Senior Spotlight: Golf’s Kyle Rafferty

Senior Spotlight: Golf’s Kyle Rafferty

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Kyle Rafferty Golf

The second Senior Spotlight today shines on golf’s Kyle Rafferty, who will be attending Lafayette College in the fall. He will major in civil engineering. Below is the rest of our conversation:

Cinn City Sports: Will you play any sports in college?

Rafferty: I want to get involved in something athletically maybe a club sport, not too sure what one yet, but I plan on focusing on my major and playing a full time sport maybe too much of a time commitment for me.

CCS: Has it been a difficult transition from lacrosse to golf this year?

Rafferty: Not exactly. It’s a different change in pace from a high intensity sport to a lesser one in golf and we do not have practice and matches everyday in golf so it’s a less time consuming sport. So if anything, it’s actually been an easy transition.

CCS: Prior to golf, how long had you played lacrosse?

Rafferty: I started playing lacrosse in my freshman year.

CCS: Who got you interested in lacrosse, or what drew you to the sport?

Rafferty: I have a bad history of concussions, which caused me to quit playing hockey, which I’ve played my whole life, before high school. People on the lacrosse team at the time I was a freshman told me that lacrosse was pretty much “hockey in the air” so I gave it a try and loved it. In my sophomore season I received my last bad concussion from lacrosse and I decided it wasn’t worth the risk anymore and quit lacrosse. I helped the team with practices and managed last year and I wanted to physically do a sport this year and switched over to golf.

CCS: Favorite class at CHS?

Rafferty: My favorite class that I took at CHS is a tie between Computing for College with Mr. Masi and U.S. History with Mr. McGhee. Not because of the subject, but because the teachers were really interesting and made the class fun.

Favorite movie? American Sniper

Favorite TV show? Shameless

Favorite song and/or band?

Rafferty: I don’t really have a favorite song or band. I like listening to all different types of music, nothing or no one in particular.

Favorite sports team(s)?

Rafferty: My older brother was a Devils fan growing up and my dad is a Flyers fan so I’ve been stuck between the two.

CCS: Who has been biggest influence on your athletic career?

Rafferty: My family as a whole has been the biggest influence on my athletic career. My dad taught me about pushing myself farther than I thought I ever could, my siblings motivated me through their athletic successes, and my mom is always there to support me.

CCS: Most challenging class taken at CHS?

Rafferty: By far AP Physics C.

CCS: What do you do in your free time?

Rafferty: For the most part, I’ll play hockey, golf, go fishing, hangout with friends, or relax in my free time.

CCS: What are you most looking forward to once you head to college?

Rafferty: Having classes spread out at different times rather than having class 7-2 Monday through Friday and the overall college atmosphere.

CCS: What is your favorite post-game meal or snack?

Rafferty: Definitely a big bowl of ice cream.

Image courtesy of Kyle Rafferty

 

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com