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Connecticut residents enjoy Wednesday's record-breaking warmth

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New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart took the ceremonious first tee swing at the Stanley Golf Course on Wednesday. (@stewartfornb photo) New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart took the ceremonious first tee swing at the Stanley Golf Course on Wednesday. (@stewartfornb photo)
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NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

Despite being spoiled by a relatively mild winter, the groundhog may have been right.

With temperatures expected to surge into the 70s on Wednesday, it looks as though Connecticut may actually see an early spring.

The Stanley Golf Course in New Britain said it's prepared to receive an influx of golfers.

"Opening up march 9th, this is bonus weather and this [is] going to be bonus money that we love to have," said Kyle Hedstrom, head golf professional.

Golfers were so eager to get on the links this week that they pushed for an early start date.

Many wanted it to be open on Monday when temps were in the 60s.

"It looks in phenomenal shape," said Al Parlow, a golfer.

"Starting last week, everybody saw the weather and they said 'ok, we should open up Monday,'" said Robert Heath, Stanley Golf Course, tournament director. "Unfortunately, the grounds crew here had to get the course opened up. It was a rough winter. [We] had a lot of branches down. [But] the course is in great shape right now for  the beginning of the season."

Nearly 200 golfers were expected.

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart swung the ceremonious first tee around 8:30 a.m.

"We've got all 27 holes open for business [Wednesday]," Stewart said.

She urged people to go beyond the flowing fairways.

"The restaurants are going to get a boost, the bars, the golf clubs are going to get a boost too," she said. "That extra month is going to mean a lot especially for productivity and sales.”

People in nearby Middletown said they began taking advantage of the weather on Tuesday when highs reached the mid-60s. Many were out at Harbor Park.

Trout season doesn't start until April, but a number of fishermen could be seen giving it a go.

Hartford's Bushnell Park is also expected to be busy with runners, walkers and workers out for lunch.

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