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85th Connecticut Open Championship

Tournament Info

2019 Player 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

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 champions of the Connecticut Open remain eligible throughout the duration of their exemption regardless of eligibility requirements listed above

ENTRY DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 22nd at 11:59pm

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

FORMAT AT CHAMPIONSHIP PROPER: 18-holes of stroke play to be conducted on both Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th.  The forty (40) players with the lowest 36-hole total will advance to the final round on Sunday, July 21st.  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 SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: 18-holes of stroke play.  Players with the low scores (total number at each site to be determined following the entry deadline) will advance to the championship proper.  Playoff(s) may be required to determine the final qualifying and/or alternate players.

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

TRANSPORTATION & CADDIES:  At both sectional qualifying and the championship proper the use of caddies is permitted but not required.  The use of automotive transportation is not permitted during the championship proper but will be permitted at any qualifying site at the discretion of the host club.

PURSE & 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 Torrington Country Club.  The 85th 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

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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The CSGA functions as an extension of the USGA and provides stewardship for amateur golf in Connecticut. Founded in 1899, it is the country’s oldest state golf association and conducts over 50 Championships, Qualifiers and One-Day Tournaments throughout the year, in addition to administering handicaps for over 40,000 members and 181 member clubs. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the CSGA supports a variety of golf organizations within Connecticut, including the Connecticut Women’s Golf Association, Southern New England Women’s Golf Association, The First Tee, the Connecticut PGA, the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents and the CSGA Scholarship Fund in honor of Widdy Neale.