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AROUND THE HORN: Koepka commits to Travelers; Gitterman gains racquetball renown; Southington Y staging virtual run; locals featured in St. Joe’s charter group

AROUND THE HORN: Koepka commits to Travelers; Gitterman gains racquetball renown; Southington Y staging virtual run; locals featured in St. Joe’s charter group



Koepka adds cache to Travelers field

CROMWELL — The Travelers Championship continues to line up as must-see TV.

The tournament announced Thursday that Brooks Koepka has committed to the 2020 event. That gives the Travelers three of the top four players in the current top 10 of the world rankings: No. 1 Rory McIlroy, No. 3 Koepka and No. 4 Justin Thomas.

The field also features Patrick Cantlay and Patrick Reed, who are tied at No. 7.

This will be the fifth appearance at the Travelers Championship for Koepka, the two-time U.S. Open champ.

This year’s Travelers plays the weekend of June 25-28 at TPC River Highlands. It is one of the spectator-free events being staged as the PGA Tour resumes in June.

The Golf Channel will broadcast all four rounds. CBS will have coverage on Saturday and Sunday.

Gitterman garners racquetball award

MERIDEN — Glen Gitterman is best known on the area sports scene for wrestling. He’s a referee and he’s the director of Meriden Youth Wrestling.

Turns out he’s got a passion for racquetball, too.

Two years ago, Gitterman helped revive a Connecticut Racquetball Association that had lain dormant for half a decade. For that work, he’s been recognized by USA Racquetball, which has issued its 2019 Presidents Award to Gitterman and fellow Connectiut chapter president Trudi Angiollo of Branford.

Gitterman and Angiollo, along with vice president Matt Zalegowski and treasurer Betsy Keating, both of North Haven, re-established the Connecticut Racquetball Association and have built membership to more than 250 players.

The group’s signature event, the CT Open Tournament, has already grown into New England’s largest racquetball tournament. It drew players from New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Arizona to North Haven Health and Racquet Club this February and featured $15,000 in prize money.

Gitterman, a physical therapist, is site director for ProHealth Physical Therapy in Manchester.

Southington YMCA staging virtual run

SOUTHINGTON — The Southington YMCA’s “Real Heroes Wear Masks Virtual Run” continues through the rest of the month.

There are five events to choose from: 5K, 10K, half marathon and family run. There’s also the “Virtual Triple,” a combination of 5K, 10K and half marathon.

The events can be done anytime and anywhere. Participants can also opt to bike or walk.

Proceeds will support local individuals and families facing challenges during the coronavirus pandemic.

To sign up, visit realheroeswearmasksvirtualrun.itsyourrace.com.

Locals in St. Joe’s charter group

WEST HARTFORD — The University of Saint Joseph has established a chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national honor society for college athletes.

Among St. Joe’s 12-member charter group were tennis player Domonique Carnot of Meriden and softball players Alessandra Milardo and Michelle Woodruff of Southington.

To be inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, a student-athlete must have achieved at least junior academic standing by their fifth semester, earned a varsity letter and accrued a GPA of at least 3.4.


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