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Note: Registration for 2018 CSGA Championships will begin March 1st

ELIGIBILITY: In addition to a player's agreement to abide by the CSGA General Tournament Policies, the following criteria is required:

Amateur Golfers Only:

  • Holding an active USGA Handicap Index from a CSGA Member Club no exceeding 6.4
  • Connecticut Residents must be a bona fide member of a CSGA member club
  • Non-residents of Connecticut must be a bona fide member of a Type 1 CSGA member club

ENTRY DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 11, 2018


FORMAT AT CHAMPIONSHIP PROPER: 18-holes of stroke play to be conducted on Monday, May 21st.  Following round one, the field will be cut to the low thirty-nine(39) including ties.  Those players will play thirty-six holes on Tuesday, May 22nd.  The player with the low 54-hole total will be declared the Champion.

FORMAT AT SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: 18-holes of stroke play.  Players with the low scores (total number at each site to be determined following the entry deadline) will advance to the championship proper.  Any player(s) that tie at the predetermined qualifying position will also advance.  There will be no playoffs conducted at qualifying sites.

ALTERNATE POLICY:  More information on the alternate policy for the Russell C. Palmer Cup can be found HERE.

TRANSPORTATION & CADDIES:  At both sectional qualifying and the championship proper the use of caddies is permitted but not required.  The use of automotive transportation is permitted at both sectional qualifying and the championship proper at the discretion of the host club.

PRIZES:  The 15th Russell C. Palmer Cup Champion will have his name engraved on the permanent Russell C. Palmer Cup quaich and be allowed to keep the permanent quaich in their possession until the 16th Russell C. Palmer Cup is conducted.  The champion and runner-up will receive a replica quaich in recognition of their accomplishment.  In addition, low overall finishers will receive merchandise credit redeemable at the Country Club of Farmington.

WITHDRAWALS & REFUNDS: Refund less $25.00 administrative fee if requested prior to entry deadline. 50% refund after entry deadline and seven days prior to the event.  Within seven days prior to the event there will be no refund.  Any player who has competed in a qualifying round will be not be issued a refund if they are forced to withdraw from the championship proper.

WITHDRAWALS DURING COMPETITION AND/OR NO CARD POLICY: All players are expected to complete the competition which they start.  Acceptable reasons for withdrawal during a competition are physical injury, illness, or an emergency.  Poor play is not an acceptable reason for withdrawal.  A player who withdraws without an acceptable reason or without notifying CSGA personnel will be subject to suspension from future CSGA competitions.  If a player is aware of a possibility of withdrawal (e.g. injury) he should notify the CSGA as soon as possible.  All players who start a round must return a scorecard personally to CSGA staff or a CSGA official even if they are officially withdrawing. Players who withdraw also must sign and attest that the hole by hole scores are correct for the fellow-competitor's scorecard they were keeping and return that card to the fellow-competitor or another marker in the group. Players who do not follow this policy will be subject to suspension from future CSGA competitions

Conditions of Entry: By submitting an entry for any CSGA-administered competition, the contestant understands that his/her participation is at the sole discretion of the CSGA. A contestant may be removed from any competition at the discretion of the CSGA staff or Competitions Committee at any time before or during the competition. Incidents of unbecoming conduct or actions deemed to be detrimental to the image of the CSGA or the “Spirit of the Game” are grounds for such removal and suspension from future CSGA-administered competitions. These include, but are not limited to the following: 

1) Willful damage of the golf course or golf course property 
2) Club throwing or unnecessary club tossing 
3) Offensive or unbecoming language 
4) Public criticism of golf course or verbal abuse of CSGA staff, officials, volunteers, host club staff or other contestants 
5) Potential endangerment of others 
6) Conduct deemed unbecoming

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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.