Junior golfer Johnny Widmer of Georgetown, Grand Cayman, will compete in this year’s Optimist International Junior Golf Championships July 27 through 30 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Widmer will compete in the boys 16-18 age division. In 2005, Widmer took first place in the boys 14-15 age division of the championship tournament.
Hundreds of golfers ages 10 to 18 will travel from throughout the world to play in the annual tournament, now in its 11th year at PGA National. Golfers ages 10 to 15 will play July 22 through 24 in three age divisions each for boys and girls: 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15. The older golfers, ages 16 to 18, will have their turn July 27 through 30. The tournament will showcase some of the most talented young players in the world, many of whom could be the leading collegiate and professional golfers of tomorrow.
The Optimist truly is an international event, with nearly 700 players representing 43 states, four Canadian provinces and 28 nations. Past champions of Optimist-sponsored tournaments include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Craig Stadler, Amy Alcott, Brandie Burton, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa. Other past participants include Nancy Lopez, Davis Love III and Michelle McGann.
New to this year’s tournament is FootJoy Live!Scoring, brought to the tournament in cooperation with Junior Golf Scoreboard. The live scoring system will record players’ scores as they happen, continuously update the leaderboard and provide tee times for the following round after play concludes each day. The junior golfers’ progress can be tracked online by going to www.juniorgolfresults.com and selecting the tournament’s name or by going to www.optimist.org, looking under ‘Junior Golf’ and selecting ‘Press Room.’ General photos and news updates about activities on and off the golf course will be updated regularly on the Optimist website throughout the tournament.
Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with more than 120,000 adult and youth members in 3,900 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico and throughout the world. Carrying the motto ‘Bringing Out the Best in Kids,’ Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. The Optimist Junior Golf program is one of the organization’s most prominent projects.