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Special Invitees

Optimist Junior Golf will accept a very limited number of special invitees in each age division into the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships through this method. Applicants must meet one of the criteria below to be considered for a special invitation to participation. Submission of an application DOES NOT guarantee acceptance.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in an Optimist District qualifier in case their application is not accepted.

Application Criteria

In order to be considered for a special invitation, applicants must fit into at least one of the following categories. Applications will be considered in priority order as listed numerically below. If Optimist Junior Golf receives an application that does not fit into at least one of the following categories, the application will not be considered. No exceptions.

(1) Junior golfers who are ranked in the top 100 boys or girls overall rankings of the Golfweek junior rankings as of May 31, 2017. This is the top 100 overall rankings, not a ranking by high school graduation year, state or other sub-category.

(2) Junior golfers who are ranked in the top 100 boys or girls overall rankings of the Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings as of May 31, 2017. This is the top 100 overall rankings, not a ranking by high school graduation year, state or other sub-category.

(3) Age division champions of the following junior golf events (most recent tournament happening prior to May 31, 2017).

AJGA Junior All-Star Invitational
Bubba Conlee National Junior
Callaway Junior World Golf Championships
Canadian Optimist Junior National Championships
Donald Ross Junior Championship
Doral Publix Junior Classic
FCWT National Championship
Golfweek Junior Invitational
Junior Orange Bowl International
Pepsi Titan Little People’s Championship
Press Thornton Future Masters
Scott Robertson Memorial
US Kids World Championship
Verizon Junior Heritage
Western Junior Championship
Women's Western Junior Championship

(4) GIRLS ONLY: the overall winners (oldest age division only) of all Golfweek ranked tournaments taking place between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017.

(5) GIRLS ONLY: winners of any 2016 or 2017 AJGA Junior All-Star Series event prior to May 31, 2017.

How to Apply
Golfers who fit into at least one of the categories above must submit an application to Optimist Junior Golf to be considered. Applications will be accepted beginning February 7, 2017, and the deadline to apply is June 1,2017. Applicants will be notified of their status by June 5, 2017. Accepted applicants will receive a special invitation to participate in the 2017 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships and will be required to register for the championships by June 28, 2017. To submit an application, click here.