Optimist International Tournament of Champions

Tournament Details
November 13-14, 2020

PGA National Resort and Spa
400 Ave of the Champions
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

Following is a list of accepted golfers, click here. Online registration will be available (for accepted applicants only) after the playing fields are announced.

Tee Times and Results
Optimist Junior Golf, in cooperation with Shotstat, will feature live scoring at the Tournament of Champions. See tee times, results and the hole-by-hole scores of players as they compete. To view, 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 15 2020. 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.

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 International (Boys 16-18, 14-15) and National (Boys 11-13, Girls 11-13 and Girls 14-18) golf courses.

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 13
All day - Optional practice rounds
2-6 p.m. - Tournament registration -- Clubhouse

Saturday, November 14
6:30-9:30 a.m. - Tournament registration -- Clubhouse
7:30-9:45 a.m. - Tournament Round 1
Champion (tee times 8:00 am) and
Fazio (Tee times 8:00 am)
12-3 p.m. - Player's Lunch -- Bar 91
Sunday, November 15
7:30-9:45 a.m. - Tournament Round 2
Champion (tee times 7:30 am) and
Fazio (Tee times 7:30 am)
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.

A special rate of $149 per night plus tax is available at PGA National Resort and Spa. To make a reservation, call 1-844-821-0028 and mention; Optimist Tournament of Champions or click here to make reservations online. Reservation cutoff date is October 14, 2020. 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. Reservations on a first-come first served basis

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.

Practice Rounds
Optional practice rounds for the Tournament of Champions are available on Friday for $65.00 plus tax. Call PGA National at (561) 627-2000 mention Optimist Tournament of Champions for availability.

Exemptions into 2021 Optimist International Junior Golf Championship

Top finishers of the Tournament of Champions will be exempt from having to qualify for the summer 2021 Optimist International Junior Golf Championship held at Trump National Doral Resort (Miami) as follows: Boys 11-13 (Top 5) Boys 14-15 (Top 5) Boys 16-18 (Top 8); Girls 11-13 (Top 5), 14-18 (Top 5) 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.

Host Site Information
2019 Local Rules and Terms of Competition
15 Rules Every Golfer Should Know
Scoring Policy
Pace of Play Overview and Policy Statement

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 ChampionsGate Golf Shop on the days of play.

Distance measuring devices are allowed. In this competition a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. elevation changes, wind speed, etc.) the player is in breach of Rule 4.3(1).

Completion of Play

Provided there are no weather or other delays, the final round is scheduled to conclude by 3:00 p.m. However, tournament play will extend to 4:00 p.m. on November 15 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 round completed by the entire field in an age division.

Airport Shuttle Service
For direct shuttle service from Palm Beach International to PGA National utilize Gardens Transportation. Advance reservations must be made no later than 24 hours prior to arrival. Both arrival and departure flight information must be provided. To make your reservations contact Gardens Transportation, Phone: (954) 523-5583, Fax: (954) 719-8231 or email info@yellowbrickroads.com.

Results of Past Optimist International Tournament of Champions
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Past Champions List


The Tournament of Champions is nationally ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek.
The event’s AJGA PBE status is currently pending and based on size of field. The tournament garnered the following status from the AJGA:
Boys 14-15
Champion (2 stars); Rank 2-5 (1 star)
Girls 14-18
Champion (12 stars), Rank 2-3 (8 stars), Rank 4-5 (4 stars), Rank 6-10 (1 star)

Course and Yardages

Approximate course yardages are:

BOYS 16-18
Blue tees - TBD yards (Champion course)

BOYS 14-15
White tees - TBD yards (Champion course)

BOYS 11-13
White tees - TBD yards (Fazio course)

GIRLS 11-13
Red tees - TBD yards (Fazio course)

GIRLS 14-18
White tees - TBD yards (Fazio course)


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