Optimist International Tournament of Champions

Tournament Details
November 13-14, 2021

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.

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 14 2021. 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 (Boys 16-18, 14-15) and Fazio (Boys 11-13, Girls 11-13 and Girls 14-18) golf courses.

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 12
All day - Optional practice rounds
2-6 p.m. - Tournament registration -- Master's Ballroom

Saturday, November 13
6:30-9:30 a.m. - Tournament registration -- Master's Ballroom
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 14
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.

Accommodations
A special rate of $149 per night plus tax (includes resort fee) is available at PGA National Resort and Spa. To make a reservations go to click here to make reservations online. Reservation cutoff date is October 13, 2021. 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 $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 (includes golf cart). Call PGA National at (561) 627-1804 mention Optimist Tournament of Champions for availability. Boys 14-15 and 16-18 - Champion Course; Boys 11-13, Girls 11-13 and Girls 14-18 -- Fazio Course

Exemptions into 2022 Optimist International Junior Golf Championship

Top finishers of the Tournament of Champions will be exempt from having to qualify for the summer 2022 Optimist International Junior Golf Championship held at 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
2021 Local Rules and Terms of Competition
15 Rules Every Golfer Should Know
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 PGA National Resort and Spa 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.


Results of Past Optimist International Tournament of Champions
202020192018201720162015201420132012201120102009 2008 2007 2006 2005

Past Champions List



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 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
Gold tees - 6800 yards (Champion course)

BOYS 14-15
Blue tees - 6500 yards (Champion course)

BOYS 11-13
White tees - 6000 yards (Fazio course)

GIRLS 11-13
Green tees - 5400 yards (Fazio course)

GIRLS 14-18
White tees - 6000 yards (Fazio course)



Questions


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