Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with 2,500 clubs and 80,000 members in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and around the world. Carrying out the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Kids”, Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. More information about Optimist International is available at http://www.optimist.org/.
The Optimist International Junior Golf Championships (commonly referred to as THE OPTIMIST) is one of Optimist International's major youth programs. Each year, THE OPTIMIST is held at the Trump National Doral Resort and Spa in Miami FL and fields about 700 of the world's best junior golfers from more than 28 countries around the globe. Past age group winners at THE OPTIMIST (and its predecessor, the Optimist Junior World Golf Championships) include Denver's own Mark Hubbard, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Davis Love III, Lorena Ochoa, Beth Bauer, Nancy Lopez, Brittany Lincicome, Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson, and Jason Day, among dozens of prominent PGA and LPGA golfers.
More information about THE OPTIMIST and the Optimist International Junior Golf Program is available at http://www.optimist.org/golf/.
The Colorado-Wyoming District Optimist Junior Golf Program is recognized as the best Junior Golf Program in all of Optimist International and serves over 400 junior golfers each year. The best of these junior golfers will qualify for THE 2020 OPTIMIST.
The 2020 Colorado-Wyoming District Optimist Junior Golf Qualifiers will be held Friday, June 5, at Flatirons Golf Course in Boulder for boys ages 10 - 15; Friday, June 12, also at Flatirons Golf Course in Boulder for boys ages 16 - 18; and Thursday, June 18, at Meadow Hills Golf Course in Aurora for girls ages 10 - 18. A total of about 300 junior golfers will tee off in these three events, competing for 70 spots at THE 2020 OPTIMIST.
An additional 25 - 30 junior golfers will participate in May and June 2020 in pre-qualifying tournaments in Loveland and Fort Morgan, conducted by Optimist Clubs in those areas who will then sponsor their tournament winners into the District qualifying events.
In October 2019, we held the 4th Annual 36-hole Optimist Junior Tour Event at Green Valley Ranch in Northeast Denver. This was a new event for us starting in 2016 and, because of its success, has become an annual event, welcoming golfers from around the country. A total of 90 golfers teed off in the October 2019 event, competing for an additional 23 spots at THE 2020 OPTIMIST.
The Colorado-Wyoming District Optimist Junior Golf Program is totally self-funded. We sent 66 junior golfers to THE 2019 OPTIMIST and raised over $ 40,000 for that purpose.
We were able to give$ 1,000 to each of the seven age group winners and 47 other qualifiers from the 2019 District qualifying events. With six additional slots for THE 2020 OPTIMIST, we will need to raise over $ 45,000 to provide the same amount of financial support for the 2020 age group winners and other District qualifiers.
To boost our fund-raising activities in 2020, we will hold several Optimist Days at the Colorado Rockies and an adult golf scramble and silent auction on June 2 at Saddle Rock Golf Course in Aurora.
We will also solicit title, banner, hole, and participant sponsors for the District qualifying tournaments at Flatirons and Meadow Hills from many Colorado-Wyoming District Optimist Clubs and individual Optimists and friends of Optimist and their businesses.
In addition, we solicit cash and in-kind donations at the annual Denver Golf Expo from local golf courses, golf-related businesses, parents of our junior golfers, and the general public.
This GOFUNDME site is the latest of our "thinking outside the box" methods of fund-raising.
Please continue to help support the Colorado-Wyoming District Optimist Junior Golf Program "Bringing Out the Best in Kids".
More information about the Colorado-Wyoming District Optimist Junior Golf Program is available at https://sites.google.com/site/cowyooptimistgolf/.
If you need further information or have any questions, please let me know.
Colorado-Wyoming District Optimist Junior Golf Program Tri-chairman
- Barry Barker
- Chris Steiner
- Michael Allen
- Charlie & Gunar Neumann
- Don Collins
Organizer and beneficiary
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