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86th Connecticut Open Championship

Tournament Info

Eligibility & Entry Information

ELIGIBILITY: In addition to a player's agreement to abide by the CSGA General Tournament Policies, the following criteria is required:

Amateur Golfers:

  • Holding an active USGA Handicap Index from a CSGA Member Club not exceeding 6.4
  • Connecticut Residents must be a bona fide member of a CSGA member club
  • Non-residents of Connecticut must be a bona fide member of a Type 1 CSGA member club
  • That have registered and paid the 2020 Championship Players Fee

Professional Golfers:

  • Holding an active membership at a CSGA Member Club
  • Who make their permanent residence in Connecticut
  • Who work at a CSGA Member Club
  • Who are an active member of the Connecticut Section PGA
  • Past championship of the Connecticut Open remain eligible throughout the duration of their exemption regardless of eligibility requirements listed above

ENTRY DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

ENTRY FEE: Amateurs - $140 /  Professionals - $250

FORMAT AT CHAMPIONSHIP PROPER: All players will play eighteen holes of stroke play on Monday, June 22nd and Tuesday, June 23rd. The low 32 players will advance to match play.  In the case of a tie for the final match play qualifying position, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff immediately following the conclusion of round two.  Ties for all other match play qualifying positions will be determined by return of card.

Round of 32 and Round of 16 matches will be played on Wednesday, June 24th.  Quarterfinal and Semifinal matches will be played on Thursday, June 25th.  The Final match will be played on Friday, June 26th and will be contested over 36-holes.  All other matches will be contested over 18 holes.

18-holes of stroke play to be conducted on both Monday, August 3rd and Tuesday, August 4th..  The forty (40) players with the lowest 36-hole total will advance to the final round on Wednesday, August 5th. The player with the low 54-hole total will be declared champion.  In the event of a tie following the conclusion of the final round, a three-hole aggregate playoff will be contested.  In the case of a tie following the aggregate playoff, the playoff will continue at sudden death until a winner is determined.

FORMAT AT QUALIFYING: 18-holes of stroke play.  Players with the low scores (total number to be determined following the entry deadline) will advance to the championship proper.  Any player(s) that tie at the predetermined qualifying position will also advance.  There will be no playoffs conducted at the qualifying site.

ALTERNATE POLICY:  More information on the alternate policy for the Connecticut Open can be found HERE.

TRANSPORTATION & CADDIES:  At both the qualifying site and the championship proper the use of a caddie is permitted but not required.  The use of a golf cart is only permitted during a qualifying round.  Players must walk at all times during the championship proper.  The use of a golf cart may be restricted at the discretion of the qualifying host club and/or official in charge. Players are responsible for any costs incurred for the use of a caddie or a golf cart.

PRIZES:  All professionals that advance to the final round will receive a portion of the $50,000 guaranteed prize pool with the low professional receiving $12,500.  Composition of the final field will determine the payout structure.  Amateurs making the cut will earn merchandise credit redeemable at Ridgewood Country Club.  The 86th Connecticut Open Champion, runner-up and low amateur will also receive a keepsake trophy to recognize their achievement.

WITHDRAWALS & REFUNDS: Refund less $25.00 administrative fee if requested prior to entry deadline. 50% refund after entry deadline and seven days prior to the event.  Within seven days prior to the event there will be no refund.  Any player who has competed in a qualifying round will be not be issued a refund if they are forced to withdraw from the championship proper.

WITHDRAWALS DURING COMPETITION AND/OR NO CARD POLICY: All players are expected to complete the competition which they start.  Acceptable reasons for withdrawal during a competition are physical injury, illness, or an emergency.  Poor play is not an acceptable reason for withdrawal.  A player who withdraws without an acceptable reason or without notifying CSGA personnel will be subject to suspension from future CSGA competitions.  If a player is aware of a possibility of withdrawal (e.g. injury) he should notify the CSGA as soon as possible.  All players who start a round must return a scorecard personally to CSGA staff or a CSGA official even if they are officially withdrawing. Players who withdraw also must sign and attest that the hole by hole scores are correct for the fellow-competitor's scorecard they were keeping and return that card to the fellow-competitor or another marker in the group. Players who do not follow this policy will be subject to suspension from future CSGA competitions.  The CSGA status classification policy can be found HERE.

Conditions of Entry: By submitting an entry for any CSGA-administered competition, the contestant understands that his/her participation is at the sole discretion of the CSGA. A contestant may be removed from any competition at the discretion of the CSGA staff or Competitions Committee at any time before or during the competition. Incidents of unbecoming conduct or actions deemed to be detrimental to the image of the CSGA or the “Spirit of the Game” are grounds for such removal and suspension from future CSGA-administered competitions. These include, but are not limited to the following: 

1) Willful damage of the golf course or golf course property 
2) Club throwing or unnecessary club tossing 
3) Offensive or unbecoming language 
4) Public criticism of golf course or verbal abuse of CSGA staff, officials, volunteers, host club staff or other contestants 
5) Potential endangerment of others 
6) Conduct deemed unbecoming

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Founded in 1899, the CSGA is the country's oldest state golf association and, as an Allied Golf Association of the USGA, provides stewardship for amateur golf in Connecticut. In addition to administering handicaps for over 40,000 members at 181 member clubs, the CSGA conducts more than 85 days of competition throughout the year for golfers of all ages, genders, and skill levels. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the CSGA supports a variety of golf organizations within Connecticut, including the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents, Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, Connecticut Section PGA, Connecticut Women’s Golf Association, CSGA Scholarship Fund in honor of Widdy Neale, LPGA-Amateur Golf Association, Southern New England Women’s Golf Association, and The First Tee of Connecticut.