Kevin Ollie teed off Wednesday at the Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am. (WFSB photo)
George Lopez speaks to the media. (WFSB photo)
CROMWELL, CT (WFSB) -
Celebrities and golf pros teed off Wednesday during the Travelers Championship Celebrity Pro-Am.
The celebrity Pro-Am gives fans a chance to get up close and personal with athletes, coaches, actors, and comedians. Many took the time to sign autographs, shake hands and pose for pictures with fans.
The Travelers Championship Celebrity Pro-Am started with UConn Men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie and his team hit the links just before 7 a.m. under the guidance of professional golfer John Huh.
"We always have UConn fever around here," Ollie said. "It's not just this year. We're winners this year and we have the greatest fans in the country."
Other celebrities planning to take part include former UConn men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun, ESPN personality Chris Berman, former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie, comedian George Lopez, actor James Naughton, TV personality Ahmad Rashad, former New England Patriot Andre Tippett, celebrity Chef Ming Tsai and former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield.
All of them will be guided by a professional golfer around the course at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.
The fan favorite of the crowd was comedian Lopez. He gave fans a show with his game, jokes and hat, which he called "stylish."
"Yeah it's made by hand," Lopez said. "You get a free bowl of soup, if you wear it all 18."
The Pro-Am gives fans the chance to get up close to these big names, on a day when everyone's a little bit more relaxed.
"They're friendly," said Regina Keith, of West Hartford. "You can talk to them, get autographs."
"I get to see these famous golfers and I get to take awesome pictures," said Shamoon Yaghmor, of New Britain.
Broadcaster Chris Berman has a big local following but was concerned some may have been a bit too close during his tee off.
"The cameramen were really close, and I said, 'You might want to get back, back, back, back, back over there,' because I've done worse," Berman said.
Wednesday was the 19th tournament for Calhoun and he said he's got it down pat. He said he stays cool by drinking a lot of water.
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