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Chris Cote

The Connecticut State Golf Association is pleased to announce an expanded partnership with Chris Cote’s Golf Shop in Portland, Connecticut for the 2014 season. As part of the agreement, Chris Cote’s Golf Shop will become the official sponsor of the CSGA One Day Tournament Series. The “One Day Player of the Year Points Race,” which was introduced in 2013 and sponsored by Chris Cote’s Golf Shop, will also see an increase in the prizes awarded. Additionally, Chris Cote’s Golf Shop will offer a Hole-In-One prize at each event on a designated hole.

“We are excited to continue to build on our relationship with Chris Cote’s Golf Shop,” said Mike Moraghan, CSGA Executive Director. “The introduction of the Points Race in 2013 was a big success and added a new level of excitement to the series. We’re happy to be conducting our One Day tournaments at so many outstanding golf courses, and to be partnering with Chris Cote’s Golf Shop again for the 2014 season.”

As part of the revised CSGA Player of the Year points system that was announced last week, the One Day Player of the Year system will also be modified to award points to the Top 15 finishers at each event.  For 2014, a total of $4,000 in merchandise certificates to Chris Cote’s Golf Shop will be awarded to the top three points leaders in each division at the end of the tournament season.

“We are thrilled to expand our partnership with the CSGA by sponsoring the One Day Tournament Series,” said Chris Cote, owner of Chris Cote’s Golf Shop. “We are committed to helping golfers of all levels and abilities improve their game, and we feel like the One Day Tournament Series is a perfect fit for us. With the expanded partnership, we hope to reach more golfers throughout the state than ever before.”

Wethersfield Country Club

The 2014 One Day Tournament schedule will feature a total of thirteen events, the most in the history of the Series, and concludes with the season-ending One Day Championship at Shennecossett Golf Course.  The season kicks off on Monday, April 14th at Wethersfield Country Club in Wethersfield, Connecticut, host of the Connecticut Senior Amateur Championship later this year. Wethersfield CC boasts an unparalleled history in Connecticut golf, having hosted the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship (then named the “Insurance City Open”) for 32 years from 1952 until 1983. The present layout was designed by Robert D. Pryde, the first Executive Director of the Connecticut State Golf Association and member of the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame.

The season continues the following week with a visit to New Haven Country Club in Hamden, Connecticut, site of last year’s Connecticut Amateur Championship.  New Haven Country Club has a long history of hosting the area’s top amateur championships, having played host to sixteen Connecticut Amateur Championships and seven Connecticut Open Championships. It also hosted the New England Amateur in 1941 and 1998, and the New England Junior Championship in 2007. New Haven Country Club was founded in 1898 has undergone numerous renovations since its inception, including a new set of green complexes that were completely resurfaced in 2009. The course is known for its outstanding playing conditions and its challenging, undulating greens which are often regarded as the best in the state.

For the first time in the history of the One Day Tournament Series, the CSGA will offer a Four-Ball event as part of the One Day schedule on Tuesday, June 10th at Fairview Farm Golf Course. The tournament will consist of two-player teams with players playing their own ball throughout the round. Each team’s score will be determined by using the lower score of the partners for each hole. Prizes for both gross and net will be awarded for the Tettelbach (Open) and Siderowf (Senior) divisions, in addition to One Day Player of the Year Points for top finishing teams.

Chris Cote’s Golf Shop in Portland, Conn.

Along with the continued partnership with the CSGA, Chris Cote’s Golf Shop recently completed a move to a new location in Portland, Connecticut. The 7,000 square foot retail location features a full service club repair center, four custom fitting simulators to test clubs and receive lessons, and a full-size indoor putting green.

“Unparalleled customer service is our number one priority, so one of the biggest benefits of the new location is being able to provide a higher level of service to our customers,” said Chris Cote. “With four hitting bays complete with simulators and custom fitting tools, we are now able to provide same-day or next-day appointments for club fitting. In addition, the larger space enables us to offer a wider variety and selection of products to our customers on a daily basis.”

About Chris Cote’s Golf Shop

Chris Cote’s Golf Shop in Portland, Connecticut is widely recognized as an outstanding golf shop and fitting center. The store offers the latest technology in golf clubs, custom fitting, repair and accessories. For more information on Chris Cote’s Golf Shop, visit their official website at ChrisCoteGolf.com. 

About the CSGA One Day Tournament Series

The CSGA One Day Tournament Series sponsored by Chris Cote’s Golf Shop is a great opportunity for CSGA handicap holders to experience a professionally administered state-wide event. These popular events are conducted at some of the premier public and private golf courses in the state, and allow golfers of all ages and abilities to participate in a casual and fun atmosphere with great prizes at an affordable price. All events are open to any golfer who holds an active USGA handicap index from a CSGA member club. For more information, visit our website at csgalinks.org.