Chippewa Valley
Golf Association

2018 Hall of Fame Inductee

Dave Farley


David Farley was born August 1st, 1960 in Portage, WI and graduated from River Falls Senior High School in 1979.  At RFHS, Farley lettered a total of 8 times in football (1), basketball (3), and golf (4).  A 5-time All-Conference performer, Farley excelled in basketball and golf. The undersized í79 Wildcat basketball team was 14-6 with Farley averaging 17 points and 11 assists per game as an honorable mention All-State player.  Golfing success included team and individual conference, regional, and sectional championships in 1977, 1978, and 1979.  RFHS went to the WIAA state golf championship in each of those seasons with Farley placing 5th, 6th, and 7th individually and 3rd as a team in 1979.


At the University of Wisconsin, Farley was a 4-year letter winner and a 3-time captain of the menís golf team.  The 1983 team broke a then NCAA record for low single tournament round (272, 16 under) with Farley shooting a 68 in the final round of the UW Invitational at Cherokee Country Club in Madison, WI. The Badger team improved yearly with Farley, and the squad finished 3rd behind Ohio State and Iowa in the 1983 Big Ten Championship. He won the 1983 Big Ten Medal of Honor for academic and athletic achievement.


Outside of school, each summer found Farley competing in dozens of golf tournaments in the early 1980s.  Included in his 31 tournament wins are the 1981 WSGA State Match Play Championship, and two CVGA Tournament of Champions. He also won two CVGA Player of the Year awards.  Farley won 3 River Falls Firecracker Championships and holds four course records including a 63 at the River Falls Golf Club in 1981.  Farley was inducted into the River Falls HS Hall of Fame in 2005.


Dave Farley is currently Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester where he and his surgical team have performed some 13,000 operations and trained over 300 young medical students to become safe General Surgeons. David is married to Cathy, a former standout gymnast, diver, and golfer in her own right.  They are the proud parents of three outstanding student-athletes: Thomas, Benjamin, and Samantha.

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