The Optimist Junior Golf Program is an exciting and unique junior golf program for ages 10-18. Boys and girls around the world compete in official Optimist qualifying tournaments. The best of these golfers advance to the annual Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. Commonly referred to as simply "The Optimist".
The Optimist International Junior Golf Championship is one of the largest and most prestigious junior golf events in the world. In addition to top-level tournament golf, participants have the opportunity to compete against other Junior Golfers from all around the globe, make new friends and have a great deal of fun. Each year, more than 660 junior golfers from 30 countries participate in The Optimist.
The Optimist Junior Golf Championship also attracts over 30 College coaches each year and is ranked by JuniorGolf Scoreboard, Golfweek, Amateur World and receives AJGA Performance Based Stars.
PGA National Resort & Spa
, located in Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach County, Florida, is the home of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. Combined with a dedication to junior golf that few golf destinations can match, PGA National is the perfect location for the Optimist. Besides being located next to the international headquarters of the PGA of America, the resort’s championship golf courses have hosted the PGA Championships, the PGA Seniors’ Championships, the Ryder Cup, the Grand Slam of Golf, the World Big Tour Match, the PGA Club Professional Championship and the PGA Junior Championship. The resort is now the home of the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic
. In addition, Palm Beach County
is rated as having more golf courses than any county in the United States.
Former champions of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship include Lexi Thompson, Jason Day, Beth Bauer, Jonathan Byrd, Bubba Dickerson, Brittany Lincicome, Jeff Overton, Stacy Prammanasudh and Jennifer Rosales among others. Several other well-known professional golfers have participated in Optimist-sponsored championships as well, including Amy Alcott, Notah Begay III, Brandie Burton, John Daly, Ernie Els, Justin Leonard, Davis Love III, Billy Mayfair, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Nancy Lopez, Lorena Ochoa, Corey Pavin, Nick Price, Chris Riley, Craig Stadler, Paul Stankowski, David Toms and Tiger Woods.
Optimist International Tournament of Champions
: a junior golf championship event for top finishers of the summer Optimist International Junior Golf Championships, winners of Optimist District qualifiers, golfers who are included in the Top 100 overall Golfweek
and Junior Golf Scoreboard
rankings and other top junior golfers. This junior championship tournament is a 36-hole event for male and female junior golfers ages 11-18. The Tournament of Champions will take place at ChampionsGate Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.
The Tournament of Champions includes junior golfers from all over the world. The tournament is nationally ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek and is included in the AJGA Performance Based Entry process.
Optimist Junior Golf also offers the Optimist Junior Golf Tour Events
: These 36-hole events are for male and female junior golfers ages 11-18. These are additional qualifiers for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships and ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard.
Locations include: Myrtle Beach, SC, Orlando, FL, Ft. Worth, Texas, Denver, Colorado and Kingsville, Ontario Canada.
Optimist Junior Golf Tour Events
The Optimist Junior Golf Program’s mission is to build positive values in young people through participation in Optimist District and international junior golf events.
Optimist Junior Golf will be recognized as one of the largest and most prestigious junior golf programs in the world.
To promote the sport of golf among young people.
To provide an opportunity for junior golfers to participate in Optimist
Club, District and International Tournaments.
To provide educational, recreational and social benefits.
helps develop good character, sportsmanship and culture in today's youth.
To share the philosophies of Optimism with the junior golf community.