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      THE OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS ถือเป็นถนนปั้นดาวแห่งวงการกอล์ฟให้จรัสแสง และสะท้อนความเก่งกาจในเกมกอล์ฟ นักกอล์ฟที่เคยผ่านสังเวียนการแข่งขันของ THE OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS นั้นถือว่าไม่ธรรมดา เวทีแห่งนี้การันตีได้ว่า คุณคือนักกีฬากอล์ฟที่มีศักยภาพทั้งทางร่างกาย และจิตใจ

ไทเกอร์ วูดส์ คือหนึ่งบทพิสูจน์... พญาเสือ ณ เวลานี้ ในอดีตเขาคือ เสือน้อย ผู้ฝากผลงานอันโดดเด่นกับการคว้าแชมป์ THE OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS ถึง 6 สมัยซ้อน เมื่ออายุ 8, 9, 12,13, 14 และ 15 ปี 

THE OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS ถือกำเนิดขึ้นในปี 1978 เป็นการแข่งขันกอล์ฟระดับเยาวชนที่ยิ่งใหญ่และเป็นที่ยอมรับในระดับสากลรายการหนึ่ง ที่กล่าวเช่นนี้เพราะนักกอล์ฟเยาวชนจากทั่วโลกต่างมารวมตัวกันประชันฝีมือในเกมกอล์ฟ ซึ่งในปีแรกของการจัดการแข่งขัน THE OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS นั้นมีเยาวชนที่เข้าร่วมทั้งหมด 6 ประเทศคือ ปากีสถาน, แคนนาดา, เม็กซิโก, โปรตุเกส, ฟิลิปินส์ และประเทศไทย 
ในปี 1995 THE OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS แพร่ขยายไปในวงกว้าง อีกทั้งยังเป็นที่รู้จัก ได้รับการยอมรับในมาตรฐานการจัดการแข่งขันกอล์ฟในระดับเยาวชน และเรียกกันแบบสั้นๆ ว่า OPTIMIST และสนามที่ใช้เป็นสังเวียนการแข่งขันตั้งแต่ปี 1995 เป็นต้นมาคือ PGA National Resort & Spa รัฐฟลอริดา สหรัฐอเมริกา 

THE OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS เปรียบเสมือนเวทีประลองฝีมือกอล์ฟในระดับเยาวชนที่ได้รับการยอมรับจากทั่วโลก มีนักกอล์ฟที่มีชื่อเสียงระดับโลกที่ผ่านสังเวียนนี้มาในช่วงวัยเยาว์อย่างมากมาย อาทิ ไทเกอร์ วูดส์, เออร์นี่ เอลส์, ฟิล มิคเคลสัน, เดวิส เลิฟ เดอะ เธิร์ด, แนนซี่ โลเปซ, มิเชล แม็คแคลน ฯลฯ 

THE OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS นอกจากเป็นสังเวียนนี้ทีปั้นดินให้เป็นดาวแล้ว ยังสอนให้เยาวชนในหลายๆ ชาติ หลากภาษาได้เรียนรู้วัฒนธรรมซึ่งกันและกัน แลกเปลี่ยนประสบการณ์ อีกทั้งยังมุ่งเน้นให้กีฬากอล์ฟ เป็นกีฬาเชื่อมสัมพันธไมตรีภายใต้การแข่งขันที่ยุติธรรม และมีวัฒนธรรมแห่งเกมกอล์ฟ...
ปัจจุบัน การแข่งขัน THE OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS ดำเนินมาถึงปีที่ 12 เป็นการแข่งขันกอล์ฟในระดับเยาวชนที่ใหญ่ที่สุดในโลก นักกอล์ฟเยาวชนที่อายุ 10  18 ปี กว่า 5,000 คน ทั่วโลกต่างเข้าร่วมคัดเลือกเพื่อเป็นหนึ่งในตัวแทนของแต่ละประเทศเข้าร่วมการแข่งขันในทุกๆ ปีที่สหรัฐอเมริกา ซึ่งในแต่ละปี นักกอล์ฟเยาวชนจากทั่วโลกที่ผ่านการคัดเลือก 650 คนจาก 30 ประเทศ, 45 รัฐ และ 6 มลรัฐของประเทศแคนาดา ต่างเข้าร่วมการแข่งขัน โดยมีมิตรภาพเป็นตัวเชื่อมโยงภาษา วัฒนธรรมที่แตกต่าง หลากหลายให้เป็นภาษาเดียวกันคือ ภาษากอล์ฟ นั่นเอง

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About the Optimist International Junior Golf ChampionshipsCommonly referred to as THE OPTIMIST, the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships is one of the largest and best-known junior golf tournaments in the world. Each year, more than 650golfers participate in THE OPTIMIST. Former champions of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships include Beth Bauer, Jonathan Byrd, Bubba Dickerson, Brittany Lincicome, Jeff Overton, Stacy Prammanasudh and Jennifer Rosales. And, several other well-known professional golfers have participated in Optimist-sponsored championships such as Amy Alcott, John Daly, Ernie Els, Justin Leo nard, Davis Love III, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Nancy Lopez, Lorena Ochoa, Nick Price, David Toms and Tiger Woods.

Divisions and Age Limits Boys & Girls 10-11: ages 10 & 11 as of July 28, 2008 Boys & Girls 12-13: ages 12 & 13 as of July 28, 2008 Boys & Girls 14-15: ages 14 & 15 as of July 28, 2008 Boys & Girls 16-18: ages 16, 17 & 18 as of August 3, 2008

**Golfers are permitted to play up one age division, but they must qualify in the higher division. Requests to play up 2 or 3 divisions require a special request. A golfer who intends to play up at the international championships must play up at all levels of qualifying. At large applicants and exempt golfers are permitted to apply to a higher division and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Player Eligibility and Age Verification To be eligible, golfers may not be enrolled in college. Golfers who qualify and register for the championships will be required to submit a copy of their birth certificate, baptismal record or passport.

Tournament Format

Ages 10-11, 12-13 & 14-15: Competition is a 54-hole stroke play tour nament with rounds on July 26, 27 and 28. One official practice round on July 25 is included in the registration fee.

Ages 16-18: Competition is a 72-hole stroke play tournament. Pre liminary rounds are on July 31, August 1 and 2. The top 50 boys and top 35 girls advance to the final round on August 3. Golfers who miss the cut may play in the Sunday consolation tournament. One official practice round on July 30 is included in the registration fee.

Courses and YardagesGolfers will play on the courses at PGA National as follows. Yardages are approximate and course assignments are subject to change.

Boys 10-11Haig course (5,645 yards) Boys 12-13General course (6,000 yards) Boys 14-15Champion course (6,500 yards) Boys 16-18*...Champion & General courses (6,800 yards)

Girls 10-11.Squire course (4,975 yards) Girls 12-13.Squire course (5,100 yards) Girls 14-15.Haig course (5,500 yards) Girls 16-18.Haig course (6,000 yards)

*Boys 16-18 will play 2 rounds on the Champion and 1 round on the General. Final round will be on the Champion.

RankingsThe Optimist International Junior Golf Championships is included in the Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek junior rankings (16-18 divisions only for Golfweek rankings).

 

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A detailed schedule including meals, special events and other functions will be available in May 2008

THURSDAY, JULY 24... Arrivals, hotel check-in and tournament registration for ages 10-11, 12-13,14-15

FRIDAY, JULY 25...Official practice rounds Opening Ceremony & Orientation

SATURDAY, JULY 26.Tournament Play - Round 1

SUNDAY, JULY 27.Tournament Play - Round 2

MONDAY, JULY 28.Tournament Play - Round 3Awards Ceremony

TUESDAY, JULY 29...Departures for 10-11, 12-13, 14-15Arrivals, hotel check-in and tournament registration for 16-18

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30.Official practice rounds Opening Ceremony & Orientation

THURSDAY, JULY 31.Tournament Play - Round 1

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1...Tournament Play - Round 2

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2.Tournament Play -Round 3

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3.Final round (top 50 boys & top 35 girls)Sunday consolation tournament Awards CeremonyDepartures for 16-18 divisions

Exemptions AwardedTop finishers of the 2008 OPTIMIST will be exempt from having toqualify for the 2009 championships as follows: Boys & Girls 16-18 (top 10); Boys & Girls 14-15 (top 8); Boys & Girls 12-13 (top 6); Boys & Girls 10-11 (top 4).

The 2008 OPTIMIST is also included in the AJGAs Performance Based Entry system. For 2008, the following AJGA exemptions will be awarded: Boys 16-18 - Champion (fully exempt), Top 5 (3 ex emptions), Top 10 (2 exemption), Top 15 (1 exemption); Girls 16 18 - Champion (fully exempt), Top 3 (3 exemptions), Top 5 (2 ex emptions), Top 10 (1 exemption); Boys & Girls 14-15 - Top 10 (AJGA Junior All-Star exempt); Boys & Girls12-13 -Top 5 (AJGAJunior All-Star exempt). For more information, go to www.ajga.org.

And, the champions of the Boys & Girls 16-18 divisions will be con sidered for the 2008 Jr. Orange Bowl International Championship.

Rules and RegulationsThe championships will be played in accordance with all USGA and local course rules. Local rules will be covered at player orientation. All participants are responsible for following the Optimist Golf Code of Conduct, which is available at www.optimist.org/golf and will be sent to all accepted golfers. A spectator code of conduct will also be in effect for all non-participants.

 

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 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships - 2008 Fact Sheet

Carts, Pull Carts and Caddies Electric carts and caddies are prohibited in all divisions. Pull carts are prohibited in the 12-13, 14-15 and 16-18 divisions. Pull carts are per mitted only in the 10-11 division, however golfers who choose to use a pull cart at the championships must use a pull cart provided by Opti mist International. A rental fee will apply. Golfers may not use their own pull carts. Spectator carts are not available. No exceptions.

How to QualifyIn order to play in the Optimist International Junior Golf Champion ships, golfers must meet one of the following qualifying methods:

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District Qualifying Tournaments: Optimist Districts in the US and Canada conduct official qualifying tournaments. These qualifying tour naments are organized by Optimist volunteers and Clubs in the Dis trict and are overseen by a District Chairperson. A limited number of golfers in each division offered qualify for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. To view a list of qualifying tournaments and more details, go to www.optimist.org/golf. Contact the District Chairperson listed for qualifying tournament details, application infor mation and questions.
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Exemptions: Optimist International offers several exemptions into the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. For a complete list of exemptions, please visit www.optimist.org/golf.
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US/Canada At Large Application: Golfers in the boys & girls 10-11 and 12-13 division only who live in an Optimist District that does not offer a qualifying tournament or does not offer their division may sub mit an application directly to Optimist International. All golfers who live in an Optimist District MUST play in his/her District's qualifier if his/her age division is offered and will not be permitted to submit an At Large application. This method is not an option for golfers in the boys & girls 14-15 and 16-18 divisions. For more information and to download an application, go to www.optimist.org/golf.
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International Golfers: There are international qualifiers in several different nations. Golfers who live and attend school in these nations must play in their nations qualifier. Golfers who reside and attend school outside of the US/Canada and who live in nations that do not offer official international qualifying tournaments may apply directly to Optimist International. For a list of international qualifiers and to download an application, go to www.optimist.org/golf.

Financial Assistance Each participating District will sponsor the first place boy and girl win ner in the 16-18 age division from their own District to the champion ships. Sponsorship includes payment of the all-inclusive registration fee. If funds allow, Districts may pay for travel, lunches and incidental costs and may sponsor winners of other divisions. If a junior golfer qualifies outside of his/her home District, we cannot guarantee the golfer's registration fees will be paid should they win the event. Re strictions apply. Check with you District Chairperson for details.

Championship AwardsFor the international championships, trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each division. In case of ties, there will be a sudden-death playoff for 1st place only. 2nd and 3rd place ties will be determined by a scorecard playoff. Trophies will also be awarded for the lowest score on the last day of play. Special prizes will also be awarded for the Sunday tournament for ages 16-18.

Accommodations and Registration PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA is thehost golf and hotel facility of the championships. All tournament and hotel registrations are handled by Optimist International. Please DO NOT call PGA National directly to book reservations.

Registration fees are all-inclusive. All fees include the tournament entry fee for the golfer, 5 nights lodging for the golfer and all guests, 5 breakfasts and 4 dinners for the golfer and guests, and access toall Optimist functions and special events for the golfer and all guests. Due to the exclusive nature of the event, golfers are required to stay at PGA National and pay the inclusive registration fee. Guests are not required to stay at PGA National, but are encouraged to do so.Optimist staff & volunteers and paid security will be on site for the duration of the event to serve as chaperones. A parent or guardian must accompany players in the 10-11 division.

Golfer Only - $640 US (housed with roommate(s) at PGA National)

 

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Family One-Room Options Family Two-Room Options

Housed in 2 appropriately sized Housed in appropriately sized rooms in main resort or one club-cottage*room in main resort*

Golfer & 3 Guests - $2,000 US Golfer & 1 Guest - $1,090 US Golfer & 4 Guests - $2,230 US Golfer & 2 Guests - $1,320 US Golfer & 5 Guests - $2,460 US

Golfer & 6 Guests - $2,690 US Golfer & 3 Guests - $1,550 US Golfer & 7 Guests - $2,920 US

*Each family is limited to a maximum of two hotel rooms or one club cottage. Opti mist Junior Golf reserves the right to house players and their guests at an offsite property should a need arise. Rollaway beds are utilized as necessary. All District winners receive a $50 discount from the listed prices.

Early Arrival and Late DepartureRooms may be available for early arrival and late departure. Cost is $99 (standard room) or $198 (club cottage) per night. Contact Opti mist International for details and reservations. Availability is limited.

Meals All registered golfers and guests will receive a meal badge valid for 5 breakfasts and 4 dinners. These meals will be served daily, buffet-style in the Grand Ballroom at PGA National. Lunch is NOT included in the registration fee. Participants and guests may purchase lunch vouchers during the registration process or may pay cash for lunch. There are also several restaurants located on site at PGA National.

Commuters Due to the inclusive nature of the event, Optimist Junior Golf offers commuter status only to players who reside and attend school in the Florida counties of Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin and Broward. The registration fee is $285 US (includes practice round, tournament rounds and access to all Optimist functions and special events).

Optimist International Tournament of Champions All winners and runners-up of the 14-15 and 16-18 divisions of offi cial qualifying tournaments will be invited to apply for the annual Op timist International Tournament of Champions (November 2008 atPGA National). Top finishers of the 2008 Optimist International Jun ior Golf Championships will also be eligible to apply.

Questions or InquiriesAll questions should be directed to the Optimist Junior Golf office. Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (314) 371-6000 or toll free

(800) 500-8130. Or, visit www.optimist.org/golf for details.

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