Cayman golfer to compete in international tournament

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Johnny Widmer of Grand Cayman will compete in the second annual Optimist International Tournament of Champions Nov. 17 through 19 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Widmer will compete in the boys 16-18 age division.

Widmer will join 101 other top junior golfers on the Champion course at PGA National. Widmer has found success in the past at PGA National, finishing tied for second in the boys 16-18 division of the 2006 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in July. Widmer won the boys 14-15 division in 2005 and won the boys 12-13 division in 2003.

This year’s Tournament of Champions is a 36-hole, stroke-play invitational that will showcase some of the most talented young players in the world. Golfers from 25 states in the United States, three Canadian provinces and eight other nations will compete in the second annual tournament, which will be ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek and is included in the AJGA Performance Based Entry process.

Fifty-one boys will compete in the boys 16-18 division; 30 boys will compete in the boys 14-15 division; and 21 girls will compete in the girls 14-18 division. All players will have the opportunity to play like the pros, competing on the Champion course, which will be home to the Honda Classic in March 2007. Practice rounds for the Tournament of Champions will take place Nov. 17; the tournament will begin Nov. 18; and the final round will take place Nov. 19.

Players were invited to apply for a spot in the tournament based on their performance in Optimist-sponsored tournaments and other leading tournaments on the junior golf circuit. The Optimist Junior Golf Program has made a name for itself over the past decade with the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships played each July at PGA National. More than 650 players ages 10 to 18 compete in the event each year. Top players from the summer event and its qualifying tournaments, top players from the inaugural Tournament of Champions in 2005 as well as leading players from other selected tournaments were extended invitations to apply for the Tournament of Champions. The top applicants were then accepted to compete.

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