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Caolan Rafferty

Caolan Rafferty

Caolan Rafferty

Caolan Rafferty will never forget his start at Greenore Golf Club, but his career took off when he moved to Dundalk in 2014, culminating in his selection for Great Britain and Ireland for the 2019 Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool.

Joining James Sugrue and Conor Purcell at Hoylake was a proud moment for Rafferty and Dundalk, who this week recognised his achievement by unveiling a special cabinet featuring his golf bag, blazer and other memorabilia from that memorable week.

“When the opportunity arose to join Dundalk, I couldn’t turn it down because it was so close to home. Everybody agreed at the time that it was for the better,” Rafferty said of his decision to move from Greenore. “That kick-started me, and having it so close that I could go over whenever I wanted, I found myself playing more and more and more.”

While he was a frequent contender in many championships, Rafferty struggled to get recognition for his talent.

“I wasn’t on any Irish or Leinster team until 2016 so getting them ticked off was the priority,” Rafferty said of his career trajectory.

He took a massive step towards international recognition when he won the 2018 South of Ireland Championship at Lahinch and followed that with victory in the 2019 West of Ireland Championship at County Sligo, winning the first strokeplay edition of the famous Rosses Point event by four strokes on 12-under par.

Sadly for Rafferty, injury and Covid-19 conspired to deny him a second cap at Seminole last year, but he appears to be close to his best again and having regained his place on the Irish team this week, who would write him off for St Andrews 2023?

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