Chippewa Valley
Golf Association

2019 Hall of Fame Inductee

Lief Carlson



Lief was born in July 1953 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He did not play golf until the summer before his senior year of high school. With limited experience on the links he did qualify for the State High School Tournament that next spring. He played some in college, but not very much.

Lief worked as an assistant professional in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin after graduating from the University of Minnesota. After working as an assistant for 3 years he applied and regained his amateur status over a period of time. He started playing Chippewa Valley Golf Association circuit in the early 1980ís with his first tournament at Rolling Greens Golf Course in Durand, Wisconsin. His first victory came in 1985 at Tanglewood Golf Course in Menomonie. Over his career playing in the CVGA Lief has won12 titles including 4 Tournament of Champions wins (1992, 1997, 1998, and 2000).

At the state level, he has won the Minnesota Public Links in 1991, a two Public Links Best Ball titles with Greg Murphy ( also a Hall of Fame inductee this year). Lief also has won a two Minnesota Golf Association Best Ball titles with Mark Boettcher in 1994 and 1997 in addition to two Minnesota Senior Best Ball titles with Greg Murphy in 2015 and 2017. In 2008 and 2010 he won the Minnesota Senior Amateur and was Senior Player of the year in 2012. Leif has qualified and played in 15 USGA national events in 5 different decades.

Lief has been a database and software developer since leaving the golf business; he lives in Apple Valley with his wife Cookie. In addition to golf, he has bowled competitively since high school. In 1998 he was elected to the Minneapolis bowling Hall of Fame.

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