Optimist Junior Golf
2019 Hugh Cranford All-Scholastic Team
We received an impressive number of applications for the Hugh Cranford All-Scholastic Team. The Hugh Cranford Committee selected the following exceptional student athletes.
Ashley Au (Westerville, Ohio)
Charlie Baker (Wayne, Pennsylvania)
Blake Brantley (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)
Max Farley (Orland Park, Illinois)
Community Service Award
Lindsey Thiele (Wahoo, Nebraska)
This team exemplified an impressive balance of academics, golf and community service and will receive an automatic exemption into the championship, complimentary registration which includes tournament entry, hotel accommodations and meals plus a $1,000 scholarship.
The All-Scholastic Team is named for Hugh Cranford, who served as executive director of Optimist International from 1967 to 1986. He was instrumental in starting the Optimist Junior Golf program, and in 1978 led the efforts to co-sponsor the Optimist Junior World Golf Championship in San Diego, the forerunner to today's Optimist International Junior Golf Championship. Cranford passed away in August 2014.
Optimist Junior Golf District Qualifiers
Junior Golfers are looking to play in qualifiers with dreams of playing in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship in July.
- Golfers must qualify through an Optimist qualifier unless they are eligible through an exemption.
- A junior golfer can play in more than one qualifier.
- At each qualifier, a limited number of golfers in each division will advance provided they shoot the minimum qualifying score. Please check with the District Chair for details.
Optimist Districts and Clubs may provide financial support to the winners. The financial support provided and the age divisions covered varies by District.
We need help from the Districts and Clubs to make it affordable for these Junior Golfers to attend. For more information about Optimist Junior Golf Event and information on District qualifiers, visit
. Volunteers, donations and sponsorship are needed. Contact Optimist Junior Golf at (800) 500-8130 ext. 207 or email