About the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships

The Optimist International Junior Golf Championships is one of the largest and best-known junior golf tournaments in the world. Each year, more than 600 golfers participate in THE OPTIMIST. Optimists have been involved in the sport of junior golf for more than 30 years by holding local, regional and international tournaments. More than 5,000 golfers compete in official Optimist District qualifying tournaments. The best of these golfers, along with international golfers from around the globe, advance to the annual Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. Former champions and top finishers of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships include Beth Bauer, Jonathan Byrd, Jason Day, Bill Haas, Brittany Lincicome, Jeff Overton, Stacy Prammanasudh and Jennifer Rosales.

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When is the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship?

PGA National Resort and Spa
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

July 20-25, 2016 - Boys 10-11, 12-13, and Girl 10-12
July 25-30, 2016 - Boys 14-15 and Girls 13-14
July 30 - August 4, 2016 - Boys 16-18 and Girls 15-18

How do I qualify for this event?

The STPGA will be running two Optimist Qualifiers in 2016 .  Below are both tournaments and what exemptions are up for grabs at each site.  Since the STPGA is only allowed a certain number of exemptions, the STPGA split the exemptions as fair as possible.  

June 6th, 2016
Canyon Springs Golf Club
San Antonio, Texas

Boys 10-11 - 1st Place
Boys 12-13 - Top 2
Boys 14-15 - Top 4
Boys 16-18 - Top 2
Girls 10-12 - 1st Place
Girls 13-14 - Top 2
Girls 15-18 - Top 2

The Optimist will help pay for the cost of the finals in Florida for the winner of the Boys 16-18 and Girls 15-18 at this event.

June 13th, 2016
Deerwood Club
Kingwood, Texas

Boys 10-11 - 1st Place
Boys 12-13 - Top 2
Boys 14-15 - Top 4
Boys 16-18 - Top 2

Girls 10-12 - 1st Place
Girls 13-14 - Top 2
Girls 15-18 - Top 2

The Optimist will help pay for the cost of the finals in Florida for the winner of the Boys 16-18 and Girls 15-18 at this event.  

STPGA Divisions vs. Optimist International Divisions

STPGA Divisions

Boys 11-12, 13-14, 15-18
Girls 11-12, 13-14, 15-18

Optimist Divisions

Boys 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-18
Girls 10-12, 13-14, 15-18

Because of these differences and to insure that Optimist Exemptions are given out AND STPGA Points are given out, the following will take place:

A) Girls division will not be effective.  The STPGA will allow 10 year olds to play in this event if they would like too.  Please contact the STPGA office to register if you are 10 years old.  

B) For this one event, Boys will be broken down according to the Optimist Divisions.  Once the event is complete, we will award points into your respective STPGA Points List.  

For Example: In the Boys 12-13 Division, John Smith comes in second place and is 13 years old while Brian Jones comes in third place and is 12 years old.  John Smith will receive 300 points on the STPGA Boys 13-14 Points List.  Brian Jones will receive 275 points on the STPGA Boys 11-12 Points List.