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Optimist Junior Golf Tour | Saddlebrook Resort

Optimist Junior Golf partnering with Saddlebrook Academy

Tournament Details
Saddlebrook Resort Wesley Chapel, FL



For a list of registered golfers, click here.

Tee Times and Results
For tee times and results each day

Age Divisions and Eligibility
Age divisions offered: Boys 16-18, 14-15, 11-13 and Girls 14-18, 11-13. The age division corresponds to the junior golfer's age they will be on the last day of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships (age 11-13 (July 24) age 14-15 (July 29) and age 16-18 (August 4)). To be eligible, golfers may not be enrolled in college. All golfers may apply to "play up" and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

** All players must meet the scoring criteria for this event in order to qualify for the Championships:

Target Scores
Boys 11-13 190
Boys 14-15 164
Boys 16-18 154

Girls 11-13 192
Girls 14-18 168
Top finishers will be exempt from having to qualify for the summer 2017 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida as follows:

Boys 16-18 (Top 3)
Boys 14-15 (Top 3)
Boys 11-13 (Top 3)
Girls 14-18 (Top 3)
Girls 11-13 (Top 3)

Tournament Format
Competition is 36-hole stroke play. Carts and caddies are prohibited for all tournament rounds. Time and weather permitting, a playoff will occur for first place positions only. All other ties will be broken using a scorecard playoff.

The Optimist Junior Golf Tour is ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard.

Schedule of Events

May 5
All day -- Optional practice rounds

May 6
8:00 am til last tee time -- Tournament registration
11:00 am -- Player's Lunch
12:34 - 4:00 p.m.-- Tournament Round 1

May 7
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. -- Tournament Round 2
11:00 a.m. -- Player's Lunch
Following Play -- Awards ceremony

Registration Fee
The registration fee for the tournament is $200.00 US. The registration fee includes two tournament rounds, range balls prior to play, golfer's lunch on both tournament round days, a bottle of water each day and an Optimist Golf gift package. Player/family is responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. Online registration is open. Deadline to registration; April 26, 2017 – registration based on space availability –first come-first serve.

Refund Policy: Please review the following refund policy before withdrawing from an Optimist Junior Golf event:
Tournaments: Players that have registered for a tournament may withdraw between the date of their registration and three weeks prior to the event's first tee time and receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee.
After three weeks prior to the first tee time, players will be charged $100 of the original entry fee.
10 days or less of the first tee time, no refund will be issued.

Enjoy a weekend at Saddlebrook Resort. Saddlebrook is offering deluxe guest room at $149, 1-bedroom suite $169 and 2-bedroom suite at $179. Rate includes a $10.00 amenity fee which includes daily newspaper, in-room tea/coffee, entry into fitness center, local calls, 800 calls and WIFI in sleeping rooms. Valet parking charges are $15.00 for overnight parking with in/out privileges or $8.00 for day parking. To book your room call 1-800-729-8383 x 4401. Caller must reference Opimitst Junior Open to confirm their tournament room rate. A one night's deposit equal to the confirmed room rate is required at time of booking. Guest must provide 72 hours advance cancellation notice to avoid a cancellation charge equal to on nights room rate. Enjoy a weekend of golf, tennis, pool and spa.

Travel and Transportation
Saddlebrook Resort is located in Wesley Chapel, Florida, approximately 40 miles from the Tampa International airport (TPA).

Practice Rounds
Optional practice rounds are available on May 5. Call Saddlebrook Resort (813) 907-4566 for available times. Mention Optimist Junior Tour Event. The cost is $45.00 plus tax per round.

Driving Range and Putting Green
Registration includes range balls prior to play and unlimited access to practice greens on days of rounds.

Rules and Regulations
The tournament will be played in accordance with all USGA and local course rules. A local rules sheet will be given to all players at tournament registration. All participants are responsible for following the Optimist Golf Code of Conduct. Violations to any rules or regulations may result in stroke penalties or disqualification. Severe violations of the Code of Conduct will result in immediate disqualification and the golfer will be sent home at the first available opportunity at his/her own expense.

Site Information
Code of Conduct
Host Site Information
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. Spectator cards are subject to availability for $25.00 each. For adults wanting to play around of golf. The cost is $75.00 per person - 18 holes(cart and greens fees)

Distance measuring devices are allowed. In this competition a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. elevation changes, wind speed, etc.) the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.

Completion of Play
Provided there are no weather or other delays, the final round is scheduled to conclude by 7:00 p.m. Please plan your departures accordingly and allow for ample time for airport transfers. If the final round cannot be completed by dark due to weather delays or unforeseen circumstances, the tournament will revert back to the last 18 holes completed by the entire field. If inclement weather suspends play on the final day of the tournament and it is determined that all players in an age division cannot complete 18 holes by dark 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.

Trophies will be awarded for first and second place in each division. In case of ties, there will be a playoff for first place only. Second place tie will be determined by a scorecard playoff.


2016 Core Golf Academy Open

The Palmer Course

While many of the holes provide generous driving areas, level ground is rare and the firm green fairways are contoured to resemble a rolling New England course. Facing the green from the slanting fairways, the small elevated emerald islands are framed by white-faced bunkers, azure ponds and gently swaying palm trees. Hilly lies and sweeping Florida breezes make it challenging to attain the accuracy needed to find these targets. The Tif-eagle greens are firm, fast and undulating, allowing only a crisply struck shot to hold their surface. Surrounding the greens, the thick, gnarly Bermuda rough tangles around the club and complicates the soft touch needed to play short pitch shots. Miss the green, and you face a difficult par. Several holes require length, all reward finesse.


The Optimist Junior Golf Tour is ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard.

Course and Yardages

Approximate course yardages are:

BOYS 11-13
5,820 yards (Gold tees)

BOYS 14-15
6,273 yards (White tees)

BOYS 16-18
6,590 yards (Blue tees)

GIRLS 14-18
5,820 yards (Gold tees)

GIRLS 11-13
5,160 yards (Red tees)


Direct: 314.881-1307
Toll free: 800.500.8130 ext. 207