22 Jun

Day 3 Recap

Day three of the Travelers Championship consisted of numerous celebrities participating in the Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am and the Farmington Bank Celebrity Mini Golf Tournament on Wednesday. This warm and sunny day called for fun competition and donations to worthwhile charitable causes.

The Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am featured Broadway star Christopher Jackson of “Hamilton” fame, actor/comedian Kevin Nealon, ESPN broadcasters Chris Berman and Rebecca Lobo, former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield and 10-time NBA All-Star Ray Allen, along with PGA TOUR players and amateurs.

Winners for the two flights:

AM Pro-Am Winner
Professional – Vijay Singh (-16)
Will Shupe
Bruce Gifford
Steven Palasek

PM Pro-Am Winner
Professional – Ricky Barnes (-14)
John Crowley
Ryan McDonald
Christopher Motl

Wakefield, along with actors Dane DeHaan and Tyler Hoechlin, hosted the Farmington Bank Celebrity Mini Golf Tournament, which was held in the MetroHartford Alliance Fan Zone. Two waves of three-player teams participated at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., each wave competing to win $2,500 for the charity of their choice. Pittsburgh Penguins center and two-time Stanley Cup champion Nick Bonino, partnering with Matt Ginella and Chantel McCabe from Golf Channel, won the first wave, donating $2,500 to Youth on Course. The UConn team of football coach Randy Edsall, associate women’s basketball coach Chris Dailey and men’s hockey coach Mike Cavanaugh won the second wave, electing to donate $2,500 to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

John Huh, who won Tuesday’s The Umbrella at 15 ½ Challenge, was presented with the winner’s oversized check on Wednesday by Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers, and Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube. Travelers donated $10,000, split evenly on behalf of Huh, between the tournament’s Honorary Co-Chairs, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and the Hospital for Special Care.

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., active duty military members had the chance to serve as caddies for PGA TOUR professionals on the 17th hole during the Pro-Am as part of the Birdies for the Brave Military Caddie Program presented by Trinity Health Of New England.

The first round of competition will take place tomorrow, which is also Women’s Day sponsored by Travelers. This year’s program will feature global entrepreneur, designer and philanthropist Tory Burch as well as four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef and writer Andrew Zimmern. The proceeds from Women’s Day will go to various tournament charities, including the 2017 primary beneficiary, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. All women in attendance at the tournament on Women’s Day will receive special discounts and benefits.

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