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    Steve Ratay  
    Steve Ratay

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Arlington Heights, Illinois

    High School:
    John Hersey

    Birthdate:
    12/27/1979

    Experience:
    4th Season


    Enters his final season at Notre Dame as one of the top players in school history ... finished the fall of 2001 with a 72.80 average, which puts him on pace to beat the single-season record of 73.13 (held by Joe Grace ?55-?56) ... his 74.82 career average is fifth-best in school history ... candidate for Academic All-America honors this season after being a third team Verizon Academic All-American on the spring at-large team ... owns a 3.793 cumulative grade-point average as a computer science major in the College of Engineering ... qualifed for the U.S. Amateur in August of 2001 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga. ... missed the cut after rounds of 72 and 79 for a 151 total ... qualified for the Amateur by taking co-medalist honors at the Qualifier held at the Warren Golf Course in late July where he shot a 72-69 for a 141 total ... solid, consistent golfer who is consistent off the tee and has developed a strong short game ... has all the tools to play at the next level ... burst on the college golf scene in the fall of 1999 after a strong summer showing at the Western Amateur (72-69-74-73, at Point ?O Woods Country Club in Benton Harbor, Mich.) and his medalist finish in the fall of 1999 at The Legends of Indiana Intercollegiate (in his first-ever rounds on The Legends course) ... his 83 career rounds include 22 of par or lower, 48 of 75 or lower and just nine of 80-plus ... has a familiar name to fans of Notre Dame athletics, as his cousin, Alicia Ratay, currently is a junior shooting guard on the Irish women?s basketball team ... his first seven semesters at Notre Dame have yielded GPAs of 3.6 or higher (all Dean?s List), including a 3.73 in the 2001 fall semester ... one of 47 current Notre Dame student-athletes who are invited participants in the Academic Honors Program, which pairs top student-athletes who excel at the highest level with faculty member mentors.

    IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOK:

    Has turned in some of the top performances in the history of Notre Dame golf ... heads into the spring season with a 72.80 stroke average for 2001-02 ... has seen his career average fall to 74.82 which ranks him fifth in the Notre Dame record book ... first round, five-under par 66 at Xavier Provident Invitational (spring of ?01) ties him for the second lowest round in school history ... owns four of the top 10 54-hole scores in Irish history including the second-best score of three-under par 210 at last fall?s Xavier Provident Invitational where he finished fourth ... others include a four-under par 212 at the Wisconsin Invitational in the fall of 2000 where he took medalist honors ... an even-par 213 at the Xavier Invitational in fall of ?99 and a two-under 214 at The Legends of Indiana in the fall of ?99 ... his 142 at the Kent State FirstEnergy Invitational (spring of 2001) ties him for the third-best 36-hole score by an Irish golfer in the 1990s ... only Notre Dame golfer to medal or co-medal in three tournaments ... has three firsts, two seconds, a fourth and a fifth-place finish during his career ... has won at the Legends of Indiana (fall of ?99), the Wisconsin Invitational (fall of 2000) and the BIG EAST Championship (spring of ?01).

    AS A SENIOR (Fall of ?01):

    Was Notre Dame?s top finisher in two of four tournaments in the fall ... fired a 10-over par 226 (76-77-73) at Ball State?s Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational ... tied for 27th at Wolverine Invitational with a six-over par 148 after a pair of 74?s ... shot an opening round 66 (-5) on way to a fourth-place finish at the Xavier Provident Invitational ... finished with a three-under par 210 (66-71-73) ... closed the fall with an eighth-place finish at the Tillinghast Invitational at Quaker Ridge Country Club with a four-over par total of 144 (71-73) ... opened the fall with a fifth-place finish at the Campus Championship with a 297 (73-73-75-76) at the Warren Golf Course.

    AS A JUNIOR:

    Selected third team Verizon Academic All-American for the spring at-large team ... was winner of Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award for the men?s golf team ... top Irish golfer in the spring with a 73.81 average and for the year with a 73.68 mark which is the second-best single-season average in school history ... had 25 of his 28 rounds count towards team scoring ... was Notre Dame?s top finisher in final two tournaments of the season tying for second at the FirstEnergy Intercollegiate and then taking co-medalist honors at the BIG EAST Championship ... started the spring by tying Alex Kent for 32nd at the El Diablo Intercollegiate in Citrus Springs, Fla. with a four-over par 148 (71-77) ... finished second among Irish golfers and tied for 28th at the Johnny Owens Invitational with an eight-over par total of 224 (75-73-76) ... had worst finish of the spring (tie for 59th) at the Marshall Invitational following rounds of 77, 71 and 77 for a 12-over par total of 225 ... tied for 23rd at Kepler Invitational with an 11-over par 227 (70-82-75) ... helped Irish to a third-place finish at the FirstEnergy Intercollegiate by tying for second (in a field of 100) with a two-over par total of 142 (72-70) ... closed the spring by finishing in a three-way tie for first at the BIG EAST Championship in Providence, R.I. with a five-over par 215 (70-74-71) ... was top Irish golfer in the fall leading Notre Dame in three of four fall tournaments ... opened the season with his second career medalist performance as he tied for first at the Wisconsin Invitational with a four-under par 212 (71-70-71) to help Notre Dame to a fourth-place finish in a field of 15 ... was 14th of 65 at the Minnesota Invitational with a nine-over par 225 (80-73-72) ... tied for eighth at the Northern Intercollegiate with a 221 (76-71-74) ... closed the fall with a 52nd place finish at The Legends of Indiana with rounds of 74-76-74 for a 224 ... opened the semester by finishing third in the fall Campus Championship with a 293 (71-76-71-75) at the Warren Golf Course.

    AS A SOPHOMORE:

    Led Irish golfers in the fall and was third in the spring ... second overall for the season with a 75.54 stroke average ... had 26 of 28 rounds counted to team score during the season ... stormed through four fall tournaments with an impressive string of finishes: 11th, first, fifth and second ... his 71.73 stroke average was even-par for the fall ... finished the fall ranked 32nd in the national GolfStat rankings and third in the Midwest District ... opened with solid 11th-place showing at the Air Force Invitational with a three-over par 219 (70-72-77) helping Irish win the 24-team event with a team-record score of 868 ... led Irish to the program?s first back-to-back tournament titles two weeks later, thanks to his medalist finish - two-under par 214 (71-70-73) at The Legends of Indiana as the Irish tied Miami (Ohio) for the team title ... finished fifth at the Xavier Invitational, with rounds of 71-70-72 (213, including 11 birdies) at the par-71 Grizzly Tournament Course ... his 213 ranks as the seventh-best 54-hole tournament score in Notre Dame history ... his two-week blitz at The Legends and Grizzly allowed Ratay to join Jeff Connell as the only Notre Dame golfers ever to shoot par or better in two 54-hole tournaments ... closed out the fall with a one-under par 143 (72-71) to finish second at the Louisville Intercollegiate ... that helped the Irish to their third first-place finish of the fall ... opened the spring schedule with a slow start, finishing in a tie for 30th at the Treasure Coast Classic at Port St. Lucie, Fla. ... had rounds of 78-80-78 to finish with a 236 as Notre Dame finished with a second-place finish among a field of 15 ... shot a 232 (78-78-76) at the Kentucky Invitational to finish in a tie for 61st which was third among Irish golfers ... tied for 16th with an eight-over par 221 (73-74-74) at the Marshall Invitational as the Irish finished seventh in a field of 20 teams ... tied for 73rd in a field of 90 at the Ohio State Invitational with a 236 (79-77-80) ... bounced back with an opening round 72 at the Akron Intercollegiate tournament on the way to a 226 (72-76-78) to tie for 27th ... closed the spring with a tie for ninth at the BIG EAST Championship, firing an opening round 70 followed by a 77 for a five-over par 147 at the Warren Golf Course as the Irish finished third in the field of nine ... opened school year by tying for second (with Todd Vernon) at fall of ?99 Campus Championship ... fired rounds of 74-75-71-77 for a nine-over par 297 at South Bend?s Blackthorn Golf Club.

    AS A FRESHMAN:

    Averaged 78.35 strokes per round while competing in six tournaments (all in the spring, in addition to travelling as a sixth-man reserve to the BIG EAST Championship, in the fall of ?98) ... counted to team score in eight of 17 rounds ... failed to post a round of par or lower, with five rounds of 75 or lower and five of 80-plus ... shot 85-82 in his debut with the Irish, at the Golden Ocala Invitational as part of six-player contingent ... posted team-best finish two weeks later, tying for 41st with a 227 (74-75-78) at the Dr. Pepper Intercollegiate held at the Tanglewood Resort in Pottsboro, Texas ... helped Irish tie for second out of 18 teams at the Kentucky Invitational, counting to the team score in each of his rounds with an impressive 226 (78-74-74) ... played in two of the team?s final three events, posting a 249 (88-81-80) at the Marshall Invitational and a 231 (79-77-75; at Windmill Lake Golf Course) at the Kent Cobra Collegiate ... opened the school year by tying for seventh at the fall of ?98 Campus Championship shooting a 311 (78-80-74-79).

    PREP & PERSONAL:

    Three-year team captain, three-time team MVP and three-time regional medalist at John Hersey High School ... all-conference as a senior after leading team to conference title ... named to ?97 Scholastic Junior All-America team, by the American Junior Golf Association ... set school records for season nine-hole average (36.4), nine-hole score (33) and 18-hole score (69) ... fired 65 to set course record at Rolling Green Country Club in Arlington Heights, Ill. ... won ?98 Chicago District Golf Association Junior Championship (64-65), at Sycamore Golf Club ... placed seventh in state championship as a senior ... sank 18th-hole chip shot to win regional title as a sophomore ... served as a National Honor Society officer at Hersey ... uncle Greg Ratay played basketball at Wichita State ... son of Duane and Sally Ratay ... full name is Steven Michael Ratay ... born Dec. 27, 1979 in Park Ridge, Ill. ... computer science major in the College of Engineering.

    Ratay's Career Statistics

    Year Tourn. Rounds
    (Count)
    Strokes Avg. Top Rd Top 36 Top 54 Top Finish (Field) ? Event (Score)
    1998-99 6 17 (8) 1,332 78.35 74 (+2) 167 (+23) 226 (+10) T-26th (90) ? Kentucky Invitational (226)
    1999-00 10 28 (26) 2,087 74.54 70 (-2) 143 (-1) 214 (-2) 1st (80) ? Legends of Indiana (214)
    2000-01 10 28 (25) 2,063 73.68 70 (-2) 142 (+2) 212 (-4) T-1st (78) ? Wisconsin Invitational (212)/T-1st (30) - BIG EAST Championship (215)
    Fall of 2001 4 10 (10) 728 72.80 66 (-5) 144 (+4) 210 (-3) 4th (100) ? Xavier Provident Invitational (210)
    Career 30 83 (69) 6,210 74.82 66 (-5) 142 (+2) 210 (-3) 1st (three times)

    Ratay's Career Bests

    Top College Tournament Rounds

    66/-5 First round
    Xavier Provident Invitational (fall '01)
    70/-2 First round
    Kepler Invitational (spring '01)
    70/-2 Second round
    Wisconsin Invitational (fall '00)
    70/-1 First round
    BIG EAST Championship (spring '00)
    70/-2 Second round
    The Legends of Indiana (fall '99)
    70/-2 First round
    Air Force Invitational (fall '99)
    70/-1 Second round
    Xavier Invitational (fall '99)
    70/E First round
    BIG EAST Championship (spring '01)
    70/E Second round
    FirstEnergy Intercollegiate (spring '01)

    Top 36-Hole College Tournaments
    142/+2 FirstEnergy Intercollegiate (spring '01)
    143/-1 Louisville Intercollegiate (fall '99)
    144/+4 Tillinghast Invitational (fall '01)
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    Top 54-Hole College Tournaments:
    210/-3 Xavier Provident Invitational (fall '01)
    212/-4 Wisconsin Invitational (fall '00)
    213/E Xavier Invitational (fall '99)
    214/-2 Legends of Indiana (fall '99)
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    Top Career Finishes (Field):
    1st (30) BIG EAST Championship (spring '01)
    1st (78) Wisconsin Invitational (fall '00)
    1st (78) Legends of Indiana (fall '99)
    2nd (100) FirstEnergy Intercollgiate (spring '01)
    2nd (90) Louisville Intercollgiate (fall '99)
    T-5th (90) Xavier Invitational (fall '99)
    T-11th (119) Air Force Invitational (fall '99)

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