Celebrities Compete on Pro-Am Day at Travelers

By Ryan Hanrahan and Ari Mason
|  Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013  |  Updated 7:08 PM EDT
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Celebrities Compete on Pro-Am Day at Travelers

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Actor Alec Baldwin hosts the inaugural Celebrity Mini Golf Tournament at the Travelers Championship Wednesday morning.

After two days of humidity and storms, the weather broke in time for the Celebrity Pro-Am at the Travelers Championship.

From those who make a living talking about sports to those who made a living playing pro sports, the Celebrity Pro-Am at the TPC River Highlands is always entertaining for spectators and a bit nerve-wracking for players.

"It's just a great experience for me," said former NFL player Doug Flutie. "I love playing in this atmosphere where I actually get nervous with a golf club in my hand because I'm not that good. To have galleries around and a little bit of pressure, it's a fun thing."

UConn women's basketball associate head coach Chris Dailey traded basketballs for golf balls today.

"I'm a good driver and putter... but getting from the drive to putting, it's an adventure almost every hole," Dailey said.

Sports figures weren't the only celebrities in attendance. Javier Colon, season-one winner of "The Voice," teed off at 1:20 p.m. Other noteworthy players included UConn basketball coach Geno Auriemma, ESPN's Chris Berman, former Red Sox player Tim Wakefield and former NFL star Andre Tippett.

The day kicked off this morning with a celebrity mini golf charity tournament hosted by actor Alec Baldwin, who represented the Hole in the Wal lGang Camp, a summer camp for children with chronic conditions.

The mini golf tournament teed off in two waves at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Teams of three included celebrities and members of the local and national media.

Anchor Brad Drazen and reporters Amy Parmenter and Monica Buchanan won the tournament for NBC Connecticut, donating its $2,500 winnings to the Urban League of Greater Hartford.

The tournament officially tees off Thursday morning. According to the Travelers Championship website, 156 players will compete for the tournament’s $6.1 million purse, with the champion getting a $1.098 million cut.

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