THE 63rd ANNUAL DIVOT DERBY championship

July 19-23, 2020

FOR ANY QUESTIONS, please contact Tournament Director Jennifer Hobbs: Or call our office from 9:30-4:30 Monday through Friday, 850-456-7010

Scroll down to begin online registration… Tee times and the skills challenge roster will be posted here by 5pm on Friday, July 17.

Registration deadline is midnight on July 12. Any late entries that can still be accommodated will be charged a $25 late entry fee.

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 19-23, 2020, and will utilize five area golf courses. The week will begin Sunday, July 19, with a Junior Skills Challenge at Osceola Golf Course in Pensacola. 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 23, the Divot Derby will have a family celebration at the historic Pensacola Goofy Golf–home of The First Tee of Northwest Florida. 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 and two-time Masters Champion, 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. 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.


Divot Derby Kick-off Skills Challenge  and Lunch Presented by Andrews Institute & Fusion Grill
(Pitch, Putt, Drive and Rules Quiz/Study Guide below)

Sunday, July 19 at Osceola Municipal 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 20 
Ages 6-13, Six & Nine Hole Division: Tanglewood Country Club
Ages 14-18, Nine & 18 Hole Division: Perdido Bay Golf Club

Tournament Day Two, Tuesday July 21
Ages 6-13, Six & Nine Hole Division: Cypress Lakes Golf Course
Ages 14-18, Nine & 18 Hole Division: Marcus Pointe Golf Club

Tournament Day Three, Wednesday July 22
18-Hole Players Only: Tiger Point Country Club

Divot Derby Banquet, Thursday July 23

The banquet this year is being replaced by a family celebration day at the historic Pensacola Goofy Golf, home of the First Tee of Northwest Florida. Players will be invited to play Goofy Golf, pick up their free Divot Derby Tee-Shirt, and enjoy dinner from a food truck and drinks from Buffalo Rock. This is free for players; guest dinners can be purchased below.


IMPORTANT:*Registration is only open to players who live in The First Tee of Northwest Florida service area (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Bay Counties), have participated in Greater Pensacola Junior Golf Association (GPJGA) events or The First Tee of Northwest Florida Golf & Life Skills Programming. Registration deadline is midnight on July 12. Any late entries that can still be accommodated will be charged a $25 late entry fee. Questions? Email Tournament Director Jennifer Hobbs:



TBD PLAN A: The 63rd Annual Divot Derby Banquet will be at New World Landing on Thursday evening July 23 at 6pm. Doors will open at 5pm. 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). TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT A LATER DATE DUE TO COVID-19, PLANS ARE NOT FINALIZED.
On Thursday, July 23 players are invited to our historic Pensacola Goofy Golf Facility for custom tee-shirt pickup, Goofy Golf and a food truck lunch from 1-5pm.

DIVISIONS: All age divisions are determined by the golfer’s age on or before 8/3/2020. Division options:

  • Ages 6-7 six-holes per day/two days (Mon-Tues)
  • Ages 8-18 nine holes per day/two days (Mon-Tues)
  • Open Division: Ages 16-18 and 14-15; 18 holes per day/three days (Mon-Wed). (Players under the age of 14 may attempt to qualify 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 if they qualify. *THE CUT: All players must qualify to compete in the Open Division by making a “Cut” on Monday. On the player’s first attempt, he/she must score a 54 or better on their front nine in order to proceed to the back nine. If this score is not accomplished, they must end their round and drop into a 9-hole division for Tuesday. Players may elect to play only in the 9-hole (two-day) division prior to the tournament. 54 Plays and 55 Stays–No Exceptions. (If player is moved to the nine-hole division, score will be adjusted if any individual hole score exceeds double par.)

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. 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 of a tournament 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 20 will be posted on Friday July 17 at the top of this webpage. For the remainder of the week, they will be posted the evening before play on this webpage.   

RESULTS: Results will be posted after play.

AWARDS:  Awards will be presented to the top 3 competitors overall in each flight of age divisions. following play; Plus the overall Male & Female winner will be presented with the Stan Stanovich and Sybil Augustine Awards! Also, the top 3 finishers in each Championship Flight will receive an invitation to the season championship tournament at Pensacola Country Club, August 3-4, to compete for the A. Downing Gray Cup. (This does not include runner up flights or the age 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. There will also be runner up prizes. Details about this fundraiser will be distributed throughout the summer by the Tournament Director. The deadline to turn in tickets will be July 23rd at 5 pm. The drawing  will take place at the Divot Derby Banquet, July 23, 2020, at 6 p.m. (winners do not have to be present to win). Participants who help us sell just $200 worth of 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 23. Top sellers will receive high-value gift cards valued up to $500!! Over $2,000 in prizes to top sellers! If you would like to sell tickets email or call 850-456-7010.

Special Thanks To these great tournament sponsors: 

Divot Derby Skills Challenge Presented By:

2020 Divot Derby Registration Brochure

2020 Divot Derby 6 And 9 Hole Rule Sheet

2020 Divot Derby 18 Hole Rule Sheet

2020 Study Guide For Rules Test Ages 14-18

2020 Study Guide For Rules Test Ages 6-13