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Optimist Junior Golf Announces U.S. Team for Inaugural World Cup Event
April 26, 2010
Junior golfers Colin Gunstream of Missoula, Montana, and Adam Schenk of Vincennes, Indiana, have been selected to represent the United States in the inaugural Optimist Golf World Cup. The event, held in coordination with the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships, will take place July 27 on the Champion course at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  MORE

At Large Application Deadline Extended
April 22, 2010
The deadline to submit an At Large application has been extended for certain age divisions. Optimist International will continue to accept US/Canada At Large applications for the following divisions: Boys 12-13, Girls 10-11 and Girls 12-13.  International At Large applications will continue to be accepted in the following divisions: Boys 12-13, Girls 10-11, Girls 12-13, Girls 14-15 and Girls 16-18. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be considered on a case-by-case and space available basis.  MORE

Online Registration Begins May 5
April 22, 2010
Online registration for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships will be accepted beginning May 5, 2010. Golfers who are qualified to play in The Optimist will be able to register and pay online. Golfers may also register by fax or mail as indicated on the registration form.  MORE

NCSA Educational Recruiting Expert Brandi Jackson to Speak at Optimist Championships
March 31, 2010
Former LPGA and current Duramed Futures Tour professional Brandi Jackson will address golfers in the 16-18 age divisions at the 2010 Optimist, answering questions about the college recruiting process and talking about her experiences as a junior, collegiate and professional golfer.

Jackson will present "College Recruiting Simplified: Learn the Five Things You Need to Know and the Five Things You Must Do" at 7:30 p.m. July 31 at PGA National.  MORE

2010 Qualifying Tournament Schedule Finalized
February 3, 2010
The dates of the official Optimist qualifying tournaments have been finalized. In 2010, there will be 53 Optimist District qualifying tournaments in 34 states and five Canadian provinces. The Optimist District qualifying season kicks off in the South Florida District on March 29-30 with a qualifier for all age divisions at the International Links-Melreese Country Club in Miami, Florida. This new South Florida qualifier is being held in cooperation with The First Tee Miami-Dade Amateur Golf Association's Spring Break Classic. Qualifying tournaments continue throughout April, May and June, with the majority taking place the last half of June. Many Districts also hold a series of local pre-qualifying tournaments that determine which golfers advance to the District finals.  MORE

The 2010 Hugh Cranford All-Scholastic Team
February 1, 2010
The 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.  MORE

2010 At Large Application
January 27, 2010
The 2010 At Large Application packet is now available.  Applications will be accepted beginning February 8, 2010, and the deadline to apply is April 21, 2010.  For more information and to download the application packet, click here.

Inaugural Optimist Golf World Cup
Presented by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment
January 15, 2010
The Optimist Junior Golf Program announces a new event that will be held in conjunction with the 2010 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. The Optimist Golf World Cup presented by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment by will be a one day, 18-hole, team competition featuring two-player teams representing their nations. MORE

Nine Year Olds Allowed to Play Up in 2010
January 5, 2010
New in 2010, golfers who are nine years old (as of July 26, 2010) will be permitted to play up into the boys and girls 10-11 divisions.  This change applies to the international championships and all Optimist District qualifiers.  MORE
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