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34th Connecticut Public Links

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A Major First

Timberlin Golf Club in Berlin is no stranger to championship golf.  Since the clubs opening in 1970, Timberlin has been host to numerous CSGA, USGA, CIAC, and CTPGA tournaments.  However, when the first tee shot is struck on August 14th it will mark the first time that Timberlin has hosted any major championship in the state of Connecticut.

The 6,733 yard par 72 layout has been widely recognized as one of the top public golf courses in Connecticut.  The rolling terrains and spectacular views of the surrounding farmland are just some of the highlights of a course that is as enjoyable for a high handicap player as it is challenging for a championship player. The Al Zikorus design is one of several in Connecticut including Tashua Knolls Golf Course (Trumbull), Heritage Village Country Club (Southbury), and Tunxis Planatation Country Club (Farmington).

"We are beyond thrilled to be bringing the Public Links to Timberlin," said CSGA Executive Director, Mike Moraghan. "Timberlin will provide a great test and it has been so impressive to see the level of support provided for this Championship by the Town of Berlin and their new golf commission."

The Connecticut Public Links Championship is a 36-hole championship open to Connecticut amateur golfers who, since January 1st of the current year, have been bona fide public-course player, and who hold a USGA Handicap index not exceeding 9.0. The 2017 edition saw Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame member Dave Szewczul capture his record fifth Public Links title.

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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)(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.