Ray Leach Athlete Profile

Ray Leach

Ray Leach
Height: 5-11 Roster Years: 1968-1972 Hometown: Novato, CA Hall of Fame: 1982

  • 1982 Men's Golf




All-America

  • 1969 NGCA Third Team
  • 1970 NGCA Second Team 
  • 1971 NGCA First Team  
  • 1972 NGCA Second Team

1982 Hall of Fame Inductee

A "changing of the guard" was how one sportswriter put it the year Ray enrolled at Brigham Young University and All-America Johnny Miller departed. The Californian brought to Provo a long string of amateur titles and lived up to his billing winning more titles than any golfer in BYU history.

During his days at BYU, Ray was name All-America four years in a row, including a First Team spot his junior year. He finished second in the 1969 NCAA Championships, where as a freshman, he led the field half way through the 72-hole tournament. He followed that with a third place finish the next year.

Always a competitor, Ray clinched 17 tournament wins while playing for the Cougars. His titles included, among others, the British University Championship (1969), William H. Tucker (1969, 1970, 1971), Beehive (1970), and BYU's own Cougar Classic where he posted a course record 64-formerly held by Johnny Miller. Along with his national titles, Ray was four-time All-WAC.

After completing his four years at BYU, Ray made several attempts to qualify for a PGA tour golf card before finally earning it in 1975. During that time, he worked as an assistant to BYU Golf Coach Karl Tucker and earned a Bachelor's Degree in 1975.

Personal

  • Communications major

Career Highlights

  • Named All-America four years in a row
  • Named First-Team All-American his junior year
  • Four-time All-WAC
  • Finished second in the 1969 NCAA Championships
  • Finished third in the 1970 NCAA Championships
  • Won 17 tournaments as a Cougar
  • Earned his PGA tour golf card in 1975

 

Before BYU

  • Northern California Junior Champion 1966
  • Runner-up at the National Junior Championship
  • California Junior Champion 1967
  • Runner-up at the California Tournament of Champions
  • East Bay Junior and Fresno City Champion
  • Youngest player to ever win the San Francisco City Amateur 1968
  • Medalist at the Conquistador at Tucson 1969

After BYU

  • Worked as an assistant to BYU Golf Coach Karl Tucker 
  • Earned his bachelors degree in 1975
  • Earned his PGA tour golf card in 1975

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1982


1968-1969 | Freshman Year

  • Named third-team All-America
  • Finished second in the NCAA .
  • Named All-WAC

1969-1970 | Sophomore Year

  • Named second team All-America
  • Finished third in the NCAA
  • Finished second in the WAC
  • Named All-WAC
  • Was the Utah Amateur champion
  • Medalist tie at the W.H. Tucker, Beehive and Central Utah Amateur

1970-1971 | Junior Year

  • Named first-team All-America
  • Named first-team All-WAC
  • Was runner-up at Weber State and Western Intercollegiate
  • Placed sixth at the Pacific Coast Amateur
  • Was a medalist at Fresno, Conquistadores, S. Utah State, and tied Beehive, W.H. Tucker.

1971-1972 | Senior Year

  • Named an All-American
  • Named First Team All-WAC
  • Won the William H. Tucker Tournament