Taking on Travelers

Over this week, the Travelers Golf Tournament has begun e in Cromwell, Connecticut. This tournament is a huge draw for golf fans across far and wide, spanning from golf fans in New England as well as internationally. This year, this prestigious tournament takes place from August 1st through August 7th at the TPC River Highlands. On a normal year, this tournament runs in June, but because golf is now back in the Olympics, they had to shuffle the typical PGA schedule. Travelers Championship Tournament Director, Nathan Grube, said “Golf’s return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 will affect the majority of PGA TOUR events taking place from June through August. By working closely with the PGA TOUR, we identified the best timing for recruiting a strong player field and finishing the planned modifications to TPC River Highlands.”

Over the past year, the TPC River Highlands have undergone multi-million dollar renovations. According to the Travelers Championship website, improvements include: “new areas for grandstands and fan viewing around the signature four fishing holes, modifications to greens, and renovations to bunkers throughout the course.” These modifications were completed to ensure that the best possible tournament could take place at the TPC River Highlands.

What makes the Travelers Tournament so great is that it donates 100 percent of its profits to charity. Last year, the Travelers Championship raised $1.56 million. These donations reached over 140 charities in the area. This year, the main charity will be the ALS Clinic at the Hospital for Special Care (HSC) in New Britain, Connecticut. Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Andy Bessette said, “We’re already looking forward to another great tournament that will generate significant funds for charity in 2016. With the 2016 PGA Championship in New Jersey the week before our event, we’re expecting the 2016 Travelers Championship field to be as strong as ever.”

On this upcoming Friday, August 5th, there is a dinner to raise money for the Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research. Bruce Edwards was a Tom Watson’s previous caddy and hails from Connecticut. Tom Watson will be hosting the dinner and guests are invited to donate to the cause.

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In addition to going to the tournament as a guest, you can also volunteer to be a part of the fundraising efforts. Roles range from gallery control to working concessions. As long as you are 16 years of age and above, the Travelers Tournament welcomes all volunteers.

Not only is this an exciting event for golf fans, but is designed to be extremely family friendly as well. From mini-golf tournaments hosted by Luke Wilson and Tim Wakefield to First Tee events, children of all ages will be thoroughly entertained and begging to come back year after year. This weekend is a great time your family to get together, while enjoying everything the tournament has to offer.

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