Golfers ready to tee it up at CVS Classic
The 15th annual CVS Caremark Classic takes to the links at Rhode Island Country Club on Nayatt Road in Barrington beginning Sunday, June 23.
The charity event is hosted by professional golfers Brad Faxon of Barrington and Billy Andrade, a native of Bristol. The CVS Caremark Charity Classic offers fans the chance to enjoy world-class golf in a relaxed atmosphere while helping to support hundreds of New England area charities. Since 1999, the CVS Caremark Charity Classic has given more than $16 million to charities around the region. The tournament is Rhode Island’s largest charitable sporting event and hosts some of the best PGA and LPGA professional golfers in the world.
The three-day tournament begins with the Pepsi Pro-Am on Sunday, June 23, followed by the two-day tournament on Monday and Tuesday with a roster that includes both male and female professional golfers. The first-place team from both Sunday’s morning and afternoon Pepsi Pro-Am rounds will compete in the Pepsi MAX shootout during regular tournament play on Monday.
Tournament activities begin at 9 a.m. Monday morning with a fun clinic featuring Dan Hicks, NBC’s voice for golf and Notre Dame football coverage. The clinic will feature a skills challenge that includes all 20 main field professionals. Trick shot artist and two-time RE/MAX World Long-Drive Champion Jamie Sadlowski will also provide entertainment. The first round of tournament competition begins immediately following the clinic with the final round scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m.
This year, children will have an opportunity to take to the greens during the All Kids Can Three-Hole Challenge. Designed to offer youngsters of all abilities a chance to participate in the tournament and experience golf like the pros, this unique challenge will be held on holes 16-18 the morning of Monday, June 24. Five foursomes, each comprised of children representing a variety of the tournament’s charity partners as well as a member of the Barrington High School golf team, will participate in the activity.
Another activity for golfers of all abilities and ages is a clinic facilitated by professionals from the New England PGA, providing one-on-one golf tips for attendees. There is no need to bring golf clubs, the NEPGA will provide all equipment and range balls as well as expert tips and advice. Times for the clinic are: Sunday, June 23 from 2-5 p.m.; Monday from 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.; and Tuesday from 11:30 - 2:30 p.m.
New for 2013, the CVS Caremark Charity Classic is honoring veterans by offering complimentary admission for all active, reserve and retired military service members and their dependents. Veterans must present a valid Common Access Card or Retired Military Card at the gate any day throughout the three-day tournament. Police and Fire department employees and their families also receive free admission with a valid ID.
• Tickets for the 2013 CVS Caremark Charity Classic are available through a special offer at CVS/pharmacy stores in Rhode Island as well as select CVS/pharmacy locations in Southeastern Massachusetts. Fans can purchase select products to receive a voucher good for one good-any-day ticket. Visit cvscharityclassic.com for details on eligible products.
• Fans can purchase a three-day pass ($60) or single, good-any-day tickets ($25) by calling 866-CVS-9441 or visiting cvscharityclassic.com. Children 17 and under are free with a ticketed adult. The tournament also offers tickets to the Wine Pavilion presented by Robert Mondavi Private Selection. Open to attendees ages 21 or older, the Wine Pavilion is located between the 16th and 17th fairways along Narragansett Bay and offers daily food and wine samplings provided by award-winning Robert Mondavi, Clos Du Bois and Blackstone wines. Tickets to the pavilion tent are $50 per day.
First day tee times:
• 10:30 a.m.
Michael Thompson and Fuzzy Zoeller
Lexi Thompson and Peter Jacobsen
Pepsi MAX Shootout Team 1
Juli Inkster and Russell Henley
Annika Sorenstam and Billy Horschel
Pepsi MAX Shootout Team 2
Bo Van Pelt and Steve Stricker
Jeff Sluman and Brad Faxon
Morgan Pressel and Jay Haas
Bill Haas and Billy Andrade
Nick Price and Louis Oosthuizen
Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson
— By Joan D. Warren