The Russell C. Palmer Cup, Connecticut’s premier amateur stroke play championship, returns to the Country Club of Waterbury on May 20-21, the 10th time Waterbury has hosted the event.
The Palmer Cup was contested at Waterbury for seven consecutive years beginning in 2012 but moved to the Country Club of Farmington in 2018 when Waterbury played host to the Connecticut Amateur.
Defending Palmer Cup Champion Brian Ahern is no stranger to the demanding Waterbury layout. Ahern won the Connecticut Amateur at Waterbury in 1999 and was a semi-finalist at last year’s Amateur there. Ahern will be looking to become the first back-to-back winner in the Palmer Cup’s history. His long list of challengers includes 2018 Player of the Year Ben Conroy, who said he was inspired by “mid-amateur” Ahern’s victory at Farmington before winning four 2018 championships and playing a key role in the Connecticut Tri-State Team’s victory last October.
Named in honor of the former CSGA Executive Director and Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame member, the Palmer Cup comprises 54 holes over two days.
The Country Club of Waterbury was founded in 1899 with a nine hole course constructed by Waterbury native Arthur Fenn. In 1927, the club hired noted golf architect Donald Ross to develop a first-class 18-hole layout on a combination of existing and newly acquired land. The current Ross course opened for play on Saturday, September 15, 1928, and has been a staple on Connecticut championship golf schedules ever since.