Indiana South District Junior Golf Program will expand in 2019 to include at
least four Regional Tournaments in addition to the District Championships.
TOURNAMENTS: The purpose of the
Regional Tournaments is to give more junior golfers the opportunity to
participate in a tournament experience without having to travel so far, and at a
registration fee of $25.00. Players who participate in a Regional Tournament and
then decide that they want to participate in the District Championships may
apply the regional registration fee towards the registration fee of the District
Championships. All players who feel they are capable of shooting the minimum
qualifying score for the International Tournament, or simply want to gain
tournament experience in a stronger field of participants are strongly
encouraged to enter the District Championships as well. Regional sites
will be announced early in 2019. Registration and online entry will also be
available once the sites are announced.
CHAMPIONSHIPS: Players who know they want to participate
in the District Championships do not have to enter a Regional Tournament (but,
if they choose do so, they could play at essentially no cost). The Indiana South
District Optimist Junior Golf Championships will be held again this year at Deer
Creek Golf Club in
, on June 14, 2019. The tournament also serves as a qualifier for the Optimist International
Junior Golf Championships. In 2019,
return to Doral Resort & Spa, Miami, Florida. home of the first
Championships in 1995. Doral has four exceptional championship golf courses
including the Blue Monster which has hosted many PGA Tour events. The
Championships will be held
16 - 31, 2019.
international field, and the older age groups are ranked by Golfweek and the Junior Golf Scoreboard.
winners in all age groups will also be invited to apply for entry into the
Tournament of Champions, a 36 hole event to be held in November 2019.
annually draws one of the strongest fields of junior golfers in the State.
Indiana South Optimists work hard to make this tournament a positive and
valuable golfing experience for all participants.
Junior golfers just beginning to experience tournament golf,
more advanced players attempting to qualify for international
competition, and tournament tested champions taking a step toward a college
scholarship all have benefited from their participation in “Optimist Golf”.
We believe that all who participate are winners.
expanded International Tournament format will allow at
District participants to qualify in all age groups. A large
District tournament field will result in even more junior golfers from the
Indiana South District getting the opportunity to experience a truly remarkable
International Junior golf event in the future! Please
help us to fill the field by telling other junior golfers about this junior golf
Entry will be available early in 2019 , or download the
Participants Entry Flyer, complete the entry form, and return it to the
address indicated on the form.
early to guarantee your spot in the tournament field and to assist with
tournament planning. We look forward
to seeing you at Deer Creek Golf Club.
- Entry must be received by
June 7, 2019
- Entries received after
June 7, 2019
will fill open spots in threesomes (if available), or be placed on an alternates
- No telephone entries will be accepted.
- Incomplete entries will be returned.
- Entries will be confirmed by by e-mail and online.
Entrants age will be his / her
age on final day of the International tournament.
16-18 & Girls 15-18…Age as of July 31, 2019.
- Boys 14-15 & Girls 13-14…Age as of July 26
- Boys 10-13 & Girls 10-12…Age as of July 21,
(Entrants must not have started
Junior Golfers may enter any District
Qualifying tournament. If you have a conflict, or simply prefer to attempt to
qualify in a
different District qualifier, you may do so.
Note that Districts are not required to provide free entry or travel
to District qualifying
tournament winners who do not reside in that District.
Check the Optimist
International Junior Golf website for more information on
International Qualifying Requirements
Girls 13-14 *
Girls 10-12 *
Boys 14-15 *
Boys 12-13 *
Boys 10-11 *
Top 2 finishers (max 84 strokes).
Top 2 finishers (max 92 strokes).
Top 2 finishers (max 96 strokes).
Top 2 finishers (max 77 strokes).
Top 2 finishers (max 82 strokes).
Top 2 finishers (max 89 strokes).
Top 2 finishers (max 96 strokes).
* Participants may
choose to “play up” one division.
If an “Out of District”
participant qualifies within any age group, the next eligible “In District” participant will also
- 18 Holes for Boys and Girls in ALL
- (ALL age groups may
only play 9 holes if necessary due to weather delays.)
- Circle 10 rule will apply for speed of play.
Players who wish to play a practice round
(not included in entry fee) may contact Deer Creek Golf Club at (317) 539-2013
to schedule a
tee time. For the best Junior Golf rate, mention that you
are entered in the "Optimist" Tournament.
Fee for Boys 16-18, and Girls 15-18 age groups ……… .........$65.00.
Fee all other age groups ……..........................................…….$50.00.
- Refunds will be given if withdrawal is made 72 hours prior to the event
Many local Optimist Clubs will sponsor local junior golfers from their
community by paying their entry fee. If you live in a community with
Optimist Club, contact the local Club President, or any member of the Club, for
will be confirmed by by e-mail, and will be posted on the Indiana South
District Tournament website.
PULL CARTS AND DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES
- Pull carts are now permitted in all age groups in both Boys and Girls
divisions. Spectator carts will be available for rental.
- Distance measuring devices (Skycaddies, Bushnells, etc.) are permitted
at the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships.
Devices allowed may measure distance only. Devices that measure slope, wind, etc.
are not allowed even if the other functions are
- Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age division.
The overall low Boy in the 16-18 Age
Group and Girl in the 15-18 Age Group (excluding "out of district" participants
- see note below)
will receive free
entry to the International Championships at Doral Resort and Spa.
(Includes room and board, range balls, and entry fees.)
- The overall low Boy in the 10-11,
12-13, and 14-15 Age Groups and Girl in the 10-12 and 13-14 Age Groups
(excluding “out of district” participants - see note below) will receive a
reduction to the International Championships at Doral
Resort and Spa.
Indiana South District Tournament Entrants who do not reside in the
Indiana South District (south of Interstate 74, in
Indianapolis, or in the Carmel
/ Fishers / Lawrence areas) are welcome to participate as an opportunity to
tournament, but are not eligible to receive free or reduced international
tournament entry fees..
The Optimist International Junior
Golf Championships will be held at Doral Resort & Spa, Miami, Florida July 16
an expanded format to allow more participants,.
Boys ages 10-11, Boys 12-13 and
Girls ages 10-12 will compete July 16-21, 2019.
Boys ages 14-15 and Girls ages 13-14 will compete July 21-26, 2019. Boys
ages 16-18 and Girls ages 15-18 will compete July 26 - 31, 2019.
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS:
Tournament qualifiers (age group winners will have priority) from the Indiana
South District will also be given the opportunity to apply for entry into the
Tournament of Champions, a 36
hole weekend event which will also be held in
DEER CREEK GOLF CLUB TOURNAMENT YARDAGES:
A combination of tee settings will be used for this tournament to achieve
the desired yardages for each age group. For the past several years, the District
played at the yardages listed below. We expect that the 2019 tournament
will be set up the same way to approximately the
16-18 Boys will play from the Black tees; 14-15 Boys will play from the
tees; 15-18 Girls and 12-13 Boys will play
from the White tees; and 13-14
Girls, 10-12 Girls, and 9-11 Boys will play from the Gold