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Rhode Island native and current CVS/Caremark Charity Classic co-host Billy Andrade joins the field of the Rhode Island Open this week for the first time in almost 30 years, RIGA Executive Director Bob Ward announced after the 29th Stroke Play Championship last Wednesday.
Andrade and the rest of the field will play at Ledgemont Country Club Tuesday and Wednesday and the top 40 plus ties come back for the final round Thursday.
Andrade tees off the 10th hole Tuesday at 8:36 a.m. with RIGA Amateur champion Charlie Blanchard and Geoffrey Fisk; the trio tee off No. 1 Wednesday at 12:51.
There are several locals in the field competing as amateurs; Jamestownâs Andrew Fiorenzano, who also plays at the University of Rhode Island; Coventryâs Andy Calcione; Coventryâs Seamus Fennelly, who also plays at URI; Wakefieldâs George Donnell; Coventryâs Mike Soucy; West Warwick Country Clubâs Don Wright; former URI golfer Paul Quigley; current URI golfer Jeffrey Ray; North Kingstown Golf Course professionals John Rainone and Brian Owens; and Point Judith Country Club assistant pro Jeffrey Martin.
The tournament is free to the public.