He got his first set of golf clubs when he was a toddler and never put them down. Eight-year-old Asher Katz has been playing golf since he could walk and this week the Ridgefield boy was lucky enough to swing his clubs with some of golf’s elite players at the Travelers Championship. Asher was one of the youngest of 40 golfers selected to participate in this year’s Eversource PGA TOUR Player Experience for Junior Golfers at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.

“It was so cool to play with pro golfers. I learned a lot,” said Asher. “I love to play golf and I hope the tips I learned will help me improve my game.”

Asher was selected for the Player Experience based on a personal essay about his golf experience and how he could benefit from the opportunity to participate.  In addition to playing with some of the pros, Hayden and the other chosen participants attended private golf clinics, a Q-and-A session with the elite players, and a dinner reception.

“This is an excellent opportunity for these young golfers. They are learning and developing lifelong skills through the game of golf from some of the games’ best,” said Eversource President of Corporate Citizenship Rod Powell. “We’re committed to serving the neighborhoods where we work and live and that includes supporting the health and well-being of the young people in our communities, which is why we are so proud to sponsor the Player Experience.”

The partnership between Eversource, the Travelers Championship, The First Tee of Connecticut and the Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf Association focuses on bringing the game to young people, improving player development, increasing accessibility to the game, and retaining golfers for the future of the sport.

The Travelers Championship has generated more than $38 million for charity since 1952 and donates 100 percent of net proceeds to those organizations.  Last year alone, the Travelers Championship generated more than $1.7 million for more than165 charities throughout the New England region.