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Connecticut State Golf Association
Steward of Connecticut Golf Since 1899
Connecticut State Golf Association


CSGA General Tournament Policies

Authority and Responsibility

Included within the framework of the CSGA By-Laws Purpose the association may organize, supervise and coordinate golf competitions and activities in Connecticut as well as supervise national and international competitions held at member clubs.

The CSGA Mission Statement states the association will provide the highest level of service in conducting tournaments through its member clubs using best practices developed by the United States Golf Association.

The CSGA delegates these responsibilities through its organization to the Official in Charge (OIC) for every event it conducts or supervises.  The OIC has final authority as to the local rules applicable for each event he or she conducts or supervises.

Conditions, Schedules

The CSGA Competitions Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions and schedules herein.  The decision of the Competitions Committee in any matter shall be final.

Conditions of Tournament Entry

All tournament entries and corresponding entry fee must be submitted no later than 11:59PM on the day entries close.

Rejection of Entrants

Entrants are subject to rejection at any time (including during the Championship) by the CSGA.  The reason for rejection may include ineligibility, unbecoming behavior, and other due and sufficient cause.

Tournament Players Fee

A yearly tournament player’s fee of $25 will be charged to participants in non-partner amateur only CSGA events.  This fee must be paid prior to the acceptance of any tournament application.  

Tournament Eligibility

Applicants must hold a current USGA Handicap Index, be a bona fide member of a CSGA Member Club, and must meet the specific eligibility criteria for the specific event. 

An applicant that is a bona fide member of a club that has withdrawn membership from the CSGA and takes a second membership in a CSGA member club to circumvent the above eligibility condition will remain ineligible. 
Golf professionals that are affiliated with the Connecticut Section-PGA, that are employed by a CSGA member club, or that reside in Connecticut will be eligible for the Connecticut Open. 

PGA Professionals that are not in good standing will be ineligible.

The Connecticut Women’s Open has specific eligibility requirements.

A person whose membership has been suspended or has been terminated by a Member Club shall not be eligible to compete in any CSGA tournaments.  If such person thereafter joins another Member Club, such person’s eligibility may be reinstated following written application to the CSGA and a hearing by the Executive Committee.

Any tournament entrant who has been found guilty of rules violations(s) and/or conduct which is prejudicial to the best interest or true spirit of the game, after presentment of such charges, notice and due hearing before three members of the Executive Committee and appropriate staff, with the right to have counsel, may be declared ineligible for competition in any tournament conducted by the CSGA.

For any events that earn CSGA Player of the Year Points or CSGA Senior Player of the Year Points, excluding One-Day Tournaments, applicants that are members of Type 2 or Type 3 CSGA Member Clubs as defined by the USGA, must also be residents of Connecticut.

All questions regarding eligibility shall be decided by the Executive Committee whose decisions shall be final.

Special Requests-Motorized Carts

The CSGA will evaluate on a case-by-case basis any request to use a motorized cart due to a claimed disability in CSGA championships or qualifying rounds which prohibit use of motorized carts.  In order for the CSGA to evaluate properly such requests, it is necessary to submit medical documentation setting forth the exact nature of the disability and how that disability prevents such player from walking during a stipulated round.  In addition, players must submit information sufficient to enable the CSGA to determine that providing a cart would not provide a player with an advantage over other players.  Such information must be provided at least 90 days prior to the entry closing date.

Tournament Information

Information concerning pairings, starting times, etc., will be e-mailed prior to the event.  Starting times and pairings will also be posted on the CSGA website and/or event portal as soon as they are available.   Anyone without access to the internet may request to have the tournament information sent by US mail.

Posting Tournament Scores

For CSGA events, the CSGA will post all individual stroke play rounds as a tournament scores to the GHIN system immediately following the event. For match play, foursomes, four-ball, and/or USGA events players should reference the USGA handicap system guidelines to determine if a score is to be posted.

Team Handicaps

In team events the team handicap will be determined by converting the individual handicap index for each contestant to the applicable course handicap and added together.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy

Individuals who have submitted an entry for a CSGA event, and wish to withdraw for any reason, must notify the CSGA by phone or email.  Withdrawals prior to the closing date of the tournament will receive a full refund, less a $25 administrative fee.  Withdrawals between the closing date and seven days prior to the event are entitled to receive a 50% refund.  No refund will be given for withdrawals within seven days prior to the event / qualifier. In exceptional circumstances a player may file a written appeal (email is acceptable) for a refund to the CSGA competitions committee and these will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Returned Checks/Credit Cards

All checks returned due to insufficient funds will carry a $25.00 service charge. The same applies for credit cards.  

Distance-Measuring Devices:

Per Rule 4.3a, a player may use a device to obtain distance information. If, during a round, a player uses a device in contrary to the allowable uses stipulated in Rule 4.3a, the player will incur the general penalty for the first breach and disqualification for a second breach unrelated to the first breach.

Cell Phones

Players and/or their caddies are advised that the use of such devices (other than for emergency purposes) in their traditional manner (talking, texting, etc.) is discourteous and may be distracting to others.

The use of such devices, in their traditional manner, is strongly discouraged and may be considered a serious breach of the CSGA Code of Conduct resulting in disqualification.

In such cases of a breach of the CSGA Code of Conduct resulting in disqualification, the CSGA Competitions Committee may pursue further disciplinary action including but not limited to the withdrawal of playing privileges for future CSGA events.”  

Breaking Ties

The CSGA will follow the guidelines outlined in section 5A(6) of the Committee Procedures in the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf, and will include the specific method to be used for each event in the letter to contestants.

Awarding Prizes

In situations where contestant(s) finish within the prizes awarded for both gross and net scores the Committee will determine one prize to be awarded the contestant(s).  In no case shall more than one prize be awarded to a single contestant.

Team Selection

Invitation to represent the CSGA on the Julius Boros Challenge Cup team and the Tri-State team will be the responsibility of the CSGA Team Captain.  Accumulation of points alone will not guarantee selection for any team.  In addition to an individual’s compliance with the CSGA Code of Conduct Policy on and off the course the following will be used to select members of these team:

Julius Boros Challenge Cup – Player of the year points and senior player of the year points plus three captains’ picks to be decided by the CSGA Team Captain. 

Tri-State Matches – Player of the year points and senior player of the year points plus three captains’ picks to be decided by the CSGA Team Captain.  

Player of the Year Points

To be eligible for Tettelbach Player of the Year or Siderowf Senior Player of the Year a competitor must have competed in at least one of the CSGA major championships defined as the Palmer Cup,  Amateur Championship, Junior Amateur Championship, Senior Amateur Championship, Mid-Amateur Championship, Senior Match Play Championship, Open Championship, and Public Links Championship.  Any violation of the CSGA Code of Conduct policy could result in disqualification from consideration for Player of the Year or Senior Player of the Year.


The CSGA Code of Conduct reads as follows;
Contestants and their caddies are reminded that at all times appropriate golf etiquette and dress is required and that any abuse or disrespect of fellow competitors, officials, host, spectators, employees, or other persons conducting or attending CSGA sponsored or conducted events are grounds for immediate removal from the event and denial of entry for future events.  Such abuse or disrespect may be verbal or physical or threat thereof and includes, but is not limited to, the use of vulgar or obscene language, as well as physical damage to property or equipment of any persons set forth above or the hosting facility.

Cart Usage

In events where carts are permitted per the condition of competition, no more than two carts will be permitted per starting time regardless of the number of players and/or caddies in the group.  Caddies are permitted to ride in a players cart if there is an available seat.  To limit cart traffic and/or reserve carts for subsequent starting times, the tournament committee reserves the right to limit a group to only one cart in cases where there are only two competitors in the group or only two competitors in the group elect to use a cart. 

Dress Code

Contestants and caddies must adhere to the following dress code requirements: shorts must be Bermuda length, shirts must have a collar and be tucked in at all times, jeans are not allowed, hats are to be worn in a traditional manner, and no cargo pants or shorts are allowed.  Additional dress code requirements may be placed on competitors based on host site policies.  Those additional requirements will be communicated in the letter to competitors.

Golf Shoe Policy

Shoes with traditionally designed spikes (regardless of composition, i.e. ceramic, plastics, etc.) or spikes, regardless of design, comprised either entirely or partially of metal (if such metal may come in contact with the course) are prohibited.

Exemption Requests

A player that wishes to request an exemption into a CSGA championship must do so in writing; before doing so, the CSGA strongly recommends that players review the current exemption criteria outlined for the given championship.  Entry, eligibility, and exemption criteria are reviewed for each championship on an annual basis.

Should a player choose to submit an exemption request, the request must be submitted by email to a member of the CSGA staff at least two weeks prior to the entry deadline.  Requests will be reviewed by the CSGA competitions committee whose decision shall be final.

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About the CSGA

Founded in 1899, the CSGA is the country's oldest state golf association and, as an Allied Golf Association of the USGA, provides stewardship for amateur golf in Connecticut. In addition to administering handicaps for over 40,000 members at 181 member clubs, the CSGA conducts more than 85 days of competition throughout the year for golfers of all ages, genders, and skill levels. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the CSGA supports a variety of golf organizations within Connecticut, including the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents, Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, Connecticut Section PGA, Connecticut Women’s Golf Association, CSGA Scholarship Fund in honor of Widdy Neale, LPGA-Amateur Golf Association, Southern New England Women’s Golf Association, and The First Tee of Connecticut.