Name:Noel Anthony Ratcliffe
Born:Jan 17, 1945 in Sydney, Australia.
Multiple winner on the European, European Seniors, Australasian and other international tours. European Seniors Tour Order of Merit winner (2000).
During his professional golfing career Ratcliffe was equally at home playing on the tours in Australasia and Europe. He took up relatively late for a future professional, not owning a set of clubs until he was 21-years-old. He worked for an insurance company and in public service before becoming a professional golfer in 1974.
Played as the AIB Irish Seniors Open in association with Greenstar & Fáilte Ireland (June 3-5). Second placed Luis Carbonetti (Arg) finished 2 shots behind Noel Ratcliffe (Aus), who recorded his second win in three years in this event, and the last of his eight European Senior Tour wins. [The Heritage, Killenard, Co. Laois, Ireland].
Played as the AIB Irish Seniors Open (May 16-18). Second-placed Delroy Cambridge (Jam), Martin Gray (Scot) and Bob Lendzion (USA) finished 1 shot behind Noel Ratcliffe (Aus). [Adare Manor Resort, Adare, Co. Limerick].
Played as the Beko Classic (May 3-5). Second-placed Terry Gale (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Ratcliffe (Aus). [Gloria Resort, Belek, nr Antalya, Turkey].
Played as the De Vere Hotels Seniors Classic (Aug 3-5). Second-placed Jerry Bruner (USA) and Simon Owen (NZ) finished 1 shot behind Ratcliffe (Aus), who closed with two eagles in the final three holes to snatch victory. [Priestman course, Slaley Hall Resort, Hexham, Northumberland].
Eurpn Snr Tr
Ratcliffe (Aus) won the Eurpn Snr Tr 2000 Order of Merit and associated John Jacobs Trophy, with earnings of €163,166 on the Tour. John Grace (USA) finished second with €161,525; Denis O'Sullivan (Ire) was third with €156,966.
Played as The Scotsman Scottish Seniors Open (Sept 1-3). Second-placed Trevor Downing (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Noel Ratcliffe (Aus). [East course, Dalmahoy Hotel & CC, Midlothian].
Played as the TEMES Seniors Open (Sept 22-24; formerly the Greek Seniors Open). Second-placed Maurice Bembridge (Eng) and Denis O'Sullivan (Ire) finished 2 shots behind Ratcliffe (Aus). [Glyfada GC of Athens, Greece].
Played as the inaugural Manadens Affarer Seniors Open (June 26-28). Second-placed Steve Wild (Eng) finished 7 shots behind Noel Ratcliffe (Aus), who recorded the first of his eight European Senior Tour wins. [Fagelbro G&CC, Varmdo, nr Stockholm, Sweden].
Played as the German Senior Open. Second-placed David Creamer (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Ratcliffe (Aus). [GC Owingen-Überlingen, Überlingen, nr Konstanz, Germany].
Played as the Australian Senior Open. Second-placed J. Klatt (Aus) and Hiroshi Tahara (Jpn) finished 4 shots behind Ratcliffe (Aus). [Yarra Yarra GC, Bentleigh East, nr Melbourne, Aus].
Played as the Benson & Hedges International Open (Aug 13-16). Second-placed Ove Sellberg (Swe) finished 2 shots behind Ratcliffe (Aus), who recorded the second of his two European Tour wins. [Fulford GC, York, North Yorkshire].
Played as the Belgian Open (June 8-11; played for the first time since 1958). Second-placed Chris Tickner (Aus) finished 1 shot behind first-time European Tour winner Ratcliffe (Aus). [Royal GC of Belgium (Ravenstein), Tervuren, nr Brussels].
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