Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to frequently asked questions about the Optimist Junior Golf Program. If your question is not answered below, you may e-mail the question to golf@optimist.org or you may call 314-371-6000 or toll free 800-500-8130.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

My son/daughter is younger than 10 years old. Can he/she participate in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships? ANSWER

My son/daughter lives outside of the United States/Canada. How can he/she participate in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships? ANSWER

My son/daughter lives in the United States/Canada but lives in an Optimist District that does not offer a qualifying tournament or does not offer his/her age division. How can he/she participate in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships? ANSWER

Can my son/daughter "play up" into a higher age division? ANSWER

Are the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships ranked? ANSWER

Can my son/daughter use a pull cart, caddie or electric cart during the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships? ANSWER

Can my son/daughter use a range finder (distance-measuring device) during the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships? ANSWER

Are we required to stay at PGA National during the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships or can we make our own housing arrangements? What if we live near PGA National? ANSWER

We are bringing the entire family to The Optimist. Can we reserve additional rooms? ANSWER

What do the inclusive registration packages include? ANSWER

Do we have to stay for the entire 5 nights and are we eligible for a discount if we only stay 4 nights? ANSWER

Can we choose not to participate in the meal plan and are we eligible for a discount? ANSWER

Can we arrive a day (or days) early and/or leave a day (or days) late? If so, what is the cost? ANSWER

QUESTIONS ABOUT OPTIMIST DISTRICT QUALIFYING TOURNAMENTS

How many golfers advance from a District qualifier to the international championships? ANSWER

My son/daughter is younger than 10 years old. Can he/she participate in an Optimist District qualifying tournament? ANSWER

My son/daughter cannot play in the qualifying tournament in my area due to a schedule conflict. Can he/she submit an At Large application? Or, can he/she travel to another District's qualifying tournament? ANSWER

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

Q: My son/daughter is younger than 10 years old. Can he/she participate in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships?

A: No, golfers must be at least 10 years old by the last day of the championships (July 27, 2009) to be able to participate. In some cases, Districts will allow golfers who are not yet 10 years old to participate in a District qualifying tournament. Please contact the Chairperson listed for your District for details.

Q: My son/daughter lives outside of the United States/Canada. How can he/she participate in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships?

A: Junior golfers who are permanent residents of nations that do not offer official international qualifying tournaments may submit an application for consideration directly to Optimist International. A limited number of golfers in each age division are accepted through this method. For more information and a list of official international qualifying tournaments, click here.

Q: My son/daughter lives in the United States/Canada but lives in an Optimist District that does not offer a qualifying tournament or does not offer his/her age division. How can he/she participate in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships?

A: Junior golfers from the US/Canada who live in an Optimist District that does not offer an official qualifying tournament or does not offer their age division are encouraged to travel to another District qualifier. Or, they may submit an application for consideration directly to Optimist International.  A limited number of golfers in each age division are accepted through this method. Beginning in 2008, US/Canada At Large applications will only be accepted for golfers in the boys & girls 10-11 and 12-13 divisions. For more information, click here.

Q: Can my son/daughter "play up" into a higher age division?

A: Yes, golfers are permitted to "play up" one age division, but they must qualify in the higher division. Requests to play up 2 or 3 divisions require a special petition to the Optimist Junior Golf Committee. A golfer who intends to “play up” at the international championships must “play up” at all levels of qualifying. At large applicants and exempt golfers are permitted to apply to a higher division and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Are the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships ranked?

A: Yes, the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships are included in the Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings (all age divisions) and Golfweek rankings (16-18 divisions only) . The Optimist International Junior Golf Championships are also included in the AJGA Performance Based Entry process.

Q: Can my son/daughter use a pull cart, caddie or electric cart during the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships?

A: Caddies and electric carts are prohibited in all age divisions. Pull carts are permitted only in the boys and girls 10-11 division. Golfers in all other divisions must carry their clubs. No exceptions. Golfers in the 10-11 divisions who choose to use a pull cart at the championships MUST use a pull cart provided by Optimist International. For more information, click here.

Q: Can my son/daughter use a range finder (distance-measuring device) during the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships?

A: No, distance-measuring devices are not allowed. No exceptions.

Q: Are we required to stay at PGA National during the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships or can we make our own housing arrangements? What if we live near PGA National?

A: Due to the exclusive nature of the event and based on the all-inclusive packages available, golfers (at minimum) are required to stay at PGA National. Parents, siblings and other guests are not required to stay at PGA National but are encouraged to do so. Optimist staff & volunteers and paid security will be on site for the duration of the event to serve as chaperones. A parent or guardian must accompany players in the 10-11 division. Golfers who reside and attend school in the Florida counties of Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin and Broward are eligible for "commuter" status. The registration fee for commuters is $285 US (includes practice round, tournament rounds and access to all Optimist recreational functions and special events).

Q: We are bringing the entire family to The Optimist. Can we reserve additional rooms?

A: In order to accomodate as many families as possible at PGA National, each family is limited to a maximum of two hotel rooms or one club cottage. After July 10, extra rooms may be available for larger families. Please contact Optimist International for details

Q: What do the inclusive registration packages include?

A: The all-inclusive registration packages include the following: tournament entry fee for the golfer, five nights lodging for the golfer and all guests (July 24-29 for 10-11, 12-13 & 14-15 divisions; July 29-August 3 for 16-18 divisions), five breakfasts and four dinners for golfer and all guests, and access to all Optimist recreation functions and special events.

Q: Do we have to stay for the entire 5 nights and are we eligible for a discount if we only stay 4 nights?

A: No, you are not required to stay for all 5 nights. However, you are not eligible for a discount if you stay for less than 5 nights. This is based on the inclusive rules for the packages available for our group.

Q: Can we choose not to participate in the meal plan and are we eligible for a discount?

A: No, you cannot opt-out of the meal plan. This is based on the inclusive rules for the packages available for our group.

Q: Can we arrive a day (or days) early and/or leave a day (or days) late? If so, what is the cost?

A: Rooms may be available for early arrival and late departure. Cost is $99 (standard room) or $198 (club cottage) per night. Contact Optimist International for details and reservations. Availability is limited.

QUESTIONS ABOUT OPTIMIST DISTRICT QUALIFYING TOURNAMENTS

Q: How many golfers advance from a District qualifier to the international championships?

A: Each District is granted a set number of qualifying spots in each age division.  This represents the number of golfers in each age division that will be eligible to advance to the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships via the District qualifying tournament (provided the golfer meets the established scoring requirement above). For more information, click here.

Q: My son/daughter is younger than 10 years old. Can he/she participate in an Optimist District qualifying tournament?

A: District qualifying tournaments are independent events coordinated by a District Chairperson and Optimist volunteers. In some cases, Districts will allow golfers who are not yet 10 years old to participate. Please contact the Chairperson listed for your District for the answer to this question. Golfers who are younger than 10 years old by July 28 are not eligible to advance to the international championships.

Q: My son/daughter cannot play in the qualifying tournament in my area due to a schedule conflict. Can he/she submit an At Large application? Or, can he/she travel to another District's qualifying tournament?

A: If a golfer cannot play in his/her District's qualifying tournament, he/she is NOT eligible to submit an At Large application. Yes, a golfer may travel to another District's tournament to attempt to qualify.




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