Ronnie Black played 20 years on the PGA tour, accumulating lifetime winnings of over $3,000,000. Had his career started ten years later, it is likely that his winnings would have been even greater. One of his best assets as a golfer was his consistency, as Ronnie competed in an average of about 26 events his first 18 years on the tour.
He grew up in Lovington, Lea County, in an athletic family, with a father (Ross Black) who was a former basketball coach, a well known track coach and a 10-handicap golfer. Ronnie learned the fundamentals at an early age. In high school, he excelled at basketball but felt that golf was where he had a future. While in high school, Ronnie won the New Mexico State High School Championship in 1976 and 1977. He played while at NMJC in Hobbs and Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. While at Lamar, he won the 1981 Southland Conference Championship.
He joined the PGA tour in 1981 and actively competed until about 2001, playing in a few more events each year after that until 2012. He was consistent during those years, competing in 556 events, finishing in the top 10 some 30 times and the top 25 some 96 times. He had two career wins on the PGA tour (the 1983 Southern Open and the 1984 Anhaeuser-Busch Golf Classic) two more championships (the 1995 Pebble Beach Invitational and the 1987 Arizona Open).
In 2008, Ronnie joined the Champions Tour, actively competing for four years and playing in a reduced number of tournaments after that. On the Champions Tour, his numbers were similar, playing in 75 events, finishing in the top 10 in 4, the top 25 in 19.
After joining the PGA tour, he began living in Tucson, Arizona where he met his wife Sandy when he was there for the Tucson Open. They have two children. Black has served as a teaching pro at the Omni Tucson National Resort and more recently is serving as director of golf at Green Valley’s San Ignacio Golf Club.