2015 Greg Norman Academy Open
Optimist Junior Golf Tour - Barefoot Resort

Optimist Junior Golf partnering with Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy

February 20-22, 2015
Registration, driving range and tournament takes place at the Greg Norman Academy
located at 2051 Academy Way, North Myrtle Beach, SC, 29582.

Photo courtesy of Barefoot Resort

The Norman Course
Seven holes along the Intracoastal Waterway highlight Greg Norman's design at Barefoot Resort framed by the site's original vegetation; each hole enhances the beauty of its natural vistas. Combined with open green complexes and fairways running up to the sand, the Norman course presents a stunning challenge for any golfer. The Norman Course is a Par 72. Designed with Norman's philosophy to bring into play the "bump and run" shots around the greens. This will give the player the option to play a number of different shots.

Age Divisions and Eligibility
Three age divisions will be offered: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15 and Girls 14-18. 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 14-15 as of July 26, 2015 and age 16-18 as of July 31, 2015). To be eligible, golfers may not be enrolled in college. Golfers who are younger than 14 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:

Girls 14-18: 36 hole total of 170
Boys 14-15: 36 hole total of 166
Boys 16-18: 36 hole total of 156

Top finishers 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 16-18 (Top ??)
Boys 14-15 (Top ??)
Girls 14-18 (Top ??)

Tournament Format
Competition is 36-hole stroke play. Practice rounds are available on Friday, February 20. 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 and North Carolina rankings by Tarheel Youth Golf Association.

Schedule of Events

Friday, February 20
All day -- Optional practice rounds
2-6 p.m. -- Tournament registration

Saturday, February 21
9:00-Noon -- Tournament registration
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.-- Tournament Round 1
Noon – 3:00 p.m. -- Player's Lunch

Sunday, February 22
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. -- Tournament Round 2
Noon – 3:00 p.m. -- Player's Lunch
Following Play -- Awards ceremony
Play will conclude by 5:30 p.m.

Course and Yardages
All divisions will play on the Greg Norman golf course. Approximate course yardages are:

Boys 14-15: 6222 yards - Green Tees
Boys 16-18: 6572 yards - Black Tees
Girls 14-18: 5718 yards - White Tees

For a course scorecard, click here.

Registration Fee
The registration fee for the tournament is $175.00 US. The registration fee includes two tournament rounds, range balls prior to play, golfer's lunch on both tournament round days, and an Optimist Golf gift package. Player or family is responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. Online registration opens December 1, 2014. Deadline to registration – February 6, 2015 – registration based on space availability –first come-first serve.

Golfers who cancel on or before January 9 will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee. Golfers canceling from January 9 to February 13 will receive a refund less a cancellation fee of $100. Golfers canceling after February 13 will not receive a refund. Refund requests must be made in writing; verbal requests will not be honored.

There are several hotel/motels in the area.

Travel and Transportation
Greg Norman Academy is located in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, approximately 30 miles from the Myrtle Beach International airport (MYR).

Practice Rounds
Optional practice rounds are available on Friday, February 20. Call Barefoot Resort at (843) 390.3200 for available times. Greens fee cost is $50.00 (includes cart). All fees for practice rounds are payable directly to Barefoot Resort.

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.

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 tournament rounds. Participants must provide their own equipment. Electric carts for spectators are permitted for a fee at the discretion of the host site.

Distance measuring devices are allowed. Players may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3 for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.

Completion of Play
Provided there are no weather or other delays, the final round is scheduled to conclude by 4:00 p.m. 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 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 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.

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.

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


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