New England golf championships expected to move to Mohegan Sun this fall

Final details are being completed to bring the New England high school golf championship to the Mohegan Sun Golf Club on Nov. 1 in Sprague.

All indications are we will be moving the tournament there, which is exciting for us,” said Donn Friedman, executive director of the Council of New England Secondary Schools Principals’ Association.

The event, sponsored by the CNESSPA, has been held at Bretwood Golf Course in Keene, N.H., the past 24 years. With the New England tournament moved to the fall and concerns about cold weather, a more temperate course was sought. The CIAC has split its boys golf into two seasons this school year, with 51 teams playing in the fall and nearly twice that many the in the spring.

The CIAC moved up the start of the Connecticut fall season to Aug. 30, 10 days before the other fall sports. Divisional competition will be held the week of Oct. 18. Spring golfers will not have a New England championship, while the autumn golfers will not have a state tournament.

The New England event was held in 1991 at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield before moving around to various states and settling at Bretwood.

In talking with the golf people, moving spring to fall, frost became an issue,” Friedman said. “You’re also going to have less daylight if there is a playoff. We see Mohegan as a good fit.”

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