Rick Fehr Athlete Profile

Rick Fehr

Rick Fehr
Roster Years: 1980-1984 Hometown: Seattle, WA Hall of Fame: 1999

  • 1999 Men's Golf




All-America

  • 1982 NGCA First Team
  • 1983 NGCA Second Team 
  • 1984 NGCA First Team

1999 Hall of Fame Inductee

Every university in America would have loved to have had Rick Fehr play golf for them. After all, there aren't that many PGA Junior National Champions to go around. Fortunately for the Cougars, Fehr's friendship with Mike Gove (former Weber State All-American and PGA pro) led Rick to visit Provo and then to choose BYU over UCLA, Ohio State, and the University of Washington, whose golf coach Ron Hagen was Fehr's personal coach.

Rick's arrival at BYU was as timely as it was auspicious. In 1981 he helped Coach Karl Tucker and the Cougars win the 1981 NCAA National Championship. Rick was named All-Western Athletic Conference and Honorable Mention All-America, and he was just getting started.

The next year, in 1982, Fehr won tournament after tournament. He was the medalist at the Cougar Classic, won the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, won the Western Intercollegiate, and was the Western Athletic Conference Medalist. Rick was named First Team All-America and was a U.S. Amateur semi-finalist.

In 1983 he was the Wayne Farrell Invitational Medalist and placed third at the Sun Bowl Classic, adding to his honors a Second Team All-America citation and a third All-WAC recognition. That same year Rick participated in the Masters as an amateur and represented the United States as a member of the prestigious Walker Cup Team which played and defeated the British team in Turnberry, Scotland. Led by Fehr, the BYU team again established itself among the nation's best, earning a number one ranking and placing third in the 1983 NCAA Championship.

Rick once said that growing up in Washington state made him a better golfer because the wet weather, the big trees, and the long grass forced him to "think his way around the golf course". It appears that he's taken the same approach to life - learning from adversity, making the most of opportunities, and always preparing for the future.

Fehr joined the ranks of professional golfers in 1984, the same year he earned his bachelor's degree in finance from BYU. His background and training in finance has certainly come in handy; over a professional career that is now approaching two decades, Rick has accumulated well over $1,000,000 in earnings on the PGA Tour. Among notable finishes, Rick has won the 1986 B.C. Open, the 1994 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic, and placed second in eight other professional tournaments.

Fehr has been deeply involved in making contributions to his profession, to his community, and to his religion. From 1992-94 he was a member of the PGA Tour Policy Board and he has served as a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Golf Ministry Advisory Board. With these programs, as with many other projects, Rick has given generously of his time and means.

Personal

  • Native of Seattle, Wash.
  • B.S. in finance from BYU in 1984

Career Highlights

  • Three-time All-American and three-time All-WAC
  • Helped lead the Cougars to a 1981 NCAA National Championship
  • Was the WAC tournament medalist in 1982
  • Was a U.S. Amaeur semi-finalist in 1982
  • Led his team to a No. 1 ranking and a third-place finish in the 1983 NCAA Championships

Before BYU

  • PGA National Junior Champion in 1979

After BYU

  • Became a professional golfer in 1984
  • Used his background in finance to help push his professional golf career
  • Was a member of the PGA Tour Policy Board from 1992-92
  • Served as a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Golf Ministry Advisory Board

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Won the 1986 B.C. Open
  • Won the 1994 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic
  • Placed second in eight other professional tournaments
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1999


1980-1981 | Freshman Year

  • Named Honorable Mention All-America
  • Helped lead his team to the NCAA National Championship
  • Was named All-Western Athletic Conference
  • Played in every tournament for the Cougars
  • Finished eighth in the NCAA Championships
  • Finished fourth at the Cougar Classic
  • Finished fifth in the Sun Devil Classic Intercollegiate and the South Western Intercollegiate

1981-1982 | Sophomore Year

  • Named first team All-America
  • Was the Western Amateur champion
  • Was a semi-finalist at the U.S. Amateur
  • WAC champion
  • Western Intercollegiate and Cougar Classic champion
  • Fnished first at the Tucker Intercollegiate

1982-1983 | Junior Year

  • Was the Wayne Farrell Invitational Medalist and placed third at the Sun Bowl Classic
  • Second Team All-American
  • All-WAC  
  • Participated in the Masters as an amateur and represented the United States as a member of the prestigious Walker Cup Team which played and defeated the British team in Turnberry, Scotland.
  • The BYU team again established itself among the nation's best, earning a number one ranking and placing third in the 1983 NCAA Championship

1983-1984 | Senior Year

  • Joined the pro circuit