For the the first time in the championship's history, the Country Club of Farmington will host the state's premier amateur stroke play championship.
Named for Russell C. Palmer, former CSGA Executive Director (1986-1995) and inductee into the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame (1997), the Palmer Cup is the Connecticut Stroke Play Championship and is contested over 54-holes.
The Country Club of Farmington will become only the fourth club (Hartford, Waterbury, and Hop Meadow) to have hosted the Russell C. Palmer Cup when the championship begins on Monday, May 21st. The perennial host, Country Club of Waterbury, will be taking a one year hiatus as host in order to host the 116th Connecticut Amateur later in June.
Founded in 1892 and incorporated in 1897, the Country Club of Farmington is a founding member of the Connecticut State Golf Association and is one of the oldest golf clubs in the United States. The 18-hole championship golf course was designed by famed architect Devereux Emmet and opened for play in 1924.
This will be the first CSGA championship the Country Club of Farmington has hosted since the 2002 Connecticut Amateur won by Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame member Jeff Hedden. In addition to the 2002 Amateur, the club has also hosted the 1996 Connecticut Amateur, the 1963 Connecticut Open, and the 1961 Connecticut Senior Amateur. The Country Club of Farmington was also the inaugural host of the CSGA Father and Son Championship in 1934 and hosted the first ten editions of that championship from 1934-1946.