How to Qualify for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships
There are several ways to qualify for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. Please read below for details.
HOW TO QUALIFY
In order to play in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships, golfers must meet one of the following qualifying methods.
Qualifying Criteria & Policies
Questions or comments about a District qualifier should be directed to the District Chairperson
District Qualifying Tournaments
Optimist Districts in the US and Canada organize tournaments that serve as qualifying events for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. Many Districts offer all boys and girls age divisions while some Districts will choose to only offer certain divisions based on demand and golf course availability. Golfers who live in an Optimist District can play in any District qualifier in order to attempt to advance for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships unless they qualify for an exemption (see below). If a golfer cannot play in his/her District tournament due to a conflict, he/she may travel to another District to attempt to qualify. A limited number of golfers in each age division will advance to the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships through all District qualifiers.
If a golfer (in the Boys 10-11 & 12-13 and Girls 10-12 & 13-14 divisions only) lives in an Optimist District that does not offer a qualifier (or does not offer their age division), they may be eligible to submit an At Large application.
Optimist Junior Golf offers a limited number of exemptions into the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. Golfers who have earned an exemption are not required to play in a District tournament to attempt to qualify (but may do so if they choose). For a list of exemptions, click here.
There are several international organizations that send designated golfers to the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. Golfers who live in these nations must contact the organization in their home nation for details. For a list of the international organizations that have been approved to send official designees to the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships, click here.