BRATTLEBORO, Vermont – Exempt players — and you surely know who you are — have until Thursday May 27 to register for the 2021 New England Amateur Championship, to be played July 20-22 at the Great River Golf Club in Milford, CT. And the same is true for those who hope to qualify for the competition.
All the pertinent information is at the New England Golf Association website listed below. The 54-hole, three-day event will include 144 players, both exempt and those who play their way in from a qualifying round.
Those looking to qualify have four opportunities to choose from—provided you have an active GHIN Handicap Index at any member club of a New England state golf association not exceeding 6.4. Regardless of your location, you can choose any one of the four sites for the qualifying round:
Two Massachusetts clubs are in the mix — Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston on Monday, June 7, or Haverhill Country Club on Tuesday, June 8.
The Brattleboro Country Club in Vermont will host a qualifier on Thursday, June 10. And glory’s last shot will be at the Tuxnis Country Club in Farmington on Monday, June 21.
The July tournament will be the 92nd New England Amateur Championship. Two Massachusetts players battled it out to the finish last year at the Concord Country Club in their home state, John Broderick (out of the Dedham Country and Polo Club) beat Nick Maccario (Bradford Country Club) on the second playoff hole to take the title.
The first New England Amateur was conducted in 1926 at Rhode Island Country Club and was won by Frank C. Newton of Massachusetts. The Championship has been held annually since then, with a four-year hiatus during WWII from 1942 – 1945. Over the years, the Championship has been won by some of New England Golf’s greats including Brad Faxon, Bill Andrade, James Dirscoll, and Jim Renner. The event was contested as a Match Play Championship until 1971, when the format was changed to current model of 72-holes of Stroke Play.
PHOTOGRAPHY by David Colt