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GOLF: Farewell to Ralph.

FORMER Ryder Cup player and Hearsall professional Ralph Moffitt has died.

Born in Ryton on Tyne in 1932, Raph was part of the 1961 Great Britain team which lost at Royal Lytham and St Annes 141/2-91/2 to an American team which included Arnold Palmer and Billy Casper.

Among Ralph's team-mates for that tournament were Peter Alliss, Neil Coles, Dai Rees, Christy O'Conner and Atherstone's Bernard Hunt.

Among his other successes in the early sixties he tied for first place in the 1960 Dunlop tournament and was runner-up to the legendary Australian Peter Thompson in the 1961 News of the World Matchplay at Walton Heath.

It was these results which helped push Ralph in to the Ryder Cup team where he was beaten in the second day singles by Mike Souchak.

Ralph spent 24 years as the club professional at Hearsall after moving from Coventry GC where he was assistant pro.

In 1979 he moved to Gorleston GC in East Anglia and retired there in 1992.

After a short illness he died at his home in Great Yarmouth aged 71 where he lived with his wife, Ethel.

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TEAM PLAYER: Ralph Moffitt pictured in 1967
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 30, 2003
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