Alex Elia, 13, of Wilton, joined 700 other top young golfers to compete in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Elia competed in the Boys 12-13 year old division July 17-22 after qualifying for the event at the Met Jr PGA Eisenhower Spring Challenge in June. The 54-hole tournament brings together some of the world’s most talented young competitors, many of whom have the potential to become leading collegiate and professional golfers of the future.

The Optimist is an international event, with players representing 43 states, six Canadian provinces and 28 total nations. Former champions and top finishers of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship include well-known professional golfers Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Jason Day, Davis Love III and Bill Haas.

Elia, the only competitor from Connecticut competing in the 12-13 age division, finished 12th out of 104 golfers, following an even par final round of 72.