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February 20, 2023 / 2023 Power 50

2023 Power 50: 33. Nathan Grube

HBJ PHOTO | STEVE LASCHEVER Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube in his downtown Hartford office.

The Travelers Championship is arguably Connecticut’s most high-profile annual sporting event and leading it for the last nearly two decades has been Nathan Grube. 

Grube, executive director of the tournament and CEO of the Greater Hartford Foundation Inc., has helped make Travelers Championship one of the highest-rated tournaments on the PGA Tour among players, and that quality will be rewarded in 2023. 

The PGA Tour awarded the tournament a new elevated status this year, which will guarantee top-ranked players attend the event and provide a higher purse.

Elevated-status tournaments are the PGA Tour’s response to a new competitor, the Saudi-backed LIV Tour, which has recruited some well-known U.S. golfers by guaranteeing them millions of dollars. 

Grube has led the Travelers Championship since 2005, during which time the tournament has raised more than $20 million for charity. In addition to receiving the “Players Choice” award in 2017 and 2018, the Travelers Championship was named “Tournament of the Year” by the PGA Tour in 2017.

Grube has long ties to the game of golf. After graduating from Auburn University in 1996 with a degree in mass communications, he worked for the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Academy of Golf as an instructor through 2001 while playing professional golf on various tours throughout the Southeast. 

He then went to work for the Bruno Event Team from 2001 to 2004, where he was the executive director of The First Tee of Greater Birmingham in Alabama. He also worked on all four major professional golf tours in the United States, including serving as tournament director for the Southern Farm Bureau Classic. 

In 2022, the Travelers Championship generated $2.5 million to benefit more than 130 charitable organizations.

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