Optimist International Tournament of Champions

Tournament Details
November 18-19, 2023

Mission Inn Resort
10400 FL-48, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 33417






Junior golfers registered for the Tournament of Championships, click here

Tee Times and Results
Optimist Junior Golf, in cooperation with Shotstat, will feature live scoring. See tee times, results and the hole-by-hole scores of players as they compete.
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Slope/rating
White - Boys 14-15 -- 72.8 / 139
Blue - Boys 16-18 - 74.2 / 142
Gold - Girls 14-18 - 73.9 / 132
Gold - Boys 11-13 - 69.2 / 125
Gold - Girls 11-13 - 73.9 / 132


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 19, 2023. 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 El Campeon (Boys 16-18, 14-15) and Las Calinos (Boys 11-13, Girls 11-13 and Girls 14-18) golf courses.

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 17
All day - Optional practice rounds
10-4 p.m. - Tournament registration -- Vista

Saturday, November 18
6:30-9:30 a.m. - Tournament registration -- Vista
8:45 a.m. - Tournament Round 1
El Campeon and Las Colinas
12-3 p.m. - Player's Lunch -- (Box lunch)
Sunday, November 19
:45 a.m. - Tournament Round 2
El Campeon and Las Colinas
12-3 p.m. - Player's Lunch -- (Box lunch)
Following Play - Awards ceremony


Registration Fee
Registration fee: $425 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 $165.00 per night plus tax (plus $25.00 resort fee) is available at Mission Inn Resort. To make a reservations 800-874-9053 and mention the Optimist Tournament of Champions. Reservation cutoff date is October 11, 2023. 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


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 $75 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.

** All players must meet the scoring criteria for this event in order to qualify for the Championships:

Target Scores
Boys 11-13: 192
Boys 14-15: 166
Boys 16-18: 156

Girls 11-13: 192
Girls 14-18: 170

Practice Rounds
Optional practice rounds are available for $85.00 plus tax (includes shared golf cart). Price are valid one week prior to the event. Call Mission Inn at (352-324-3885) mention Optimist Tournament of Champions for availability. Boys 14-15 and 16-18 - El Campeon Course; Boys 11-13, Girls 11-13 and Girls 14-18 -- Las Colinas Course.

Exemptions into 2024 Optimist International Junior Golf Championship

Top finishers of the Tournament of Champions will be exempt from having to qualify for the summer 2024 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
Local Rules and Terms of Competition
Pace of Play Overview and Policy Statement
Emergency Weather Plans
El Campeon
Los Colinas

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 basis 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 5:30 p.m if possible. Please plan your departures accordingly and allow for ample time for airport transfers. If the final round cannot be completed due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances and it is determined that all players in an age division cannot complete 18 holes 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. Awards will commence after each division has been completed.


Results of Past Optimist International Tournament of Champions
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Past Champions List


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Rankings


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 16-18
Champion 8 Performance Stars, Top 5 - 4 Performance Star, Top 10 - 1 Performance Star
Boys 14-15
Champion 2 Performance Stars, Top 5 - 1 Performance Star
Girls 14-18
Champion - 8 Performance Stars, Top 3 - 4 Performance Stars, Top 5 - 1 Performance Star


Course and Yardages


Approximate course yardages are:

BOYS 16-18
Blue tees - 6854 yards (El Campeon course)

BOYS 14-15
White tees - 6479 yards (El Campeon course)

BOYS 11-13
Gold tees - 5828 yards (Las Calinos course)

GIRLS 11-13
Red tees - 5076 yards (Las Calinos course)

GIRLS 14-18
Gold tees - 5828 yards (Las Calinos course)



Questions


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Direct: 314.881-1307
Toll free: 800.500.8130 ext. 207