For the first time in the 112-year history of the event, Lake of Isles in North Stonington, Connecticut will welcome the state's top amateur golfers when it hosts the 2014 Connecticut Amateur Championship on June 16th-20th.
Founded in 2005 by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Lake of Isles is located across the street from the Foxwoods Resort Casino. Renowned Golf Course Architect Rees Jones designed 36 unique holes that wind their way through 900 acres of wooded Connecticut countryside, and around a 90-acre lake, appropriately named "Lake of Isles". The two courses (North and South) offer rolling terrain, island greens and tees, and extraordinary views, all blending harmoniously with the incredible natural landscape.
The North Course, which is open to the public, is a par-72 layout that stretches more than 7,300 yards from the championship tees. The course features rolling fairways and extraordinary views, which blend nicely with the incredible natural landscape. The South Course (private) winds closely around the lake and requires precision off the tee. A pair of difficult island green par-3's greet the players on the back nine, and the tee shot on the par-5 8th hole features the Foxwoods Casino as a backdrop.
Both courses have won several accolades since opening in 2005, including Golf Digest’s America Best New Courses and Best Courses in the State, Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play, and Golfweek has ranked the North Course No. 1 in the state for the past six years.
In the 2013 Connecticut Amateur, Cody Paladino, 24, of Wethersfield Country Club, took a 3-Up lead into the afternoon of the 36-hole final and never looked back, posting a 3 and 1 victory on Saturday over 21-year-old Peter Ballo of Woodway Country Club to capture the 111th Connecticut Amateur Championship at New Haven Country Club. Paladino became only the second player in CSGA history to capture both the Russell C. Palmer Cup and the Connecticut Amateur, and the first to win both in the same year.
The Connecticut Amateur Championship is the oldest event conducted by the CSGA and is one of the nation's oldest state amateur golf championships. The first winner of the Connecticut Amateur was Thomas L. Cheney. Since Cheney's innaugural victory, past champions have included Robert M. Grant, whom the medalist honor is named, and current PGA tour player, J.J. Henry.
Schedule of Events
Match Play Qualifying - All players will play 18 holes on Monday, June 16th and Tuesday, June 17th. The low 32 players will advance to match play. In the event of a tie for the final seed, a hole-by-hole playoff will begin immediately following conclusion of all rounds. All other ties will be broken by return of card.
Match Play - General numeric draw will be used. All matches will be 18 holes unless otherwise specified.
Wednesday, June 18th (AM) - Round One
Wednesday, June 18th (PM) - Round Two
Thursday, June 19th (AM) - Quarterfinals
Thursday, June 19th (PM) - Semi-Finals
Friday, June 20th - Finals (36-Holes)