Who's who in golf - Ronan Rafferty

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Name: - Ronan Rafferty
Country: - Northern Ireland
Born : - January 13th, 1964 in Newry, Northern Ireland.
Original Home/Club: - Warrenpoint GC and Ardglass GC.
Occupation: - Professional golfer, TV & radio commentator.
Turned Pro: - 1981
Web Address: - http://www.ronanraffertygolf.com

Roll of Honour

Walker Cup player (1981). Ryder Cup player (1989). Total professional wins (13), of which European Tr (7) and Australasian Tr (5).

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Rafferty is a former European Tour player who now devotes more time to TV commentary, as well as other golf pursuits, which include arranging luxury golf days and course design work. His crowning achievements on the European Tour came in 1989 when he won the European Tour's Order of Merit and also made his only Ryder Cup appearance. Rafferty is a connoisseur of wine and a "collector" of links golf courses; he intends playing everyone of the links courses in the British Isles.

Top tournaments won by Ronan Rafferty

1993Men EuropeAustrian OpenColony Club274 (-14)£41,660
Played as the Hohe Brucke Austrian Open (Aug 12-15; Eurpn Tr event). Rafferty (N.Ire) beat Anders Sorensen (Den) in a playoff. [West course, Colony Club Gutendorf, Himberg, Lower Austria].
1992Men EuropePortugal OpenVila Sol273 (-15)£37,500
Played as the Portuguese Open. Second-placed Anders Forsbrand (Swe) finished 1 shot behind Rafferty (N.Ire). [Vila Sol Resort, nr Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal].
1990Men EuropeEuropean MastersCrans-sur-Sierre267 (-21)£76,336
Played as the Ebel European Masters Swiss Open. Second-placed John Bland (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Rafferty (N.Ire). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
1990Men EuropePLM OpenBokskogens270 (-18)£58,330
Played as the PLM Open (Aug 2-5; in 1991 the PLM Open was merged into the Scandinavian Enterprise Open to create the Scandinavian Masters tournament). Second-placed Vijay Singh (Fiji) finished 4 shots behind Rafferty (N.Ire). [Bokskogens GC, Bara, nr Malmo, Sweden].
1989Men EuropeItalian OpenMonticello273 (-15)£42,589
Played as the Lancia Italian Open. Second-placed Sam Torrance (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Rafferty (N.Ire). [Red course, GC Monticello, Cassina Rizzardi, nr Como].
1989Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr£400,311see Score
Rafferty (N.Ire) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 1989 Volvo Order of Merit winner, with earnings of £400,311 on the Tour. Jose Maria Olazabal (Esp) was second with £336,239; Craig Parry (Aus) was third with £277,321.
1989Men EuropeScand Ent'prise OpenRoyal Drottningholm268 (-20)£55,810
Played as the Scandinavian Enterprise Open (Aug 3-6). Second-placed Michael Allen (USA) finished 2 shots behind Rafferty (N.Ire), who recorded his second European Tour win. [Royal Drottningholm GC, nr Stockholm; at the time known as Drottningholm GC].
1989Men EuropeVolvo MastersValderrama282 (-6)£66,660
Played as the Volvo Masters (Oct 26-29; Eurpn Tr season-ending event). Second-placed and defending champion Nick Faldo (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Rafferty (N.Ire). [Valderrama GC, San Roque, Spain].
1988Men EuropeEquity & Law ChallengeRoyal Mid-Surrey21 pts£21,000
Played as the Equity & Law Challenge (Oct 17/18; unofficial Eurpn Tr money event over 54 holes; pts accumulated based on eagles and birdies). Second-placed and defending champion Barry Lane (Eng) finished 1 point behind Rafferty (N.Ire). [Composite course, Royal Mid-Surrey GC, Richmond, Surrey].
1987Men Aus/NZNew Zealand OpenRoyal Wellington279 (-9)
Played as the Nissan-Mobil New Zealand Open (Dec 10-13). Ronan Rafferty (N.Ire) beat Larry Nelson (USA) with a par at the seventh sudden-death playoff hole. [Wellington GC, Heretaunga, Upper Hutt, nr Wellington, NZ; from 2004 Royal Wellington GC].
1982Men AmericaVenezuela OpenLagunita CC272 (-8)
Played as the Venezuelan Open. Won by 18-year-old Rafferty (N.Ire), who recorded his first win as a professional. [Lagunita CC, nr Caracas, Venezuela].
1979Men AmateurBritish Amateur (Boys)Kilmarnock (Barassie)6 & 5amateur
Played as the Boys Amateur Championship. Rafferty (N.Ire) beat D. Ray 6 and 5 in the 36-hole final match. [Kilmarnock (Barassie) GC, Troon, Ayrshire].


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