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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 entries submitted to the CSGA must be completed, signed (or received from www.csgalinks.org) and include the entry fee for the event.  In order to be officially entered into an event(s), a completed entry form (or a copy) and the entry fees must be received and accepted at the Golf House no later than 5:00PM 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 ($10) will be charged to amateur participants in 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An applicant that is a bona fide member of a club that has withdrawn membership from the CSGA and takes a second membership in a CSGA member club to circumvent the above eligibility condition will remain ineligible.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.

Visit www.usga.org/Special requests for a sample questionnaire used by the USGA for such a request.

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 www.csgalinks.org 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

The CSGA will post all scores as tournament scores to the USGA handicap system immediately following the event.

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 office (phone or email).  Withdrawals prior to the closing date of the tournament will result in 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.

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:

A player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is the general penalty for the first offense and disqualification for a subsequent offense.

Cell Phones

The use of a multi-functional device for distance measuring purposes is permitted (when adopted as a Condition of Competition). However, 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 etiquette and therefore “The Committee” reserves the right to invoke Rule 33-7 (Disqualification Penalty; Committee Discretion).

If “The Committee” invokes Rule 33-7, 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 guidelines published in Rule 33-6 and Appendix 1 of 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, the Tri-State team, and the USGA State team will be the responsibility of the Competitions Committee.  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 two captains’ picks to be decided by the CSGA Team Captain.  Combination of ten open division players and two senior players is required.

Tri-State Matches – Player of the year points and senior player of the year points plus two captains’ picks to be decided by the CSGA Team Captain.  Combination of eight open division players and four senior players is required.

USGA State Team – Two players will be selected based on state team point standings and one player will be selected by the CSGA Competitions Committee. In order to be eligible for the USGA State Team, a player must have competed in at least three **CSGA major championships over the course of two years.  (**CSGA major championships are 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)

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.

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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)(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.