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Richter Park Golf Course to host its first Mid-Amateur Championship

Richter Park Golf Course will play host for the 31st Connecticut Mid-Amateur on August 27th-28th.  Designed by Edward Ryder and opened for play in 1970, Richter Park Golf Course was commissioned by the City of Danbury and is overseen by the Richter Park Authority.  The golf course features 18 holes of championship golf with water coming into play on 14 of the 18 holes. The undulating fairways lead to a set of mixed bent/poa greens that are well guarded by many of the 49 newly renovated bunkers surrounding the course.

Richter Park Golf Course has been host to the Connecticut Public Links Champioship twice (1999 & 2009) and the Connecticut Women's Amateur Championship in 1993.  The course also hosted an American Junior Golf Assocation (AJGA) Championship for three years from 2007-2009.  Richter Park has been the perennial host to the Danbury Amateur, a 36-hole championship that is regarded as one of the top amateur tournaments in the area.  This Championship attracts players from across the country and has donated more than a quarter million dollars to local Danbury charities since its inception.

The golf course continues to be one of the most recognized golf courses in Connecticut. In recent years, Richter Park won the 2015 CTPGA Walter Lowell Distinguished Public Golf Course Service Award.  It has also been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Places to play in New England” by the Boston Globe, one of the "Most Challenging Golf Course in Connecticut" by Connecticut Magazine, a "Top 10 Course in Connecticut" by Golf Magazine and was rated a “Top 50 Golf Course in America and one of the top 5 in the State” by Golf Week magazine.

The 30th edition of the Connecticut Mid-Amateur, hosted by Black Hall Club in Old Lyme, culminated in the first CSGA victory for Mike Kennedy (Mill River CC).  Kennedy defeated former Mid-Amateur champion Raymond Floyd, Jr. (Innis Arden GC) and 2013 Connecticut Open runner-up Ben Conroy (New Haven CC) on the second playoff hole.  The Connecticut Mid-Amateur is a 54-hole championship open to players age 25 and older who are members of a CSGA member club with a handicap index not exceeding 8.5.

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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)(6) 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, and the CSGA Scholarship Fund in honor of Widdy Neale.