1981 Men's Golf NCAA Champions Athlete Profile

1981 Men's Golf NCAA Champions

Hall of Fame: 2009

2009 Hall of Fame Inductee - BYU Men's Golf Team, 1981 NCAA Champions
 

After a string of six-straight top-five NCAA finishes with out a title, the BYU’s men’s golf team broke through in 1981 and captured the school’s first outright NCAA Championship at the Stanford University Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif. Three Cougars — Dick Zokol, Keith Clearwater and Rick Fehr — finished in the top 15 as BYU edged out Oral Roberts in the final round to win the championship by two shots with a four round score of 1161.

BYU trailed Oral Roberts by eight strokes after the first round, but came back with the best round of the tournament, a four-under-par 280 on the second day. A 296 in the third round gave BYU a slim one-shot lead over the Golden Eagles with 18 holes remaining. Led by the senior Zokol, the Cougars fired a closing round 291 for a two-shot victory. Zokol’s 4-over-par 288, was good for eighth place individually.
 

Final Team Results
1. BYU 294-280-296-291 - 1161
2. Oral Roberts 286-294-291-292 - 1163
3. Houston 289-291-294-296 - 1170
4. Oklahoma State 297-295-292-287 - 1171
5. Arizona State 293-288-297-294 - 1172
6. Georgia 294-294-297-291 - 1176
T7. New Mexico 288-298-294-300 - 1180
T7. Tennessee 302-285-295-298 - 1180
9. Wake Forest 303-293-292-294 - 1182
10. Texas A&M 293-286-300-304 - 1183
Individual Results
1. Ron Commans, USC 71-72-71-69 - 283
2. Jay Don Blake, Utah State 70-69-69-76 - 284
    Ed Leuthke, Fresno State 73-69-73-69 - 284
4. Robert Wrenn, Wake Forest 73-72-70-70 - 285
5. Grant Turner, Florida State 75-71-68-73 - 287
    Tommy Armour, New Mexico 72-71-70-74 - 287
    Bob Tway, Oklahoma State 73-70-74-70 - 287
8. Charlie Bolling, Duke 78-69-71-70 - 288
    Richard Zokol, BYU 76-66-72-74 - 288
10. Kirk Jones, Centen 75-68-73-73 - 289
    Keith Clearwater, BYU 73-71-75-70 - 289
    Steve Jones, Colorado 75-71-71-72 - 289
    Jim Kane, Oral Roberts 73-71-74-71 - 289
    Ray Barr, Houston 71-73-72-73 - 289
15. Richard Fehr, BYU 72-69-77-72 - 290