Shuttle Meadow Country Club in Kensington, a century-old Willie Park Jr. design that’s been the site of seven Connecticut Amateurs and three Connecticut Opens, will host the 32nd Connecticut Mid-Amateur Championship on August 26-27.
Park designed an accessible, beautiful layout at Shuttle Meadow that is not long, but tests players on its “bold and fast” greens as one competitor put it. As with all Willie Park designs, course management, especially off the tee, is critical. (The same is true for Park's New Haven Country Club, site of the 2018 Connecticut Open and the annual site of the Julius Boros Challenge Cup.)
Last year’s Mid-Amateur at Richter Park in Danbury marked a turning point in the Player of the Year race. Newly crowned Palmer Cup champion Brian Ahern, shot the low round on day one, but succumbed to food poisoning that night and had to withdraw. 2018 Amateur Champion Ben Conroy, who said he had been inspired at the Amateur by “mid-am” Ahern’s Palmer Cup victory, stepped into the breach, shooting 71-67 in withering day-two heat and finishing six under par, seven shots clear of runner-up Jamie Sheltman. The 67 included two eagles. His Mid-Amateur victory propelled Conroy to wins at the Connecticut Four-Ball (with Ben Day) and the Father Son (with dad Jay), as well as a leading performance in the Tri-State Matches. Both Ahern and Conroy will lead the list of contenders this year.
The Mid-Amateur, open to amateurs 25 and older, is a stroke-play event played over 54 holes, with the low 36 and ties advancing to 36 holes on the second day.