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David Farley

David Farley graduated from River Falls Senior High School in 1979 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983.

At RFHS, Farley lettered a total of eight times in football (1), basketball (3), and golf (4). A five-time All-Conference performer, Farley excelled in basketball and golf. The undersized 1979 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 fifth, sixth and seventh individually and third as a team in 1979.

Academically Farley was the junior and senior class president and the co-valedictorian of his class.

At the University of Wisconsin, Farley was a four-year letter winner and a three-time captain of the men's 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. The Badger team improved yearly with Farley and the squad finished third behind Ohio State and Iowa in the 1983 Big Ten Championship.

Farley finished on the Dean's List each semester at Wisconsin with a cumulative 3.88 GPA and induction into the Phi Beta Kappa society. 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, two CVGA Tournament of Champions victories and Player of the Year awards, and three River Falls Firecracker Championships. Farley holds four course records, including a 63 at the River Falls Golf Club in 1981.

Farley graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1988 and completed six years of surgical training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and then an additional six months in Mannheim, Germany. He is currently Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester where he and his surgical team have performed some 11,000 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.