Born: August 21, 1958
Birthplace: Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada
Height: 5 ft 10 in
College: Brigham Young University
Turned Pro: 1981
Canadian Richard Zokol captained the Brigham Young University Men’s Golf team to the 1981 NCAA Division I collegiate golf championship. The Cougar golf team was stacked that season with a slew of future PGA players including Bobby Clampett, Rick Fehr and Keith Clearwater. Zokol roomed with former CBS color commentator Clampett for three of his four years in Provo.
Zokol topped off his amateur career by capturing the 1981 Canadian Amateur Championship. Zokol turned pro later that year and joined the PGA Tour.
He would win his only PGA title in 1992 at the Greater Milwaukee Open which was hosted by Tuckaway Country Club.
Zokol would battle a series of injuries during his PGA career. He finished his career with 20 top-ten finishes. As he attempted to return to the PGA Tour, Zokol played on the Nationwide Tour. He won the Samsung Canadian PGA Championship, a Nationwide event in 2001. Zokol also won a Canadian Tour event, the 1982 British Columbia Open.
Zokol played in all four Major championships. He finished 32nd at the 2000 U.S. Open, 33rd at the 1992 Open Championship and tied for 14th at the 1993 PGA Championship. Zokol failed to make the cut at the 1992 Masters tournament.
Zokol was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.
Zokol is currently in the golf course design business. He is involved in a $42 million lawsuit with the owners of Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club. Zokol designed the course, which was voted the best new Canadian course in 2009 by Golf Digest magazine, and served as the chief executive of the course. Zokol and his counter-parties filed separate lawsuits against each other in 2014.