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Connecticut State Golf Association
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Connecticut State Golf Association


Conn. Open Exemptions

Ellington Ridge Country Club | July 30 - August 2, 2017

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1) Beginning in 2001, CT Open Champions of the past 10 years (2007-2016) ***

1A) CT Open Champions prior to 2001***

2) CT Amateur Champions of the past 5 years (2013-2017)

3) The top 15 finishers and ties in the 2016 CT Open Championship.

4) New England Amateur Champion(s) of the past 3 years (2014-2016)

5) 2017 CT Amateur Runner-Up

6) Champions of the following CSGA Championships:

- 2016 Mid-Amateur, 2016 Senior Amateur, 2016 Public Links, 2017 Russell Palmer Cup, 2017 Junior Amateur & 2017 Senior Match Play

7) 2017 CT Senior Open Champion

8) Top ten (10) players in 2016 Dick Tettelbach Player of the Year point rankings.

9) Top ten (10) Professionals in the 2016 CT PGA & MET PGA Player of the Year standings.

10) Director of Golf/Head Professional of the following 2017 CSGA Championships and qualifying sites:

- Open, Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Women’s Open, Public Links, Sr. Amateur, Sr. Match Play, Palmer Cup, & Junior Amateur

10a) Director of Golf/Head Professional of the following 2017 USGA Qualifiers conducted by the CSGA:

U.S. Open, U.S. Junior Amateur, U.S. Amateur,

U.S. Mid-Amateur, U.S. Senior Amateur, U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

11) Ellington Ridge Country Club will receive 2 exemptions to be used at their discretion.

12) Player who successfully qualified for the following Championships: 2017 US Open


* Exempt Players MUST meet eligibility criteria & apply by the closing deadline.

** Director of Golf/Head Professional exemptions are not transferrable.

** * Exempt players in category 1 & 1a will remain eligible regardless of residency or membership in the CSGA for the duration of their exemption




First Name Last Name Category
Daniel Balin 3
Pete Ballo 3
Michael Ballo Jr. 3
Mike Ballo Sr. 1a
Marc Bayram 10
James Becker 1a
Frank Bensel 1,3,9
Robert Benson 1a
Kyle Bilodeau 9
Corey Birch 3
Steve Birkmeyer 10
Chris Bland 10
Bobby Brown 10
Andrew Campbell 10
Glenn Carlson 10
Jason Caron 1
Ciaran Carr 10a
Archie Cart 10a
Anthony Casalino 3
Mike Colandro 1a
Jeff Curl 1,3
Doug Dalziel 1a
David Dell 9
Eric Dietrich 8
Brent Dietz 8
Billy Downes 9
Michael Downey 1a
Jim Fatsi 10
John Flaherty 3,8
Brian Gaffney 9
Bobby Gage 3
Kyle Gallo 1a
Tim Gavronski 10
Brian Gehan 10
John Gentile 1a
Kevin Giancola 1a,9
Michael Gilmore 1a
David Giulietti 3
Tom Gleeton 10
Jordan Gosler 9
Ken Green 1a
Evan Grenus 2
Jim Hanlon 10
Jeff Hedden 1
Bill Hermanson 8
Chet Hrostek 8
Tony Kelley 9
Paul Kelly 1a
Donny Kirkpatrick 10,10a
Pat Kozelka 10
Kevin Mahaffy 10
Fran Marrello 9
Ian Marshall 10
Jack McConachie 1a
Stan McLennan 10
Monte Mullen 8
Kyle Nolin 6
Sam Olson 10
Brent Paladino 9
Cody Paladino 1,2,3
John Parsons 1a
Shaun Powers 3
Adam Rainaud 1,3,9
Paul Ramee 10a
Greg Reilly 3
David Renzulli 10a
Jay Rice 1a
Edward Ruiz 10
Ed Sabo 1a
Kevin Shea 10
Richard Siderowf 1a
Bob Sparks 10
Austin Straub 1a
William Street 3,9
Mike Svab 10
Jeff Swanson 10
Dave Szewczul 6,8
Bob Tiedemann 10
Dan Valk 10a
Geoff Vartelas 8
Jeremy Vitkauskas 10a
Brendan Walsh 1a
Zach Zaback 2,3,8

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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.