In July the Connecticut Open returns to Torrington Country Club, site of the 2013 Open Championship won by Jeff Curl. The club has hosted three Connecticut Opens and two Connecticut Amateur Championships.
For the first time in recent memory the Open will be played on a weekend, from Friday July 19 through Sunday, July 21, giving golf fans an unusual opportunity to see the state’s best golfers.
Torrington was designed by Orrin Smith, who worked under renowned architect Willie Park Jr. (Shuttle Meadow C.C., New Haven C.C.) and was construction supervisor for several Donald Ross projects. A par 72 measuring about 6700 yards, Torrington is considered perhaps Smith’s finest design.
Besides Curl, who is likely to return this year, and 2018 runner-up CJ Swift, others likely to contend include:
Frank Bensel, three-time Open Champion who played extremely well over the winter in Florida
Jeffrey Evanier, 2017 Champion
Adam Rainaud, 2016 Champion of New Canaan
Kyle Gallo, four-time Open Champion, who led the field on day one of last year’s Open with 64
Paul Pastore of Greenwich
Mike Ballo of Stamford
Blake Morris of the Country Club of Waterbury, who tied for fourth last year
Ben Conroy, 2018 CSGA Player of the Year
Max Theodorakis, of Campbell University and low amateur last year
Nicholas Piersall, of Bryant University
The Open comprises 54 holes of stroke play. The low 40 players and ties after the conclusion of Friday and Saturday's 18-hole rounds advance to Sunday’s 18-hole final round. In case of a tie a three-hole aggregate playoff will determine the winner.