The Trusted Choice® Big “I” National Championship is the nation’s largest junior stroke-play golf tournament and one of the premier junior golf events. The event, organized by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (The Big “I”), attracts elite junior golfers from throughout the United States.
Informally known as The Big "I", this event began in 1969 as a community service project devised by Independent Insurance Agents. Each year, more than 200 agents help organize and administer the 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.
The goal of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America is to provide the youth of America an affordable and challenging National Championship to assist their pursuits of earning academic and athletic opportunities for continued development. Each summer more than 2,000 junior boys and girls nationally vie to earn a place in the finals—a 72-hole, stroke-play tournament. More than 200 state and local qualifying events every year determine a field of 159 boys and girls for the National Championship.
Boys and girls that have not reached their 19th birthday prior to August 8, 2013 are eligible to particpate. National exemptions also are awarded to top-rated junior golfers and age-eligible finalists from the 2012 Championship.
The Championship has proven to be a critical test for many of today’s golf professionals, with past participants including -
Bolys: Jonathan Byrd, David Duval, Charles Howell III, David Gossett, Justin Leonard, Hunter Mahan, Will McKenzie, Phil Mickelson, Kevin Na, Brett Quigley, Web Simpson, and Tiger Woods.
Girls: Kellee Booth, Candie Kung, Cristie Kerr, and Grace Park