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The Optimist International Junior Golf Competition begins at the Zone Level.
Junior Golf Tournament in Burlington
It all begins at our Zone Junior Golf Tournament in Burlington. Winners move on to the Central Ontario Junior Golf competition held annually. There are more than 50 qualifying District tournaments like ours involving 5,000 players from ages 10 to 18. Past winners of the International Tournament include Brook Henderson and Tiger Woods. Be sure to watch the video below about the Optimist International Tournament of Champions from the participants' perspective.
On a sunny day, twenty-four young golfers competed in the Annual Optimist Central Ontario District Junior Qualifying Golf Tournament held Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Caledon Country Club, and hosted by the Optimist Club of Brampton.
Zachary Katzenstein, 16, of Thornhill shot 78 and was the 16-18 year old winner. He qualified for an all-expense paid trip to the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in Florida in July.
Sarah Cushing, 17, of Brockville shot 80 to win the 15-18 girls category. Sarah also qualified for an all-expenses paid trip to the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in Florida in July.
In total, the following six golfers qualified to advance to the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships held at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida July 18 – August 2.
Zachary Katzenstein - 16 - District Winner (16 to 18 age group)
Andrew Kraik - 14 - District Winner (14 to 15 age group)
Jordan Breen - 15 - Runner-up (14 to 15 age group)
James Newton - 13 - District Winner (12 to 13 age group)
Carter O’Brien - 11 - District Winner (10 to 11 age group)
Sarah Cushing - 17 - District Winner (15 to 18 Girls age group)
All the above golfers also qualified to play in the Optimist Canadian National Junior Golf Championships to be held in London, Ontario at Fanshawe Golf Club on August 14- 16, 2017. Thank you to our Optimist volunteers who marshalled the tournament – Wilson Bedford, Jim Lynge, Ted Simmonds, Max Rumble and Don Staddon. Next year’s District Qualifier will be tentatively held on Saturday, June 18, 2018 at Caledon Country Club, Inglewood, Ontario. Watch the video below to see how incredible the International Junior Golf Tournament of Champions in August is for participants from around the world.