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Opening ceremonies held for Travelers Championship

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Tournament director Nathan Grube speaks at the opening ceremonies for Travelers Championship on Monday. (WFSB) Tournament director Nathan Grube speaks at the opening ceremonies for Travelers Championship on Monday. (WFSB)
The governor delivered the open remarks for the Travelers Championship. (WFSB) The governor delivered the open remarks for the Travelers Championship. (WFSB)
PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan speaks at the opening event. (WFSB) PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan speaks at the opening event. (WFSB)
At the end of the ceremony, they unveiled a plaque for the Jay S. Fishman Memorial Garden. (WFSB) At the end of the ceremony, they unveiled a plaque for the Jay S. Fishman Memorial Garden. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The governor and Travelers Championship officials helped kick off the annual Connecticut golf tournament on Monday morning.

The 2017 Travelers Championship runs from June 19-25 and is held at the TPC River Highlands. The opening ceremonies were held for Travelers Championship at the Memorial Garden around 9 a.m. 

"It's always exciting when this Monday morning rolls around, everybody is looking forward to the week," Travelers CEO Alan Schnitzer said.

A special dedication honored the late former Travelers Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jay Fishman, who passed away on Friday, August 19th, 2016 after a lengthy battle with ALS. 

"Every year has gotten better. And that was Jay Fishman's legacy and that was his vision," Schnitzer said. "We're here today to dedicate the Memorial Garden and honor our dear friend Jay Fishman." 

At the end of the ceremony, they unveiled a plaque for the Jay S. Fishman Memorial Garden. 

"This morning is really special. We are going to dedicate the memorial garden in Jay's honor. The Jay S. Fishman Memorial Garden," Travelers CAO & EVP Andy Bessette said.

A smaller version of the plaque was handed to Fishman's wife, Randy. 

"At this core, he just understood how important this was and how the community embraced it back and what great partnership it ended up being," Randy Fishman said. "I think it's just wonderful."

Tournament director Nathan Grube said the event benefits more than 160 charities. 

"We aim to be more than just a golf event," Grube said. 

"The Travelers Championship is about way more than world-class golf. It's about a community coming together," Schnitzer said.

Gov. Dannel Malloy delivered the open remarks about the tournament's impact on Connecticut. 

“Every day you wake up is a good day, but the Travelers tournament event is the largest event in summertime Connecticut, bringing tens of thousands of people from other states," Malloy said. 

The governor also discussed his time with Fishman. 

"I had the high honor and privilege of getting to know Jay and he was a great man and a great inspiration," Malloy said. 

A star-studded lineup of athletes is taking the stage to compete in the Championship this year.  

"This is a very special moment in time and it is a real honor to be here today," PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Channel 3 is the media sponsor for the event. 

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