Competition for girls begins with the two-day state tournament, and the top two 36-hole scorers are invited to the national tournament (all permitted expenses are paid by IIANC). (There are no regional qualifying tournaments for the girls state tournament.) Winners in each age division are recognized with awards at the state tournament. The overall tournament winner receives the Peggy Kirk Bell trophy.
Girls may choose to play in a boys division regional tournament in order to gain tournament experience and practice, however they are not considered part of the field of competition and do not receive trophies. If a girl participates in a regional tournament, she must still register and pay appropriate fees for the state tournament, at which she is guaranteed acceptance (space permitting).
Girls should call the Pine Needles Golf Club and make a tee time for their practice round the week prior to the tournament, which is included in the state registration fee (tee times are first come-first reserved, space permitting).
Age Brackets: The girls state tournament has two age divisions: 14-and-under and 15-18 as of August 9, 2018. Play is from the forward tees for both age divisions at all levels. A tie for first place and runners-up in any age division will be decided by a sudden death play-off beginning on Hole #1 immediately upon completion of the final round.
In North Carolina, Trusted Choice Big "I" Junior Classic competition begins with one-day, 18-hole regional qualifying tournaments to be held in five locations across the state in June. The state tournament is a two-day, 36-hole weekend event held in Southern Pines. This year's state tournament will be held July 14-15, 2018 with the boys tournament at Mid Pines Golf Club and the girls tournament at Pine Needles Golf Club.
The Long Drive Contest is after play on Saturday, July 14 for both the boys and girls.
The national tournament comprises 72 holes with activities stretching over five days, including the 30th Annual Patrick Cannon Memorial Long Drive Championship. Visit www.bigigolf.com to learn more. 2018 Trusted Choice Big "I" National Tournament | August 6-9, 2018 | Daniel Island Club | Charleston, South Carolina
Qualifying: Competition for boys begins with regional, 18-hole qualifying tournaments. Players may participate at only one regional location. Based on allotments, the top regional scorers are invited to play at the two-day, 36-hole state tournament. The top four boys at the state tournament receive invitations to compete in the national tournament (all permitted expenses paid by IIANC). Winners in each age division are recognized with awards at both levels of play.
Age Brackets: Regional qualifying tournaments and the state tournament have two age divisions: 14-and-under and 15-18 as of August 9, 2018. Play is from the back tees for both age divisions. A tie for first place and runners-up in any age division will be decided by a sudden death play-off beginning on Hole #1 immediately upon completion of the final round.
The Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, Inc. (IIANC) is pleased to once again sponsor the Trusted Choice Big “I” Junior Classic in North Carolina. Our tournament serves as the state’s qualifier for the Trusted Choice® Big “I” National Championship, the 3rd oldest junior golf event in the United States. The Trusted Choice® Big “I” is the nation’s largest junior stroke-play golf tournament and one of the premier junior golf events. Each year, more than 2,500 elite junior golfers compete in local and state tournaments around the country with the top 167 players advancing to the national finals.
Our goal is to provide junior golfers an affordable and challenging National Championship to assist their pursuits of earning academic and athletic opportunities for continued development. The Championship, formerly the Insurance Youth Golf Championship (IYGC), began in 1969 as a community service project devised by independent insurance agents. Each year, several hundred Trusted Choice independent agents volunteer to organize and administer the Local and State Qualifying Tournaments that lead to the national finals. Independent agents donate valuable time, effort, and in many cases, personal resources to conduct successful local events around the country. Learn more about Trusted Choice independent insurance agents here.