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slides: Greatest Athletes In Rhode Island History: East Bay

Thursday, July 26, 2012

 

Time to tee it up. If you're looking to improve your golf game, East Bay is the place to go.

The area is loaded with professional golfers, with four coming from Barrington alone. Brad Faxon, Billy Andrade, and Dana and Brett Quigley all highlight this list, as does another golfing legend whose name you may not be familiar with.

It's not all about golf---there are baseball stars, football legends and even a soccer stud on this list. Still, when it comes to hitting the links, there's no competing with the East Bay alumni.

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Barrington

#1: Brad Faxon, PGA Tour. 

Barrington is all about golf, and Faxon is the best in the town's history. 

A two-time Ryder Cup selection, Faxon won 8 events in 28 years on the PGA Tour.

He led the Tour in putting average in 1996, '98, '99, and 2000, and became  a household name with his play in the 1990s.

Faxon now competes on the Champions Tour.

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Barrington

Runner up:

Brett Quigley, PGA Tour.

Brett has made over $10 million on the PGA Tour, and finished in the top 20 on the money list in 2006.

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Barrington

Runner up:

Dana Quigley, PGA Senior Tour.

Dana Quigley has won 3 Senior PGA Tour events and was a seven-time New England PGA Player of the Year.

He was inducted into the New England PGA Hall of Fame in 2000.

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Barrington

Runner up: 

Julie Greene, women's professional golf.

Greene was an 11-time Women's Golf Association champion who won her first title in 1963.

Remarkably, she won titles in four decades, winning her last in 1998. 

She passed away in 2006 at the age of 70.

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Bristol

Runner up:

Billy Andrade, PGA Tour.

Another East Bay golfer, Andrade has won four career PGA events.

He placed sixth in both the 1991 U.S. Open and the  2001 PGA championship, and has been on the Tour since 1987.

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Bristol

Runner up:

Roland Rodrigues, football.

The all-state running back set school records for single season and career rushing yards with Bristol High School in 1959.

He was named to Sports Illustrated's list of 50 Greatest Athletes, from Rhode Island, in 1999. 

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Warren

#1: Mark Portugal, MLB.

Portugal pitched in the major leagues from 1985-99, and finished with 109 career wins and a 4.03 ERA.

His best season came in 1993, when he posted an 18-4 with a 2.77 ERA for the Houston Astros.

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Tiverton

Jacob and Zachary Kapstein, professional baseball.

The brothers each starred for Tiverton High School before being chosen in the MLB Draft.

Zach was chosen by the Boston Red Sox in 2010 and is currently playing for the Lowell Spinners.

Jake was drafted by the Detroit Tigers this past season after hitting .341 for Tiverton.

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Little Compton

#1: Bertrand Shurtleff, NFL.

The offensive tackle from Adamsville spent three seasons in the NFL with the Providence Steam Rollers and Boston Bulldogs in the 1920s.

He started five games during his career.

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Little Compton

Runner up:

Kate Mercier and Caitlin Springer, soccer.

The duo were an outstanding soccer tandem at Middletown High School in the mid-to-late '90s. 

Both went on to star at Northeastern University.

 
 

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