This summer the Optimist Clubs in Southern Alberta will be holding three Junior Golf tournaments at the Collicutt Siding Golf Course. Two of the tournaments are for Boys and Girls ages 10-17, and one is a tournament for Boys and Girls ages 6-12. (Ages are based on the contestant’s age on the final day of the competition.)

You can register for each of these by phoning the Collicutt Siding Pro Shop at 403-946-2343

The first tournament is an 18-hole Pre-Qualifying tournament for Boys and Girls ages 10-17. This Tournament provides the opportunity for young golfers to compete in the Optimist Alberta Montana Saskatchewan & Northern Wyoming (AMS&NW) District Junior Golf Championships. without having to pay the Registration Fee for that tournament. Age/Sex Division winners with qualifying scores in this tournament earn free Registration into the 2021 AMS&NW District Junior Golf Championships.

The Pre-Qualifying tournament will be held on June 30, 2021, at the Collicutt Siding Golf Club. The Registration Fee is $50. The Registration deadline is June 25.

The second tournament, the AMS&NW District Junior Golf Championships for the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, is a 36-hole, two-day event, for Boys and Girls ages 10-17. Age/Sex Division winners with qualifying scores from this tournament will not have to pay the Registration Fee to play in the prestigious 2022 OI Junior Golf Championships in Florida (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 700 golfers participate in THE OPTIMIST. Phil Mickelson was a winner of THE OPTIMIST. Tiger Woods was a six-time winner of THE OPTIMIST. Ernie Els also was a winner of THE OPTIMIST. Most recently, Emiliano Grillo (from Argentina) was a two-time winner of THE OPTIMIST. On the girls’ side: Lorena Ochoa was a five-time winner of THE OPTIMIST, and both Brittany Lincicome and Brooke Henderson are recent winners of THE OPTIMIST. 

The District Championships will be held on July 24-25, 2021, at the Collicutt Siding Golf Club. The Registration Fee is $200. The Registration deadline is July 19.

Contestants can play in the District Championships without playing in, or being an Age/Division winner with a qualifying score in the Pre-Qualifying tournament, by contacting the Pro-Shop at the Collicutt Siding Golf Course, Registering for the AMS&NW District Junior Golf Championships and paying the Registration Fee.

The third tournament is our highly-successful 9-hole “Introduction to Tournament Golf” that we have held the past two years for Boys and Girls ages 6-12. This is a great opportunity for kids to play in their first golf tournament. Contestants can have a family member as their caddie. They will walk the course using pull golf carts and play from the forward tees using winter rules.

The top three players in each Age/Sex Division in this tournament will receive appropriate medals. There also will be awards for two in-course competitions: Longest Putt and Closest to the Pin. The “Introduction to Tournament Golf” will be held on August 23, 2021, at the Collicutt Siding Golf Club. The Registration Fee is $25. The Registration deadline is August 20.

Please tell your friends and any young golfers you know about these tournaments.