2020 Golf Information

UPDATE March 25, 2020 – The International Junior Golf Tournament held at Dural Miami has been canceled for 2020. The local Memphis tournament is still on and will be held June 29th, 2020. 

The 2020 Qualifying Tournament for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship will be held in Memphis June 29th.

Registration deadline is June 23rd!

[REGISTRATION CLOSED]

Tournament Date: June 29, 2020
Location: TPC Southwind (Memphis, TN)
Divisions Offered: Boys 10-11, Boys 12-13, Boys 14-15, Boys 16-18, Girls 10-12, Girls 13-14, Girls 15-18
Entry Fee: $105.00
Contact Person: Don Thompson (901) 326-5168 or (901) 327-2598 or email us at golf@optimisttn.org
Notes: Register early, number of golfers may be limited this year.

Qualifying Information:
A limited number of golfers in each division will advance to the international championships provided they shoot the minimum score. If a golfer who lives outside of the district qualifies, his/her participation will not eliminate a District resident from qualifying. Optimist Districts and Clubs may provide financial support for winners to attend the international championships. The amount of financial support provided, and the age divisions covered varies by District. There is no guarantee that financial support will be provided to golfers who travel outside of their home District. Please check with the District Chair for details.

Age Eligibility Information:
In order to be eligible, a golfer must not turn 19 on or before July 31, 2020. Golfers who are 18 must be enrolled in school or must be a 2020 high school graduate to be eligible. Any golfer who has attended college is no longer considered a “junior golfer” and is not eligible to participate.

The Optimist Junior Golf Program is an exciting and unique junior golf program for ages 10-18. Boys and girls around the world compete in official Optimist qualifying tournaments. The best of these golfers advance to the annual Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. Commonly referred to as simply “The Optimist”. The Optimist International Junior Golf Championship is one of the largest and most prestigious junior golf events in the world. In addition to top-level tournament golf, participants have the opportunity to compete against other Junior Golfers from all around the globe, make new friends and have a great deal of fun.

Each year, more than 660 junior golfers from 30 countries participate in The Optimist. The Optimist Junior Golf Championship also attracts over 30 College coaches each year and is ranked by JuniorGolf Scoreboard, Golfweek, Amateur World and receives AJGA Performance Based Stars.

Unfortunately the International Junior Golf Tournament held at Dural Miami has been canceled for 2020.

Trump National Doral Miami. Miami’s legendary resort and world-class destination is conveniently 8 miles from Miami International Airport. The prestigious resort boasts four championship golf courses among them the legendary Blue Monster. Without a doubt, Blue Monster’s most famous hole is the 18th. It is consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Holes in the World by GOLF Magazine.” Through the years the Trump National Doral Miami has been the location of several PGA Tour events including the Doral Open and WGC Cadillac Championship.

Former champions of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship include Lexi Thompson, Jason Day, Beth Bauer, Jonathan Byrd, Bubba Dickerson, Brittany Lincicome, Jeff Overton, Stacy Prammanasudh and Jennifer Rosales among others. Several other well-known professional golfers have participated in Optimist-sponsored championships as well, including Amy Alcott, Notah Begay III, Brandie Burton, John Daly, Ernie Els, Justin Leonard, Davis Love III, Billy Mayfair, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Nancy Lopez, Lorena Ochoa, Corey Pavin, Nick Price, Chris Riley, Craig Stadler, Paul Stankowski, David Toms and Tiger Woods.