THE 61st ANNUAL DIVOT DERBY championship
July 22-26, 2018
FOR ANY QUESTIONS, please contact Tournament Director Jennifer Hobbs: jhobbs@TheFirstTeeNWFL.org. Or call our office 850-456-7010
Scroll down to begin online registration… Tee times will be posted here by 5pm on Friday, July 20. Registration deadline is 5pm on July 18. Any late entries that can still be accommodated will be charged a $25 late entry fee.
ABOUT THE DIVOT DERBY:
Credit to: Bill Vilona, Pensacola News Journal
Golf has a rich history in Pensacola. The Divot Derby, which launched the career of world golf star Bubba Watson, along with many other professional golfers in this area will take place July 22-26, 2018, and will utilize five area golf courses. The week will begin Sunday, July 22, with a Junior Skills Challenge at Stonebrook Village Golf Club in Pace. More than 100 players will compete in a pitch, putt, drive and rules competition. On Monday through Wednesday, players will compete at area golf courses. On Thursday, July 26, the Divot Derby will present its awards during a banquet at New World Landing. This tournament, which is presented by Bubba Watson Foundation, the Pensacola Sports Foundation, Publix, The Kugelman Family Foundation, and Andrews Institute has so much history behind it. Watson, the Pensacola resident ranked No. 10 in PGA FedEx Cup Standings, has helped with other area pro golfers to ensure the tournament remains the same as when they played and became a multiple age division champion. There is no entry fee for the players and they get to compete for trophies, prizes, and have a dinner in their honor. The tournament has divisions for youth ages 6-18 (age on or before 8/7/2018). Joe Durant, who has three PGA Tour Champions victories, played in the Divot Derby when he was a kid and has been another active supporter of the First Tee of Northwest Florida which organizes and stages this event. Boo Weekley and Heath Slocum, who were teammates on the Milton High team, preceding Watson’s arrival at Milton, were also active in the Divot Derby and have risen into becoming multiple winners on the PGA Tour. The Divot Derby was founded in 1958 by the Pensacola Sports Association and has been organized by the GPJGA since 1995. The Derby is a five-day event held on a Sunday-Thursday each July with a Skills Challenge, three days of tournament play and a Thursday Gala Banquet. Since 2010, the event has been presented by PGA Tour star Bubba Watson, who was the champion of the 1994 event. Thanks to Bubba, The Kugelman Family Foundation, the Pensacola Sports Foundation, Andrews Institute and Publix Charities for keeping this event is free to all area juniors.
61st ANNUAL DIVOT DERBY SCHEDULE
Divot Derby Kick-off Skills Challenge and Lunch Presented by Andrews Institute & J’s Cafe and Bakery
(Pitch, Putt, Drive and Rules Quiz/Study Guide below)
Sunday, July 22 at Stonebrook Golf Course:
Ages 6-9, 1:00-2:00 PM
Ages 10-13, 2:00-4:00 PM
Ages 14-18, 4:00-5:00 PM
*Medal ceremony will immediately follow each age division competition
Tournament Day One, Monday July 23
Ages 6-13, Six & Nine Hole Division: Hidden Creek
Ages 14-18, Nine & 18 Hole Division: Stonebrook
Tournament Day Two, Tuesday July 24
Ages 6-13, Six & Nine Hole Division: Cypress Lakes
Ages 14-18, Nine & 18 Hole Division: Perdidio Bay
Tournament Day Three, Wednesday July 25
18-Hole Players Only: Tiger Point
Divot Derby Banquet, Thursday July 26
ALL SUMMER TOUR AND DIVOT DERBY PLAYERS ARE INVITED!
Skopelos at New World, 600 S. Palafox St, Pensacola, Florida. Doors open at 5, Dinner at 6.
IMPORTANT:*Registration is only open to players who live in The First Tee of Northwest Florida service area, have participated in Greater Pensacola Junior Golf Association (GPJGA) events or The First Tee of Northwest Florida Golf & Life Skills Programming. Registration deadline is 5pm on July 18. Any late entries that can still be accommodated will be charged a $25 late entry fee.
BANQUET INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION
The 61st Annual Divot Derby Banquet will be at Skopelos New World on Thursday evening July 26 at 6pm. Doors will open at 5pm. If you plan to attend the banquet, you must RSVP during the registration process. Divot Derby players are free; each additional adult guest (18+) is $20, each additional youth guest (17 & under) are $15 (5 and younger are free).
DIVISIONS: All age divisions are determined by the golfer’s age on or before 8/7/18. Division options:
- Ages 6-7 six-holes per day/two days
- Ages 8-18 nine holes per day/two days
- Open Division: Ages 16-18 or 15&Under 18 holes per day/three days. (Players under the age of 14 may play in the 18-hole division, but they must have a proven ability to shoot under the cut* and must remain in the upper division all three days of competition. *There will be a 9-hole cut of 54 which will create a 9-hole division for Tuesday. Players may elect to play only in the 9-hole (two-day) division prior to the tournament.
TOURNAMENT FORMAT:: Individual stroke play within age groups. (USGA rules apply). There will be modified rules and tees in place for the 6 and 9 hole divisions. All age groups will be flighted after the first round (9 and 18 hole divisions). Rules & Policy sheet is attached below.
PRACTICE POLICY: Practice rounds must be scheduled through the participating golf courses and are allowed on Monday and Tuesday afternoon/evening following play. However, practice rounds are NOT ALLOWED the morning before at the course you are scheduled to play. Penalty of disqualification from tournament.
TEE TIMES: Tee times will be scheduled to begin approximately at 8 AM each day. Tee Times for Monday July 23 will be posted on the Friday July 20 at the top of this webpage. For the remainder of the week, they will be posted the evening before on this webpage.
RESULTS: Results will be posted after play.
AWARDS: Trophies will be distributed at the banquet on July 26. Top 3 competitors overall and in each flight will be awarded in each age division. Plus the overall Men & Ladies winner will be presented with the Stan Stanovich and Sybil Augustine Awards! Also, the top 3 finishers in each age division (including ties) of the championship flights will receive an invitation to the season championship tournament at Pensacola Country Club, August 6-7, to compete for the A. Downing Gray Cup. (This does not include runner up flights or the 14-18 9-hole division).
GPJGA RAFFLE: As a fundraiser, we are selling raffle tickets. They are $20 each. This year, the grand prize is a customized golf cart from Kool Karts. Second prize will be a “Play the Panhandle” pass (over 40 rounds of golf will be given away to one lucky winner). Details about this fundraiser will be distributed throughout the summer by the Tournament Director. The deadline to turn in tickets will be July 24th. The drawing will take place at the Divot Derby Banquet, July 26, 2018, at 6 p.m. (winners do not have to be present to win). Participants who help us sell just 5 tickets will receive a FREE pair of Nike Golf Shoes! Additionally, the Top 10 sellers will be announced at the Divot Derby Banquet on July 26. Top sellers will receive high-value gift cards valued from $100 to $500!! Over $2,000 in prizes to top sellers! If you would like to sell tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 850-456-7010.
Special Thanks To these great tournament sponsors:
Divot Derby Skills Challenge Presented By: