Indiana South District Tournament
(And Qualifier for International Tournament)


2019 District


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The Indiana South District Junior Golf Program will expand in 2019 to include at least four Regional Tournaments in addition to the District Championships. 

REGIONAL 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.

DISTRICT 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 Clayton , Indiana , on June 14, 2019. The tournament also serves as a qualifier for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships.  In 2019, the International Championships 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 July 16 - 31, 2019. The Championships  feature an international field,  and the older age groups are ranked by Golfweek and the Junior Golf Scoreboard. District 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.

This tournament 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.  

An expanded International Tournament format will allow at least two 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 experience.  This year, Online Entry will be available early in 2019 , or download the 2019 Participants Entry Flyer, complete the entry form, and return it to the address indicated on the form.  Please enter 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 list.
- 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. 
     - Boys 16-18 & Girls 15-18…Age as of July 31, 2019.
     - Boys 14-15 & Girls 13-14…Age as of July 26 2019.
     - Boys 10-13 & Girls 10-12…Age as of July 21, 2019. 
        (Entrants must not have started College.)

NOTE:  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
other District Qualifying tournaments.


International Qualifying Requirements

Girls 15-18
Girls 13-14 *
Girls 10-12 *
Boys 16-18
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 qualify.


- 18 Holes for Boys and Girls in ALL age groups.
- (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 day.


Many local Optimist Clubs will sponsor local junior golfers from their community by paying their entry fee.  If you live in a community with
an Optimist Club, contact the local Club President, or any member of the Club, for more information.  


- Pairings will be confirmed by by e-mail, and will be posted on the Indiana South District Tournament website.


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 $360 entry fee reduction to the International Championships at Doral Resort and Spa.
Note:  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 qualify for the International
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 - 31, 2019 with 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.


International 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 November  2019.


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 Tournament played at the yardages listed below.  We expect that the 2019 tournament will be set up the same way to approximately the
same yardages.  16-18 Boys will play from the Black tees; 14-15 Boys will play from the Cedar 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 tees.

Hole # Par Black Cedar White Par Gold
1 5 558 545 539 5 419
2 4 400 380 361 5 361
3 3 165 160 155 3 136
4 4 333 333 330 4 285
5 4 371 371 362 4 284
6 4 400 390 293 4 293
7 4 412 396 309 4 309
8 3 170 150 103 3 103
9 5 501 480 480 5 406
Front 36 3,310 3,205 2,932 37 2,596
10 4 412 398 305 4 305
11 3 175 160 150 3 117
12 4 419 398 311 4 311
13 5 520 515 515 5 431
14 3 171 160 160 3 112
15 5 540 517 517 5 395
16 3 188 168 168 3 157
17 4 373 359 359 4 294
18 4 410 355 355 4 315
Back 35 3,208 3,030 2,840 35 2,437
Total 71 6,518 6,235 5,772 72 5,033