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The Balanced Billy Andrade
John Torsiello
By John Torsiello
Published on 03/10/2005

Rhode Island's Billy Andrade is a man who finds himself in perfect balance.
Rhode Island's Billy Andrade is a man who finds himself in perfect balance.

"I'm happy witRhode Island's Billy Andradeh my life and the direction it is going right now," said the 39-year-old, who splits time between his native state and Atlanta, Ga. "I've had chances to get into some course designing with Tom Fazio. But on Tour, we already spend so much time away from our families and being away even more isnít what I want at this point. I enjoy being with my family, seeing my two children (Cameron and Grace) and spending time with my wife (Jody).

Andrade was back in his home state for the summer months and teamed up with PGA Tour buddy and fellow Rhode Islander, Brad Faxon, for the 2003 CVS Charity Classic played at Rhode Island Country Club in late June. The event, which involved 10, two-man teams made up of Tour headliners, was once again a smashing success as 20,000 fans turned out for the tournament carried live on ESPN.

Andrade--a four-time winner on Tour--and Faxon also run a celebrity tournament every other year at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, R.I. It's a private affair that raises money for the two players' charitable foundation. Their two tournaments have raised around $8 million for various charities, a figure that Andrade is extremely proud of.
"This is a small state, but we have managed to have a big impact with money the tournaments have raised. It's isn't just me and Brad, but a whole lot of other people and the local community in general that have made our efforts successful."

Andrade, who was born in Bristol, R.I., said giving back to the community has always been a priority. He and Faxon have received several awards for their charitable works.

"Brad and I were raised with the same values and giving back to the community though our golf is something that has been a priority since day one. I donít think it was ever `We're going to do something if we make it big.' It's what we have always wanted to do."
Andrade and Faxon have enjoyed a close friendship on Tour, which can often be a lonely place even for megastars. Faxon is three years older and became something of a big brother to Andrade.

"When I first came on Tour, Brad took care of me and was always there when I needed something. What he has done for me and my career is way beyond the call of duty. We used to hang out a lot when we were younger, but we both have families and responsibilities. We still play practice rounds together as much as we can."

Even though Rhode Island is the smallest state in the union, itís plenty big enough for two PGA Tour big hitters.
"Beating Brad has never motivated me," said Andrade. "I always try as hard as I can, but I don't have a competitive thing with him like I have with some guys. I've always been motivated by his desire and how positive he is. It's been a blast when have been able to team up for tournaments."

Andrade and Faxon partnered for this year's CVS Charity Classic, losing by a stroke to Jeff Sluman and Rocco Mediate. While a victory would have been sweet, the success of the tournament is more important, said Andrade.
"The weather was great and the guys at Rhode Island Country Club did a tremendous job getting the course in shape. They had about 50 people from the club and other courses in the state out there getting the course ready for the tournament. It turned out super and the crowds were fantastic. We raised over $1 million for charity and that's the best news."
Andrade was not pleased with his game as summer rolled around. He was 42nd on the money list last year with $1.43 million, but had totaled only $273,000 through the Buick Classic at Westchester Country Club in 2003.

"I've always been a slow starter, but I'm not happy with my results so far this year. I'm a 62-hole golfer right now instead of a 72-hole golfer. But I'm putting in the effort and I've got some tournaments coming up--like the Greater Hartford Open--that I have always loved. I'm close to putting it all together."
Rhode Islanders have felt Billy Andrade has always had it together.