Travelers Championship to revolve around some-more than golf as ALS gift becomes large focus

June 21, 2016 - als

travelers-championshipCROMWELL–Monday was media day during Travelers Golf Championship during TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, and some VIPs were in attendance.

FOX 61 spoke to several categorical players about what to design this year both on and off a golf march from a annual event.

First up, we spoke to Andy Bessette, a arch executive officer and executive  vice boss of Travelers, who explained because currently isn’t a initial day of a tournament, as it has been in past years.


“The Olympics report pushed off a whole PGA report for a whole summer,” Bessette said, so we still have 40 days until a contest starts during a beginning of August. But it’s not indispensably bad news, generally given 3 majors and one universe contest will be hold over that seven-week period. “Where we are is indeed a flattering good week for us.”

But a many critical aspect of a contest isn’t what standard a golfers hit, it’s what’s finished for a village during large.

“We’re such a hometown association sponsoring this hometown eventuality for hometown charities. We’re unequivocally unapproachable of being a pretension sponsor, and it’s usually a delay of who we are as a company,” Bessette explained.

This year a Travelers Championship is embracing ALS, a degenerative commotion that weakens a body’s muscles. Former Travelers Cos. CEO Jay Fishman stepped down from his position heading a word association final year after he was diagnosed with ALS, yet he stays as executive authority of a board.

“We’re disposition into (ALS) as a association for a whole village to welcome it,” Bessette said.

Specifically, there will be a cooking hold on Friday, Aug 5, during a Convention Center during a championship, to lift income for ALS. The cooking is approaching to lift $1 million for a Bruce Edwards Foundation, that honors a Wethersfield male who died in 2004 from ALS.

Edwards was a veteran golf caddy for gymnasium of famer Tom Watson for some-more than a decade, and now Watson will respect his aged crony by hosting the dinner, along with author John Feinstein, who authored a book called “Caddy for Life” formed on Edwards’ life. Jay Fishman will horde as well.

Watson and Feinstein together founded a Bruce Edwards Foundation, and a $1 million approaching to be lifted will be donated to research.

Tournament Director Nathan Grube also spoke about a implausible work a championship will do for ALS.


“That’s a categorical reason for a tournament,” Grube said, vocalization about a free fundraising side of a championship. “And we have a categorical concentration on ALS this year.”

The categorical customer of supports lifted will be a Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, Grube said. The sanatorium cares for in-state residents who humour from ALS, and a a usually plcae in Connecticut that is partial of a approved diagnosis centers from a ALS Association.


But he didn’t bashful divided from deliberating a small golf as well.

“Our margin this year is going to be as clever as ever…there’s going to be some good players,” Grube said, observant people should keep an eye on a website for announcements of players entrance to a margin in August.

Last though not least, FOX 61’s Rich Coppola spoke to a reigning Travelers champ Bubba Watson about his return.

bubba watsonWatson initial started personification during Travelers in 2006, and won his initial ever PGA eventuality during a championship in 2010. He followed that adult with another win in Cromwell final year, and hopes to do that again this year.

He says that while he is looking brazen to personification in a Olympics in Rio this summer, a Travelers Championship binds a lot of definition in his heart and for his family.

“When you’ve seen what this meant to my family in general, we would never skip this tournament,” Watson said, referring to him losing his father usually 3 months after winning a championship in 2010. “Obviously a Olympics is a large deal, we all wish to be there, though during a same time, what Travelers has meant to my family as a whole, I would never skip it.”

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