The Connecticut State Golf Association has announced that players selected to the State Junior Team that represents Connecticut and the CSGA in the New England Junior Championship will be exempted into the following year’s Russell C. Palmer Cup.
The New England Junior is a 54-hole team and individual stroke play tournament that includes seven-player squads from each of the New England States. The site of the Championship rotates throughout New England each year. The Palmer Cup is the CSGA’s annual men’s stroke play championship played at the Country Club of Waterbury.
“Our Competitions Committee recognizes that it is a unique achievement to be selected to represent the CSGA and the State of Connecticut in the New England Junior Championship,” said CSGA Executive Director, Mike Moraghan. ”It is appropriate to reward these outstanding young golfers with entry into our stroke play major. In that these players are also still in school during Palmer Cup qualifying makes it difficult for many to enter. In taking this action, we have further elevated the importance of the Junior Team and also strengthened the Palmer Cup field.”
After winning the 2012 Championship by a record 29 strokes, Connecticut finished runner-up to Massachusetts in 2013. Brian Carlson of Madison and Clinton Country Club won the individual title in both 2012 and 2013.
The winner and runner-up in the CSGA Junior Championship are automatic selections to Connecticut’s Junior Team. Five additional players are chosen by the CSGA Junior Golf Committee. Players who have not reached their 18th birthday at the time of the New England Junior Championship are eligible for selection.