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35th Connecticut Public Links

Several past champions will look to repeat their success at Simsbury Farms

Simsbury Farms Golf Course in West Simsbury, the recent site of the Connecticut Super Senior Championship and previously of the Senior Amateur and Women’s Amateur, will host its second Public Links Championship August 10-11.

Geoffrey Cornish and Bill Robinson designed the course in 1971, creating what has become one of the most popular and highly rated public-access courses in New England. Known for its consistently good conditioning, the 6509-yards, par 72 “Farms” offers great design variety, with par 3s ranging from 160 to 230 yards, par 4s from 298 to 420 yards, and par 5s from 475 to 565 yards, in a balance of right and left doglegs, uphill and downhill holes. Built on about 235 acres with virtually no homes in sight, Simsbury offers views to match its competitive challenge.

Past CSGA champions at Simsbury reflect the solidness of the course’s test. Lida Kinnicut won the Women’s Amateur in 1988, Liz Janangelo in 1997— both members of the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame. Del Kinney Jr. won the 1990 Public Links here. Dale Dirk won the 2018 Super Senior Championship here in a playoff over former Senior Amateur Champion Jack Bracken.

Defending champion Peter Tomlinson won not only the Public Links at Wintonbury Hills in 2019, but also the Tournament of Champions at Bull’s Bridge a month later in what represented a breakthrough season for him. Tomlinson is expected to compete, as is five-time Public Links champion Dave Szewczul who won the Senior Amateur here in 2011. Past Public Links champions expected to be part of the field are John Abbott (2018), Kyle Nolin (2016), Chet Hrostek (2015) and Glen Boggini (2014).

The Public Links is a 36-hole stroke-play championship. All players will play 18 holes on Monday, August 10, with the low 30 players and ties advancing to the final round on August 11.

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About the CSGA

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)(3) 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, the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents and the CSGA Scholarship Fund in honor of Widdy Neale.