2013 Optimist International Tournament of Champions

Detailed Tournament Information

Tee Times and Results
Optimist Junior Golf will be using Junior Golf Scoreboard's Live!Scoring for the Tournament of Champions. To visit the Live!Scoring site, click here.

Host Site
ChampionsGate Golf Club will host the 9th Annual Optimist International Tournament of Champions on November 9-10, 2013. The event will be played on both the International and National golf courses at ChampionsGate.

From the ChampionsGate website:

ChampionsGate Golf Club in Orlando, Florida features two premier 18-hole championship golf courses designed by accomplished architect and golfer, Greg Norman.

The International Course brings a unique "down under" style of coastal links from Norman’s homeland to Orlando golf. The links style course is designed around scenic natural wetlands, and features long carries, deep pot bunkers, tall grass-topped dunes, and large undulating greens. The International course has hosted many of the top players in golf, at the Father Son Challenge.

The National Course is a completely different experience, and is designed in the "Florida golf resort" style. The lush Orlando golf course is weaves its way through the naturally rolling central Florida plains, and features mature Pine, Oak, and Cypress groves, spring fed lakes, bunker protected fairways and greens, and small, challenging putting surfaces.

ChampionsGate Clubhouse
Photo courtesy ChampionsGate Golf Club

2013 Accepted Applicants

2012 Recap

Schedule of Events
For a detailed schedule of events, click here.

Age Divisions
Age divisions offered:

  • Boys 11-13, Boys 14-15 and Boys 16-18
  • Girls 11-13 and Girls 14-18

Age Limit and Eligibility
The Tournament of Champions is open to boys and girls who are between the ages of 11 and 18 through the final round on November 10, 2013. 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.   For detailed information on exemptions and eligibility, click here.

Tournament Format
Competition is 36-hole stroke play with tournament rounds on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10.  Additional practice rounds are available on Thursday and Friday, November 7 and 8. Carts and caddies are prohibited for all tournament rounds.

Application Process
The application deadline has past. To view a list of accepted applicants, click here. Accepted applicants will receive registration information on October 9.

Online registration will be available (for accepted applicants only) after the playing fields are announced on October 9.

Registration Fee
Registration fee: $375 US includes two tournament rounds, range balls prior to play, golfer's lunch on both tournament round days, and an Optimist Golf gift package. Player/family is responsible for making their own hotel arrangements.

A special rate of $119 per night, plus tax, is available at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. To make a reservation, call 1-800-THE-OMNI and mention "Optimist Tournament of Champions."  Reservation cutoff date is October 23, 2013. Reservations made after this date will be accepted on a space available basis only. Prices listed are for single or double occupancy only. An additional $30 per person per night will apply for additional guests. Guests 17 and under do not count towards triple and quad occupancy rate increase.

Attention Golfers Traveling Alone

If you will be traveling to the Tournament of Champions by yourself and would like to share a room with another golfer, please e-mail golf@optimist.org the following information: name, age division, arrival date and departure date.  We will attempt to put you in touch with another golfer in the same age division so that you can discuss the possibility of sharing a room.  This is done as a courtesy only to golfers who are traveling by themselves.  There is no guarantee that we will be able to find you a roommate.

Golfers who cancel on or before October 16 will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee. Golfers canceling from October 17 to October 23 will receive a refund less a cancellation fee of $100. Golfers canceling after October 23 will not receive a refund. Refund requests must be made in writing; verbal requests will not be honored.

Courses and Yardages
Approximate course yardages are:

The International Golf Course at ChampionsGate
• Boys 16-18: 6,786 yards
• Boys 14-15: 6,212 yards

The National Golf Course at ChampionsGate
• Boys 11-13: 5,917 yards
• Girls 11-13: 5,335 yards
• Girls 14-18: 5,917 yards

To view detailed course scorecards, click here.

Practice Rounds, Driving Range and Putting Greens
Optional practice rounds are available on Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8. Call ChampionsGate Golf Club at (407) 787-4653 for prices and availability. For more information on practice rounds, click here.  Registration also includes range balls prior to play and unlimited access to practice greens for the dates of November 9 and 10.


Top finishers of the Tournament of Champions will be exempt from having to qualify for the summer 2014 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida as follows: Boys 11-13 (Top 5) Boys 14-15 (Top 5) Boys 16-18 (Top 10); Girls 11-13 (Top 5), 14-18 (Top 5) plus ties.

For the 2013 Tournament of Champions, the following AJGA exemptions will be awarded:
Boys 16-18 - Champion (12 stars), Top 5 (8 stars), Top 10 (4 stars);
Girls 14-18 - Champion (8 stars), Top 3 (4 stars)
Boys 14-15 - Top 5 (2 stars).

For more information, go to www.ajga.org.

The Tournament of Champions is nationally ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek and is included in the AJGA Performance Based Entry process.

Rules and Regulations
The Tournament of Champions will be played in accordance with all USGA and local course rules. A local rules sheet will be given to all players at 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 rounds.  Participants must provide their own equipment. 

Electric carts are prohibited for spectators during tournament rounds. No exceptions.  Spectators who need on-course transportation may utilize an electric mobility scooter.  Scooters are available from several local rental vendors.  The rental fee for a scooter is the responsibility of the individual.  Please contact the Optimist Junior Golf office for a list of local vendors.

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 2:30 p.m. However, tournament play will extend to 4:00 p.m. on November 10 if necessary. 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.

Spectator Rules
Spectator rules will be in effect for all non-participants. Carts are not available for spectators for all tournament rounds. The following rules will be in effect during all tournament rounds. Parental involvement contrary to these rules may result in player penalty or disqualification.

  • Remain a minimum of 50 feet from all golfers while following play.
  • Advice may not be given to any player. Violation of this rule may result in stroke penalties or disqualification of the player.
  • Do not walk in the fairways.
  • Help spot golf balls.
  • Allow rules officials to administer rulings. You will be brought into a situation only when asked by a rules official.
  • When on the course, turn off cell phones or turn ringers to the silent or vibrate mode.

Junior Orange Bowl
Optimist Junior Golf is pleased to announce that the winners of the Boys 16-18 and Girls 14-18 divisions of the 2013 Optimist International Tournament of Champions will earn an invitation to participate in the 2013 Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship. The Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship, one of the most prestigious junior golf events in the world is schedule for December 26-30, at the Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables, Florida.

Financial Assistance
Optimist Districts and Clubs are not required to provide financial assistance to golfers from their area. However, many Districts or Clubs may have funds available to assist golfers. Please contact the Optimist Junior Golf Chairperson from your District for details. For a list of Junior Golf Chairs, please click here.

Travel and Transportation
ChampionsGate Golf Club is located in ChampionsGate, Florida (Orlando area), approximately 29 miles from the Orlando International airport (MCO). SuperShuttle and Associated Transportation provide airport transfers to/from ChampionsGate in addition to transportation to several Orlando theme part destinations.   For information, transfer fares and booking details, click here

Questions or Inquiries

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

Results of Past Optimist International Tournament of Champions

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Past Champions List


The Optimist International Tournament of Champions is nationally ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek and is included in the AJGA Performance Based Entry process.

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