The rain stopped up at the Travelers and the Pro-am is well under way. This is where the tour players really earn their paychecks. They have to participate in the Wednesday Pro-am or they cannot play in the tournament. They get to roam the course with three amateur teammates and post a score for low man per team on each hole. It can be a daunting task. The first amateur to hit in Paul Goydos’s group hit his tee ball so far right it landed in someone’s living room. Right now Sergio Garcia’s group is leading with an eighteen hole score of 54. That’s right, 54, that is 16 under par on this par 70 course. I know it’s a Pro-Am, but anytime you see 54 on a scoreboard you have to take notice. There are a few big name celebrities playing here. Roger Staubach, Bill Belichick, Sandy Koufax, Chris Berman, Doug Flutie, Dwight Evans, Luke Wilson and Joe Pesci are all here hacking it around on the beautiful TPC River Highlands course.
I watched Lucas Glover for a few holes. He’s still hot and he opened with a birdie for his group. As expected he was swarmed with fans asking for autographs and as expected he was signing everyone. The affable Jerry Kelly was playing with Staubach, Pesci and UConn and WNBA basketball star, Jen Rizzotti. They were all getting their money’s worth. On each hole Kelly worked with each of them on their swing or setup. It looked liked he was really enjoying himself. He helped Staubauch with his shoulder turn, and Pesci with his setup. Staubauch was signing as many autographs as Kelly and even threw a football to a fan as he button hooked down the fairway.
If you are wondering how you can get to play with a PGA Tour Pro, it’s easy. Sign a hefty check over to the tournament, or get your boss to pay, clean off your clubs and get ready to tee off in front of a big group of people wondering if you can really play.
Here’s one of the Pro-Am options at the Travelers.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at TPC River Highlands
Featuring PGA TOUR professionals and celebrities from sports and entertainment.
o Breakfast, lunch and on course refreshments
o 3 Pro-Am Participant Badges (valid for Grounds Admission all week)
o 3 Exclusive Pro-Am Participant Parking Passes (valid for Wednesday only)
o 3 Pre-Tournament Practice Rounds at TPC River Highlands
o 6 Pro-Am Pairings Party Invitations (Sunday, June 21)
o 6 Pro-Am Reception Invitations (Wednesday, June 24)
o 3 Pro-Am Participant Gift Packages
o 15 Daily Sponsor Club Tickets (each valid any one day, Wed.-Sun.)
o 3 Lot B Weekly Parking Passes
o Recognition in Tournament Publication and Website for all partners confirmed by May 1, 2009.