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CRANSTONâ€”For many of the Southern Rhode Island locals competing in the 82nd Rhode Island Open this week at Alpine Country Club in Cranston, Tuesdayâ€™s opening round was unforgiving. And it had nothing to do with the weather.
â€śIt was perfect,â€ť said John Rainone, who plays out of North Kingstown Golf Club. â€śIt wasnâ€™t like it was raining heavy or anything. It was the perfect conditions to play in as you can see from some of the scores.
â€śYou couldnâ€™t ask for an easier day weather-wise to play golf, so no excuses there.â€ť
CRANSTON â€“ When the rain came through on Tuesday morning, it made the course soft. Ideal conditions to shoot the number of low scores that adorned the top of the leader board through the opening round of the 82nd Rhode Island Open Championship at Alpine Country Club.
The Sun came out on Wednesday, though, and with it came the wind, which made for a much different story.
CRANSTONâ€”It was a tough spring for 2013 Prout graduate Matt Costaregni.
An injury during the winter set him back for the start of the season and just as he had returned to the top of his game another one dashed his hopes of an individual state golf title.
â€śCollar bone, I broke it skiing,â€ť Costaregni said of the injury that plagued him to start the spring. â€śThen like a week before states I broke my ankle playing basketball and missed two months from that so Iâ€™ve really only been back for a month or so.
CRANSTONâ€”After playing in a number of tournaments together this summer Charlie Blanchard and McKinley Slade were once again on the course at the same time Tuesday and Wednesday for the 82nd Rhode Island Open Championships.
Rest assured though, it wonâ€™t be the last time the two see each other.
In just a few short weeks Slade â€“ a 2013 graduate of South Kingstown High â€“ will be off to Bryant University to continue his academic and golf career, the latter under Blanchardâ€™s tutelage.
RUMFORDâ€”Senioritis isnâ€™t an actual medical condition but anyone who has walked the halls of a high school during the spring can tell you that it does in fact exist.
Most seniors spend their last few months of high school counting down the days until graduation and once theyâ€™re out, theyâ€™re gone.
After four years of linoleum floors, detention slips and research papers the last thing any soon-to-be college freshman wants to do is anything associated with high school.
KINGSTON â€” The beginning of Saturdayâ€™s scrimmage exhibited the chicken-or-the-egg conundrum the up-tempo Rhode Island offense faces this season.
The Rams want to run their zone-read attack at a fast pace, but they canâ€™t play fast if they arenâ€™t make plays. However, the Rams make plays when they are moving quickly and keeping the defense off-balance.
KINGSTON â€” Elijah Saintfleur has plenty of time to earn a starting spot on the Rhode Island offense, but he isnâ€™t wasting any of it.
The red-shirt freshman tight end from West Warwick was one of the stars of the off-season training program who also had a superb spring game. Saintfleur impressed coach Joe Trainer to the point that Saintfleur started Saturdayâ€™s first scrimmage of camp playing with the first unit.
When the 2013 Rhode Island Lifeguard Tournament came to a close on Saturday evening at East Matunuck, as has been nearly as much of a tradition as the tournament itself since the turn of the century, the lifeguards of Narragansett Town Beach swept the nightâ€™s events to cap off yet another tournament championship.
KINGSTON â€” Rhode Island football coach Joe Trainer isnâ€™t a poker player, but when he was trying to come up with a theme for the 2013 campaign following an embarrassing, winless 2012 season, he was immediately drawn to poker.
â€śEvery year we try to come up with a mantra,â€ť Trainer said after Saturdayâ€™s first scrimmage of training camp. â€śItâ€™s human nature when youâ€™re not having success â€“ trying to make it a monetary analysis â€“ you cash out. In society you donâ€™t double down when youâ€™re not having success.
Conditions could not have been better for the Narrow River ESA SUP Race Series No. 2, held this past Sunday at Narrow River.
Racers from as far away as Utah competed, as well as some very fast Bay Staters, who travelled to challenge the local competitors.
Race Director Jason Considine of Narrow River Kayak plotted out an entirely new course for this 4.5-mile race, which directed competitors north up the river, into a small inlet, and then back out again.