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Optimist International Tournament of Champions

Tournament Details
November 5-6, 2016

PGA National Resort & Spa
400 Avenue of the Champions
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418



Application Process
Apply now for the 2016 Tournament of Champions click here

Junior golfers registered for the Tournament of Championships, click here.

Age divisions offered:

  • Boys 11-13, Boys 14-15 and Boys 16-18
  • Girls 11-13 and Girls 14-18
Open to boys and girls who are between the ages of 11 and 18 through the final round on November 6, 2016. To be eligible, golfers may not be enrolled in college. Golfers who are younger than 11 may apply to "play up" and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility
For detailed information on exemptions and eligibility, click here.

Tournament Format
Competition is 36-hole stroke play with tournament rounds on Saturday and Sunday; Optional practice rounds are available on Friday. Carts and caddies are prohibited for all tournament rounds.

The tournament will be played on the Champion and Fazio golf courses.

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 4
All day - Optional practice rounds
2-6 p.m. - Tournament registration -- Masters Ballroom

Saturday, November 5
6:30-9:30 a.m. - Tournament registration -- Masters Ballroom
7:30-9:45 a.m. - Tournament Round 1 -- Champion and Fazio Golf Courses
12-3 p.m. - Player's Lunch -- Bar 91

Sunday, November 6
7:30-9:45 a.m. - Tournament Round 2 -- Champion and Fazio Golf Courses
12-3 p.m. - Player's Lunch -- Bar 91
Following Play - Awards ceremony
After 4:00 p.m. - Departure

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.

Accommodations
A special rate of $139 per night ($25.00 resort fee included), plus tax is available at PGA National Resort & Spa. To make a reservation, call 1-888-758-0945 and mention; Optimist Tournament of Champions or click here to make reservations online. Reservation cutoff date is October 17, 2016. Reservations made after this date will be accepted on a space available basis only. A guarantee will be required at time of reservation for one night room and tax by credit card or check.

Attention Golfers Traveling Alone

If you will be traveling 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.

Cancellations
Refund Policy: Please review the following refund policy before withdrawing from an Optimist Junior Golf event:
Tournaments: Players that have registered for a tournament may withdraw between the date of their registration and three weeks prior to the event's first tee time and receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee.
After three weeks prior to the first tee time, players will be charged $100 of the original entry fee.
10 days or less of the first tee time, no refund will be issued.


Courses and Yardages
Approximate course yardages are:

The Champion Golf Course
• Boys 16-18: 6,700 yards
• Boys 14-15: 6,400 yards

The Fazio Golf Course
• Boys 11-13: 5,900 yards
• Girls 11-13: 5,400 yards
• Girls 14-18: 5,900 yards

Practice Rounds
Optional practice rounds for the Tournament of Champions are available on Friday for $65.00 plus tax (includes cart). Call PGA National at (561) 627-1804 Option #3 for availability.

Exemptions into 2017 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships

Top finishers of the Tournament of Champions will be exempt from having to qualify for the summer 2017 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida as follows: Boys 11-13 (Top 5) Boys 14-15 (Top 10) Boys 16-18 (Top 15); Girls 11-13 (Top 5), 14-18 (Top 10) plus ties.

Rules and Regulations
The Tournament will be played in accordance with USGA and local course rules. A local rules sheet will be given to all players at registration.

Code of Conduct
Hard Card
Scoring Policy
Pace of Play and Tips

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. 

Spectator carts are available on a limited availability basis. You can rent them first come, first served through the PGA National Golf Shop on the days of play.

Distance measuring devices are allowed. Players may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. Refer to Rule 14-3.

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 6 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 inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances 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 course front or back 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.

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
PGA National Resort and Spa is located at 400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33418, just west of the Florida Turnpike and south of PGA Boulevard. Approximately 16 miles from Palm Beach International Airport and 63 miles from Ft. Lauderdale Airport.

Results of Past Optimist International Tournament of Champions
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Past Champions List


Photo courtesy of PGA National Resort & Spa



Rankings


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


AJGA Performance Based Entry Chart
Boys 16-18
Champion (Fully Exempt), Top 5 (12 stars), Top 10 (8 stars), Top 15 (4 stars)

Boys 14-15
Top 5 (2 stars)

Girls 14-18
Champion (Fully Exempt), Top 3 (12 stars), Top 5 (8 stars), Top 10 (4 stars)

Girls 11-13
Champion (2 stars)

Course and Yardages


Approximate course yardages are:

BOYS 16-18
6,700 yards (Champion course)

BOYS 14-15
6,400 yards (Champion course)

BOYS 11-13
5,900 yards (Fazio course)

GIRLS 11-13
5,400 yards (Fazio course)

GIRLS 14-18
5,900 yards (Fazion course)



Questions


golf@optimist.org
Direct: 314.881-1307
Toll free: 800.500.8130 ext. 207