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Ray Beaufils

Ray Beaufils

Current Residence: Phoenix, Ariz.
Hometown: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Home Golf Courses: Desert Forest Golf Club, Phoenix, Ariz.; Druid Hills Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga.; Lakelands Golf Club, Gold Coast, Australia
College: Australian Institute of Sport

Career Stats:
-    Conditional status on the Web.com Tour (formerly Nationwide Tour) in 2010.
-    Two-time winner on the Gateway Tour.  Playing full-time on Gateway Tour in 2012, with two top-10 finishes.
-    Won first two events after turning professional in 2009.
Personal:  Former rugby player, had contract offers to play Rugby League football in Australia.

On his journey to become a professional golfer:
 “I have always wanted to be a professional golfer since a young age.  I played amateur golf at an elite level through the Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian National Squad.  A short temper mixed with no patience pushed me into early retirement.  After a six-month layoff where I was doing manual labor for the family business pulling cables, I was tricked into a round of golf with a former famous cricketer.  After going 7-under through 11 holes, I was told by more than one person to give golf another try.  After playing a few more amateur events here in the U.S., I turned professional in July, 2009, and earned conditional status on the Nationwide Tour (now the Web.com Tour) in 2010.

“I had always played through a funny knee injury that continued to flare up the more I tried to change my impact position.  While competing on the Nationwide Tour, I finally decided to have an MRI.  Come to find out I had to go under the knife to repair a tear in my left knee.  Overcoming that injury has been my biggest obstacle in returning to form and regaining my confidence to make it to the PGA TOUR.