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Dave Ragan

Dave Ragan
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name David William Ragan, Jr.
Born (1935-08-07) August 7, 1935
Daytona Beach, Florida
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality  United States
College University of Florida
Turned professional 1956
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T25: 1960, 1962
U.S. Open T12: 1963
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship 2nd: 1963

David William Ragan, Jr. (born August 7, 1935) is an American former professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Senior PGA Tour.

Ragan was born in Daytona Beach, Florida. He attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for the Florida Gators men's golf team in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) competition from 1954 to 1956.[1] During his time as a Gator golfer, he was a member of the Gators team that finished sixth in the NCAA national tournament in 1955, and won the first two Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships in team history in 1955 and 1956.[1] As a senior in 1956, he won the SEC individual championship, and was recognized as an All-American.[1][2] Ragan was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great."[3]

Ragan turned professional in 1956 and played on the PGA Tour in the late 1950s and 1960s, winning three times. He finished second to Jack Nicklaus in the 1963 PGA Championship.[4] He was a member of the 1963 Ryder Cup team.

In the early 1980s, he was the coach for the Tennessee Temple Crusaders golf team of Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee.[5] He was also the coach of the Ragin' Cajuns golf team at University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana. From 1984 to 1986, he worked in partnership with Jack Wall and Bobby Greenwood at the Master's School of Golf.[6] He played sparingly on the Senior PGA Tour starting in 1987.

Golf Digest magazine recognized Ragan as one of the top golf instructors in the state of Alabama in 2007.[7] He is currently a teaching pro at Inverness Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama. His son, Dave III, is a teaching pro in Miami.[8] Another one of his sons, Chuck is a singer/songwriter, as well as the frontman for the influential punk rock group Hot Water Music.

Professional wins (9)

PGA Tour (3)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Jun 7, 1959 Eastern Open Invitational –15 (69-68-66-70=273) 1 stroke Gene Littler
2 Nov 4, 1962 Beaumont Open Invitational –5 (70-72-71-70=283) 3 strokes Dow Finsterwald, Lionel Hebert,
Don Massengale
3 Dec 2, 1962 West Palm Beach Open Invitational –11 (70-72-67-68=277) Playoff Doug Sanders
PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)
No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1962 West Palm Beach Open Invitational Doug Sanders Won with birdie on second extra hole

Other (6)

This list is possibly incomplete

See also


  1. ^ a b c Florida Men's Golf 2011 Media Supplement, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 35, 39, 41 (2010). Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  2. ^ 2008–09 Florida Gators Men's Golf Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 36 (2008). Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  3. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  4. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  5. ^ "Covenant Promotes Tom Schreiner to Head Golf Coach". Retrieved 2007-12-11. 
  6. ^ "Bobby Greenwood, PGA Career Timeline". Retrieved 2007-12-11. 
  7. ^ "Best Teachers in Your State". Golf Digest. Retrieved 2007-12-11. 
  8. ^ "Dave Ragan, III". Retrieved 2007-12-11. 
  9. ^ "Ragan wins last big tournament".  

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