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Tee times adjusted tomorrow due to potential storms

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UHart graduate Jerry Kelly is one of the leaders at the Travelers Championship. (WFSB) UHart graduate Jerry Kelly is one of the leaders at the Travelers Championship. (WFSB)

Tee times for the Travelers Championship in Cromwell have been adjusted for Saturday.

Professionals will tee off in groups of three off of the 1st and 10th tees from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. They wanted everyone off the TPC River Highlands course by 2 p.m., before any potential severe weather.

Gates will open at 6:30 a.m.

The Gin Blossoms concert scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday has also been canceled.

Friday was expected to be another busy day as golfers entered day two of competition.

The little fog lifted on Friday morning as the first groups resumed play around 8 a.m. On Thursday, the golfers got pushed back a bit because of the fog. 

There was lots of fun before the first swing for Team USA on the golf course on Friday morning. Travelers Championship officials brought Patrick Reed a cupcake for his birthday, which he promptly blew out, by using his driver. Bubba Watson promptly joined in with a party blower and lead the crowd in singing Happy Birthday

At the top of the leader board, there were Americans, Vaughn Taylor, Andrew Loupe, and Jerry Kelly, at the end of the first round.

Kelly went to the University of Hartford and talked about coming back to Connecticut.

"You've got people really rooting for you, and I'm not that name that has people yelling constantly everywhere you go," Kelly said. "It would be nice! But, the people are really behind me. I'm an emotional player and I take that as a positive emotion."

Kelly, Loupe and Taylor were up one stroke on the competition at -6. 

There were 93 players, who shot par or better on Thursday including the three American Olympians. Watson, Matt Kuchar and Reed had big crowds following them all day.

Reed used the red white and blue golf bag he got this week as part of his Olympic team gear.

"They're going to the Olympics and we're also fans of Bubba in general," Ron Kuehner, of Berlin, said. "The sunshine, the weather, just being here with my daughter, it's fantastic."

Travelers Championship will host a benefit dinner for the Bruce Edwards Foundation on Friday night with all that's raised going to ALS research. The event is expected to raise $1.2 million. 

"We are up to 118 tables, so we are going to raise over a million dollars," Tournament Director Nathan Grube said. "Then, Bubba Watson, a couple of days ago, gave a hundred thousand dollars."  

Grube said the money being raised from the dinner is separate from what they are raising through the tournament.

"It's a very emotional and very exciting dinner tonight," Grube said.

Throughout the tournament, the staff from Saint Francis Hospital are stationed around the course to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy. There are medical staff on mountain bikes.

"We take care of all of the players, their families, anyone that has their issues," Saint Francis Hospital CEO Chris Dadlez told Eyewitness News on Friday morning.

Saint Francis Hospital has been aligned with 28 years and for 18 years have been providing medical care. 

"We have a mini-hospital," Dadlez said. 

There is a tent especially for veterans and their families. It is free to any military members and their loved ones. 

"This is our seventh year really engaged with the veterans," Dadlez said. "We feel it is so important to give back to those who served our country." 

Admission to the Travelers Championship is free to  any military members. 

This year, the Hospital of Special Care works to make sure patients with ALS can come out at the Travelers Championship and watch some golf. 

After notifying patients about the Hospital of Special Care tent and the special facility, about 20 ALS patients with four family members will visit each day of the tournament. 

"They have had a blast here," Dr. Kevin Felice said. "It's been a real exciting time for them." 

The Hospital of Special Care takes care of people with chronic medical conditions. The outpatient works with people who have ALS and muscular dystrophy. 

The Early Warning Weather Tracker will be hanging out in the Fan Zone this week. Golf fans will get their chance to meet with their favorite Channel 3 personalities. 

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