June 3, 2014
The Golden Gophers have added transfer William Leaf to their roster, head coach John Carlson announced Tuesday. Leaf will be eligible to compete starting this fall.
A native of Winona, Minnesota, Leaf is returning to his home state after spending his freshman year at SIU-Edwardsville. He played in three tournaments with a stroke average of 74.1 in his time with the Cougars.
“The addition of William comes at a perfect time, with the loss of two senior starters,” Carlson said. “His passion to play golf at the highest level is evident in his preparation. Expectation and excitement are high for him and our team in the upcoming college season.”
At Winona Senior High School, Leaf earned all-state honors three times, including a runner-up finish at Class 3A State Tournament as a senior. He led the state with a 71.3 scoring average and was ranked first in the state by the Coaches Association. Leaf won his section championship by six strokes as a senior. He was a four-time Big 9 Conference Player of the Year and six-time all-conference performer.
In the summer between high school seasons, Leaf tied for 19th at the 2012 Minnesota Open. He was the 2011 Winona city and club champion, and in 2010 finished fourth at the Minnesota Junior PGA Championship.
Leaf was also a two-time all-conference basketball player and lettered four times in the sport. He set Winona’s record for 3-pointers in a season with 78.
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