee
Registration fee: $375 US includes two tournament rounds, range balls prior to play, golfer's lunch on both tournament round days, and an Optimist Golf gift package. Player/family is responsible for making their own hotel arrangements.

Accommodations
A special rate of $139 per night ($25.00 resort fee included), plus tax is available at PGA National Resort & Spa. To make a reservation, call 1-800-633-9150 and mention; Optimist Tournament of Champions or click here to make reservations online. Reservation cutoff date is October 13, 2014. Reservations made after this date will be accepted on a space available basis only. A guarantee will be required at time of reservation for one night room and tax by credit card or check.

Attention Golfers Traveling Alone

If you will be traveling by yourself and would like to share a room with another golfer, please e-mail golf@optimist.org the following information: name, age division, arrival date and departure date.  We will attempt to put you in touch with another golfer in the same age division so that you can discuss the possibility of sharing a room. This is done as a courtesy only to golfers who are traveling by themselves. There is no guarantee that we will be able to find you a roommate.

Cancellations
Golfers who cancel on or before October 15 will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee. Golfers canceling from October 16 to October 22 will receive a refund less a cancellation fee of $100. Golfers canceling after October 22 will not receive a refund. Refund requests must be made in writing; verbal requests will not be honored.

Courses and Yardages
Approximate course yardages are:

The Champion Golf Course
• Boys 16-18: 6,700 yards
• Boys 14-15: 6,400 yards

The Fazio Golf Course
• Boys 11-13: 5,900 yards
• Girls 11-13: 5,400 yards
• Girls 14-18: 5,900 yards

To view detailed course scorecards, click here.

Practice Rounds
Optional practice rounds for the Tournament of Champions are available on Thursday, November 6 and Friday, November 7 for $65.00 plus tax rate (includes cart). Call PGA National at (561) 627-1804 Option #3 for availability.

Exemptions

Top finishers of the Tournament of Champions will be exempt from having to qualify for the summer 2015 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida as follows: Boys 11-13 (Top 5) Boys 14-15 (Top 5) Boys 16-18 (Top 10); Girls 11-13 (Top 5), 14-18 (Top 5) plus ties.

For the 2014 Tournament of Champions, the following AJGA exemptions will be awarded:
Boys 16-18 - Champion (12 stars), Top 5 (8 stars), Top 10 (4 stars);
Girls 14-18 - Champion (8 stars), Top 3 (4 stars)
Boys 14-15 - Top 5 (2 stars).

For more information, go to www.ajga.org.

Rankings
The Tournament of Champions is nationally ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek and is included in the AJGA Performance Based Entry process.

Rules and Regulations
The Tournament will be played in accordance with USGA and local course rules. A local rules sheet will be given to all players at registration.

Code of Conduct
Hard Card
Scoring Policy
Pace of Play and Tips


Carts, Pull Carts, Caddies and Distance Measuring Devices
Electric carts and caddies are prohibited in all age divisions for all tournament rounds. Pull carts are allowed in all age divisions for all rounds.  Participants must provide their own equipment. 

Electric carts are prohibited for spectators during tournament rounds. No exceptions.  Spectators who need on-course transportation may utilize an electric mobility scooter.  Scooters are available from several local rental vendors.  The rental fee for a scooter is the responsibility of the individual.  Please contact the Optimist Junior Golf office for a list of local vendors.

Distance measuring devices are allowed. Players may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. Refer to Rule 14-3.

Completion of Play

Provided there are no weather or other delays, the final round is scheduled to conclude by 2:30 p.m. However, tournament play will extend to 4:00 p.m. on November 9 if necessary. Please plan your departures accordingly and allow for ample time for airport transfers. If the final round cannot be completed by 4:00 p.m. due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances and it is determined that all players in an age division cannot complete 18 holes by 4:00 p.m. but the entire field in an age division can complete a common 9 holes, then the tournament will revert to a 27-hole event. If a common 9 holes cannot be completed on the final day then the tournament will revert back to the last stipulated round completed by the entire field in an age division.


Junior Orange Bowl
Optimist Junior Golf is pleased to announce that the winners of the Boys 16-18 and Girls 14-18 divisions of the 2014 Optimist International Tournament of Champions will earn an invitation to participate in the 2014 Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship. The Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship, one of the most prestigious junior golf events in the world is schedule for December 26-30, at the Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables, Florida.

Financial Assistance
Optimist Districts and Clubs are not required to provide financial assistance to golfers from their area. However, many Districts or Clubs may have funds available to assist golfers. Please contact the Optimist Junior Golf Chairperson from your District for details. For a list of Junior Golf Chairs, please click here.


Travel and Transportation
PGA National Resort and Spa is located at 400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33418, just west of the Florida Turnpike and south of PGA Boulevard. Approximately 16 miles from Palm Beach International Airport and 63 miles from Ft. Lauderdale Airport.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is the official rental car company. To receive a discounted rate, book online at www.enterprise.com and enter VIP code #41WT138. The three-letter password is OPT. Or, call toll free 1-800-VIP-ERAC.

Questions or Inquiries

All questions or inquiries should be directed to the Optimist Junior Golf office. Please email golf@optimist.org or call 314.881.1307 or toll free 800.500.8130, ext. 207.



Results of Past Optimist International Tournament of Champions

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Past Champions List

 


The Optimist International Tournament of Champions is nationally ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek and is included in the AJGA Performance Based Entry process.




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