Branford’s Callia Ricozzi excited for her spot in Junior Pro-Am

Callia Ricozzi doesn’t have a favorite pro golfer, but that may change this Tuesday.

The First Tee of Connecticut helped SportzEdge identify Ricozzi as a junior golfer deserving of the opportunity to be  among the 36 junior golfers who will play alongside PGA Tour professionals in the Travelers’ Championship Junior Pro-Am this Tuesday.

The event will feature junior golfers, their junior caddies and some of the best players in the world in a nine-hole scramble on the front nine of TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.

Callia said she’s both nervous and excited for the opportunity. “I was very shocked when I got the email asking me to play,” she said. “There were only four slots available, and my name got called up.”

Ricozzi has been playing since her father taught her the game at a young age, but she picked it up again during the summer of her eighth grade year because she wanted to play for her high school team.

She said she usually plays nine holes, and she’s never finished 18—with her shoes on.

“The one time I did play 18, I had to play the back nine in my socks,” she said. “My shoes were killing me.”

Look for Callia and another  SportzEdge player on the course and the entire News 8 team in the Fan Zone throughout the week of the tournament. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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