Boys 16-18 (Top 4)
Boys 14-15 (Top 2)
Girls 14-18 (Top 2)
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 23, 2014 and age 16-18 as of July 29, 2014). 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
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
Saturday, March 8
8:00 a.m.- until last tee time -- Tournament registration (Pavilion)
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm -- Tournament Round 1
2:00 p.m. - end of play -- Player's Lunch (Pavilion)
Sunday, March 9
7:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. -- Tournament Round 2
11:00 a.m.-end of play -- Player's Lunch (Pavilion)
Following Play -- Awards ceremony (Pavilion)
Play will conclude by 5:30 p.m.
Course and Yardages
All divisions will play on the golf course at Waterchase Golf Club. Approximate course yardages are:
Boys 16-18: 6661 yards Blue Tees
Boys 14-15: 6175 yards White Tees
Girls 14-18: 6175 yards White Tees
For a course scorecard, click here.
Notices to Competitors
The following information is for all participants to be review prior to attending the event.
Notice to Competitors
Host Site Information
Optimist Golf Code of Conduct
Pace of Play Policy
Pace of Play Tips
The registration fee for the tournament is $180.99 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, 2013. Deadline to registration – February 28, 2014 – registration based on space availability –first come-first serve.
Golfers who cancel on or before February 12 will receive a refund less a $50.99 cancellation fee. Golfers canceling from February 13 to February 26 will receive a refund less a cancellation fee of $100.99. Golfers canceling after February 26 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. Only blocks from the course is La Quinta Inn, 8250 Anderson Blvd, Fort Worth, TX, (682) 237-7519.
For a list of other nearby hotels, click here.
Travel and Transportation
Waterchase Golf Club is located in Fort Worth, Texas, approximately 30 miles from the Dallas/Ft. Worth International airport (DFW).
Due to another tournament held on Friday, March 7, optional practice rounds will not be available on Friday. They are availabe after 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 6. Call Waterchase Golf Club at (817) 861-4653 for available times. Greens fee cost is $60 plus tax (includes cart). All fees for practice rounds are payable directly to Waterchase Golf Club.
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.
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 5:30 p.m. Please plan your departures accordingly and allow for ample time for airport transfers. If the final round cannot be completed by 5:30 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 5:30 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 place in each division. In case of ties, there will be a playoff for first place only.
Questions or Inquiries
All questions or inquiries should be directed to the Optimist Junior Golf office. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314.881.1307 or toll free 800.500.8130, ext. 207.