Optimist Junior Golf Tour | Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy Open

Optimist Junior Golf partnering with Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy

Tournament Details
March 2-3, 2019
Barefoot Resort
Myrtle Beach, SC

Tee Times and Results
For tee times and results

Registration, driving range and tournament takes place at the Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy located at 2051 Golf Academy Way, North Myrtle Beach, SC, 29582.


For a list of registered golfers, click here.

Age Divisions and Eligibility
Age divisions offered: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13 and Girls 14-18, Girls 11-13. The age division corresponds to the junior golfer's age they will be on the last day of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships (age 11-13 (July 20), age 14-15 (July 25), age 16-18 (July 31)). To be eligible, golfers may not be enrolled in college. All golfers may apply to "play up" and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

** 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
Top finishers will be exempt from having to qualify for the summer 2019 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships at Trump National Doral Resort in Miami, Florida as follows:

Boys 16-18 (Top 2)
Boys 14-15 (Top 2)
Boys 11-13 (Top 2)
Girls 14-18 (Top 2)
Girls 11-13 (Top 3)

Tournament Format
Competition is 36-hole stroke play. Carts and caddies are prohibited for all tournament rounds. Time and weather permitting, a playoff will occur for first place positions only. All other ties will be broken using a scorecard playoff.

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 1
All day -- Optional practice rounds
2-5 pm -- Tournament registration* Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy

Saturday, March 2
6:30 am -- Range Opens
7 am - Coffee (parents, players, staff and volunteers) Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy
7 am- 11 am -- Tournament registration (for players who didn't register Friday).
7:24 am – 8:30 am-- Tournament Round 1 - Norman Course

Sunday, March 3
6:30 am -- Range Opens
7:00 am -- Coffee (parents, players, staff and volunteers)
7:24 am – 8:30 am -- Tournament Round 2
Immediately Following Play -- Awards ceremony

* Complimentary coffee will be provided in the mornings at the Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy

Registration Fee
The registration fee for the tournament is $205.00 US. The registration fee includes two tournament rounds, range balls prior to play and an Optimist Golf gift package. Player or family is responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. Deadline to registration – February 20, 2019 – registration based on space availability –first come-first serve.

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.

For discounted rates and availability visit Barefoot Paradise Vacations and enter promo code OPTIMIST or call 866-737-8802 or North Beach Plantations or call 855-904-4858.

Travel and Transportation
Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy is located in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, approximately 17 miles from the Myrtle Beach International airport (MYR).

Practice Rounds
Optional practice rounds are available on Friday, March 1. Call Barefoot Resort at (843) 390.3200 for available times. Greens fee cost is $65.00 (includes cart). All fees for practice rounds are payable directly to Barefoot Resort.

Driving Range and Putting Green
Registration includes range balls prior to play and unlimited access to practice greens on days of rounds.

Rules and Regulations
The tournament will be played in accordance with all USGA and local course rules. A local rules sheet will be given to all players at tournament registration.

Rules Reminder
Host Site Information
Scoring Policy
Pace of Play and Tips

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. 

Distance measuring devices are allowed. In this competition a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated 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 14-3.

Completion of Play
Provided there are no weather or other delays, the final round is scheduled to conclude by 4:00 p.m. Please plan your departures accordingly and allow for ample time for airport transfers. If the final round cannot be completed by dark due to weather delays or unforeseen circumstances, the tournament will revert back to the last 18 holes completed by the entire field. If inclement weather suspends play on the final day of the tournament and it is determined that all players in an age division cannot complete 18 holes by dark but the entire field in an age division can complete a common 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 stipulated round completed by the entire field in an age division.

Trophies will be awarded to top finishers. In case of ties, there will be a playoff for first place only. Second place tie will be determined by a scorecard playoff.


2016 Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy Open

Photo courtesy of Barefoot Resort

The Norman Course

Seven holes along the Intracoastal Waterway highlight Greg Norman's design at Barefoot Resort framed by the site's original vegetation; each hole enhances the beauty of its natural vistas. Combined with open green complexes and fairways running up to the sand, the Norman course presents a stunning challenge for any golfer. The Norman Course is a Par 72. Designed with Norman's philosophy to bring into play the "bump and run" shots around the greens. This will give the player the option to play a number of different shots.


The Optimist Junior Golf Tour is ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard, South Carolina Golf Association (SCJGA) SCJGA and North Carolina rankings by Tarheel Youth Golf Association if field sizes are met.

Course and Yardages

All divisions will play on the Greg Norman golf course. Approximate course yardages are:

BOYS 11-13
5,793 yards

BOYS 14-15
6,196 yards (White tees)

BOYS 16-18
6,599 yards (Black tees)

GIRLS 11-13
4,830 yards

GIRLS 14-18
5,793 yards (Green tees)


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