Forget to Submit your District Tournament Logistics Form
deadline to submit 2010 District tournament information to Optimist International
is January 30. Please make sure we have the most up-to-date information on record
about your District tournament. To download a copy of the District Tournament
Logistics Form, click
If you do not submit your 2010 tournament information by January 30, your District
will be classified as an "At Large" District. This means junior golfers
who live in your District will be required to travel to another District's qualifier
(ages 14-15 & 16-18) or will be able to apply for the championships through
the "At Large" application process (ages 10-11 & 12-13).
Thank you to the following Districts who have already submitted their 2010 tournament
Pacific Central (Northern Nevada)
Pacific Southeast (California)
Pacific Southeast (Hawaii)
South Texas (West)
and Improved District Golf Chair Page
take a moment to visit the new and improved District
Golf Chair page. You can also access this page by typing golf.optimist.org/chair
into your web browser. Please make a note of this webpage for future reference.
On this page you will find links to the District Chair newsletter, a section
containing important manuals & forms and other items.
A new section has been added called the "District Qualifying Tournament
Tool Kit." This section contains sample forms, confirmation e-mails,
a registration/accounting workbook, sample District tournament information sheet
& hard card, and tee times & results workbooks. This information
is designed to assist you in conducting your District tournament. All
of these items are samples only and may be edited to suit your individual needs.
Registration for District Qualifiers
an effort to allow Districts to offer online registration for their qualifying
tournaments, District Chairs are encouraged to set up a PayPal account.
An informational packet has been developed that provides detailed information
about how to register for a PayPal account and how to set up online registration
via the Optimist Junior Golf website. To download the packet, click
here. To view the end result of how online registration will look
to golfers and parents, feel free to visit the East Missouri District Junior
Golf page at golf.optimist.org/emo.
now, you should be familiar with the qualifying method that began in 2008. The
method, as determined by the Optimist Junior Golf Committee, provides Districts
with a set number of qualifying spots for each of the age divisions offered
in its qualifier. The number of qualifying spots are determined in advance based
on the number of junior golfers who participated in that District's qualifier
in the summer prior. If you have not already done so, please read through the
2010 District Manual and other information sent to you earlier this year.
And, refer to the District Qualifying Cover Sheet for your exact number of qualifying
spots (by age division) for 2010. If you have questions about the qualifying
method, please contact the Optimist Junior Golf office at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 800-500-8130, ext. 209.
Optimist Golf World Cup
Optimist Junior Golf Committee announces a new event that will be held in conjunction
with the 2010 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. The Optimist
Golf World Cup will be a one day, 18-hole team competition featuring two-player
teams representing their nations. Optimist Golf World Cup participants will
consist of players who are also competing in the Optimist International Junior
Golf Championships. This new event is sure to generate extra excitement during
THE OPTIMIST and it will be an honor for players to participate under their
USA and Team Canada will be selected by the Optimist Junior Golf Committee.
Selection will be based on a junior golfer's past results in the Optimist International
Junior Golf Championships. Optimist Junior Golf will contact potential participants
individually. International teams will consist of players who are selected
by their national federation or association.
2010 Hugh Cranford All-Scholastic Team is a special award recognizing the academic
accomplishments of junior golfers who are past participants of Optimist International
championship tournaments or District qualifiers.
The team will consist of four golfers who will be between the ages of 16 and
18 as of the last day of the 2010 OIJGC (August 1, 2010). Junior golfers selected
will receive an automatic exemption into the championships and complimentary
registration. The exemption includes an invitation to participate in the 2010
Optimist International Junior Golf Championships without having to play in a
qualifying tournament. The team will also be introduced on stage during the
Applications for the Hugh Cranford All-Scholastic Team will be accepted beginning
February 1 and are due no later than April 10, 2010. As a District Chair, you
are encouraged to spread the word about this program to past participants of
your District qualifier. For more information, please visit golf.optimist.org.
The information and application packet will be available for download in late
to all of you who were involved in making the 2009 Tournament of Champions a
success at Orange County National in Orlando this past November!
We always get plenty of feedback from the participants and their families and
this year was no exception. Players continue to compliment us on all the great
work that the volunteers do both on and off the golf course. The Tournament
of Champions, while small in comparison to the summer championships, continues
to get great support from our members. Thanks again for all you do for the program.
We have now signed agreements to move the Tournament of Champions to Disney's
Palm Golf Course at Walt Disney World, Florida, in 2010.
We will be needing more help than ever from our volunteers this coming July.
The Optimist Junior Golf Committee has decided to add an 18-hole team competition
beginning in 2010. It will be run on transition day between the two groups
departing and arriving. It will involve two person teams playing in a best ball
format. We will need marshals and scorers to make this happen! The new event
will be named the Optimist Golf World Cup. See the article above for more information.
We will again be bringing in USGA rules officials to work directly with our
volunteer marshals. This program has worked very well! It allowed us to have
an excellent group of rules officials that not only made rulings on the courses
but also held rules clinics for our marshals and got them directly involved
with on-course rulings. We will also be running a rules clinic for the younger
age group. Try to attend and a lot of good information is provided.
I had a chance to visit some other junior golf tournaments in the past few months.
It is always good to see how other organizations run their events, but I also
think they learn from us! I visited with some parents of junior golfers who
have played in Optimist events in the past and they were very complimentary
of the Optimist Golf program, especially the tireless work of our volunteers.
The summer event continues to grow in popularity around the globe. We continue
to get new countries applying for spots in the event. We are networking ourselves
around the world to make sure that kids everywhere have an opportunity to participate
at the local level.
The success of our program really does count on the continued support of our
volunteers. I cannot stress to you enough the importance of involving more people
in your District events and bringing them to the international championships.
The Junior Golf Committee and staff, along with your input, have no shortage
of good ideas to make things better for the players and their families. We just
need the manpower to make them happen!
The Optimist Junior Golf Committee and staff certainly appreciate all that you
do for the program. Please mark your calendars for the championships at PGA
National this summer, July 22-August 1. We will need more Optimist volunteers
than ever to continue to make the Optimist Golf program one of the best in junior
Relief for OIJGC Volunteers
an effort to provide financial relief and recognition for volunteers and District
Chairs who attend the international championships, the Optimist International
Board of Directors has approved the Junior Golf Committee's proposal for the
following items for the 2010 OIJGC:
(1) Breakfast: all Optimist volunteers and District Chairs will be provided
breakfast, at no charge, for all days they attend the international championships.
This extra meal is in addition to lunch, which will continue to be provided
for all tournament volunteers.
(2) Hotel Discount: all Optimist volunteers and District Chairs who attend
the international championships, and who stay at PGA National, will receive
a $20 per room-night/cottage-night reduction from the established nightly rate.
(3) Volunteer Play Days: a set number of tee times will be available for
Optimist volunteers to play golf for free in the afternoons during the international
championships. Tee times will be limited based on tournament play and
course availability and will be made through the Optimist volunteer office.
Tournament of Champions
2010 Optimist International Tournament of Champions will be held October 30-31,
2010, on Disney's
Palm Golf Course at Walt Disney World, Florida. Disney's Palm Golf
Course has received an excellent rating of 4 stars by Golf Digest and is one
of the host courses of the Children's Miracle Network Classic, the longest running
PGA TOUR event in Central Florida. Stay tuned for more information on
the Tournament of Champions or visit the event website by clicking