HARTFORD, Conn., June 20, 2017 – The sun beamed down Tuesday as players and caddies took their shots at The Umbrella at 15 ½ Challenge, the 85-yard “hole” at TPC River Highlands that features a 40-foot-long floating green in the shape of the Travelers red umbrella logo in the middle of a lake.
Players competed for $10,000 donated by Travelers, to go to a charity of the winner’s choice for either the first hole-in-one or closest to the pin. This year’s winner was John Huh, who knocked his shot to 6 inches.
Tuesday was also Farmington Bank Family Day, which offered fans a selection of golf vendors and free lessons from Connecticut Section PGA professionals.
The Eversource PGA TOUR Player Experience for Junior Golfers took place throughout the day. Participants had the opportunity to play four holes with a professional in this week’s tournament field after a special golf clinic. They also had the chance to ask questions of players.
Off the golf course, Operation Shower presented by ConnectiCare®, a baby shower for 40 expectant military wives, took place in The First Tee building. Guests listened to speakers including PGA TOUR player Jim Furyk, were showered with gifts and dined on Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ.
Wednesday’s schedule includes the Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am, which will feature 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, among others. Active duty military members will have an opportunity to serve as caddies for a PGA TOUR professional 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 Farmington Bank Celebrity Mini Golf Tournament hosted by Tim Wakefield and actors Dane DeHaan and Tyler Hoechlin will be held on Wednesday morning. Two waves of three-player teams will compete at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., with each wave playing for $2,500 going to the winners that will be given to the charity of their choice.