Takeaways from the second round of the Travelers Championship

CROMWELL — Round 2 of the Travelers Championship is complete, with some well-known names in contention and some others that failed to make the cut.

Here are the sights, sounds and observations from Friday’s action at TPC River Highlands:

1. BUBBA’S BACK: It wouldn’t be a Travelers without Bubba Watson in the championship hunt. The bombing Floridian notched the first of his 11 PGA wins here in 2010. He won again in 2015, with a couple of Masters titles in between. Watson was even-par 70 after the first round. His 7-under 63 on Friday, the best round of the day, put him three shots off the lead entering Saturday.


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Travelers notebook: Spieth trying to find game, Henry advances to weekend

CROMWELL — Defending champion Jordan Spieth finished his first round at the Travelers Championship with a 7-under 63, placing him tied with Zach Johnson for first on Thursday.

A great day for one of the marquee stars in the sport? Not quite.

“I don’t go to the range after 63s very often, and I was there for an hour [Thursday] trying to figure out the golf swing,” Spieth said. “So it’s not like things are on. Sometimes it can get disguised by rounds, but it’s not far off. It really is close.”

On Friday, Spieth shot 3-over 73, leaving him at 4-under heading into the weekend. His second round was marked by a triple bogey on par-5 13, leaving him at 5-over with four holes remaining.

But he eagled par-6 No. 6 to salvage his day.

from Sports https://www.ctpost.com/sports/article/Travelers-notebook-Spieth-trying-to-find-game-13018854.php

Hoping to give back, Griffin goes low at Travelers

CROMWELL — He already got a chance this week to give back to people who helped him reach the PGA Tour. And if Lanto Griffin keeps playing like he did Friday, he’ll be able to give back a lot more.

The tour rookie from Virginia shot a 7-under-par 63 in the second round of the Travelers Championship. That matched two-time tournament champion Bubba Watson for the low score of the second round at TPC River Highlands, and it left him tied for eighth with Watson and Rory McIlroy, three strokes behind leader Brian Harman.

On Tuesday, Griffin won the tournament’s Umbrella at 15 1/2 charity challenge, hitting a shot closest to the target and winning $10,000 for the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame Scholarship.

from Sports https://www.ctpost.com/sports/article/Hoping-to-give-back-Griffin-goes-low-at-Travelers-13018693.php

John Howe Makes a Better Pin – Today in History: June 22

On June 22, 1832, John Ireland Howe invented the first practical machine for manufacturing pins. Howe was born in Ridgefield, Connecticut, in 1793 and trained as a doctor, working at the New York Almshouse as a resident physician, where he first observed pins being made by a manual process. The shaping of a straight pin at that time required 18 separate steps. On the strength of the patent for his first pin machine, Howe received backing from a group of New York merchants to establish the Howe Manufacturing Company in 1833. After three years of production in New York, the company moved to the Birmingham section of Derby, Connecticut, where it became one of the largest pin manufacturers in the United States during the 19th century. The Howe Manufacturing Company held 9 of the 47 patents for the manufacturing of pins granted by the US Patent Office between the years of 1790-1873. Howe held two for the design of the pin machines and seven were granted to employees of the company for the pin sticking machines used to package the manufactured pins.

from ConnecticutHistory.org https://connecticuthistory.org/john-howe-makes-a-better-pin/

Brakettes salvage doubleheader split with Eliminators

STRATFORD — Denise Denis hit three consecutive home runs and Kaysee Talcik tossed a one-hitter as the Stratford Brakettes defeated the Connecticut Eliminators 12-1 Thursday night to earn a split of their doubleheader at Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field. The Eliminators won the opener, 3-0.

Denis, the Brakettes all-time home run leader, hit a solo shot in the first inning, a three-run home run in the second and capped it with a home run in the third to finish with five RBI.

Talcik (2-0) allowed only one hit, a two-out single in the fifth inning, and she struck out seven batters in the five-inning mercy-rule game.

Sam Rodriguez drove in three runs, Alex Heinen two and Lauren Pitney one in the second game.

from Sports https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Brakettes-salvage-doubleheader-split-with-13016044.php

Orcutt Boys and Girls Club brings Kvancz, Penders home

BRIDGEPORT — When he was growing up in Bridgeport, Jack Kvancz said, you might see a great high school basketball game on a given Friday night in the winter.

“Maybe it was a war,” said Kvancz, retired in Virginia after a long career as a college basketball coach (a career that began at Masuk High) and athletic director. “But if you went to the Boys Club on Saturday morning, you’d see an even better war.”

Kvancz and longtime college basketball coach Tom Penders, local legends and members of several halls of fame, were back in town Thursday night, honored with the Jerome Orcutt Lifetime Achievement Award from the East Side’s Orcutt Boys and Girls Club at a dinner at the Holiday Inn.

from Sports https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Orcutt-Boys-and-Girls-Club-brings-Kvancz-Penders-13016068.php

10 Takeaways at the Travelers Championship

Round 1 of the Travelers Championship is in the books with a leaderboard full of marquee names. Zach Johnson and defending champion Jordan Spieth are tied for the lead at 7-under par, while Rory McIlroy sits alongside two others at 6-under.

Here are the sights, sounds and observations from Thursday’s action at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.

1. FINDING SOME REST: Brooks Koepka hasn’t gotten much sleep since winning the U.S. Open Sunday. He returned to his Florida home at 4:30 a.m. on Monday, fell asleep 15 minutes later, then woke up to his friend, Dustin Johnson, standing in his living room at 8 a.m. By Wednesday, he was in Cromwell preparing for his third appearance at the Travelers.

from Sports https://www.ctpost.com/sports/article/10-Takeaways-13015817.php

U.S. Open champ Brooks Koepka happy to be back on course at Travelers

CROMWELL – There hasn’t been much time to rest in the three days since Brooks Koepka won a second successive U.S. Open on Sunday.

Heavy media obligations, and a little post-championship celebrating in the Hamptons, sapped much of his energy in the prelude to this week’s Travelers Championship – a commitment he kept despite an historic achievement not seen in a generation.

So it wasn’t surprising that in the moments after shooting a 68 in the opening round on Thursday at the TPC River Highlands, Koepka said he was looking forward to a nap.

Of course Koepka, whose chiseled physique more closely resembles a pro football player, said the nap was necessary only to rest up before a trip to the gym later that afternoon.

from Sports https://www.ctpost.com/sports/article/U-S-Open-champ-Brooks-Koepka-happy-to-be-back-on-13015160.php