Wake Forest senior golfer Bill Haas will receive the prestigious Ben Hogan Award, presented annually to the top men's golfer in NCAA Division I, II or III or NAIA.
The presentation banquet will be held at Colonial Country Club May 17 in Fort Worth. Haas and head coach and uncle, Jerry Haas, will attend the ceremony, just hours after Bill Haas attends the graduation ceremony on the Wake Forest campus. The following day (May 18), Wake Forest departs for one of three NCAA Regionals, where it will compete May 20-22.
'Winning the Hogan Award is special,' said Haas. 'That it takes into account not just college but amateur golf as well makes it extra special because you travel and play against the top-ranked amateurs no matter their age. College golf is a team sport and sometimes the individual doesn't get as much recognition, but all of your peers have great respect for this honor.'
Haas, who recently earned ACC Player of the Year honors for the second straight year, was joined on the list of Hogan finalists by Clemson's Matt Hendrix, Brock Mackenzie of Washington, Arizona's Chris Nallen and Lamar's Chris Stroud. He is the Haas is the fifth player in Wake Forest history to earn All-ACC honors four times.
A senior from Greer, S.C., Haas is a two-time first-team PING All-America selection and a finalist for the Hogan Award last season. A four-time All-ACC performer, Haas has won medalist honors four times this season. The nation's leader in scoring average, Haas represented the United States in both the Palmer Cup presented by Monster and Walker Cup last summer. Haas also claimed the South Carolina Amateur.
Haas is the fourth Wake Forest student-athlete in the last 10 years to be named national player of the year in his respective sport. Kelly Doton (field hockey) and Bea Bielik (women's tennis) won a similar honors and Tim Duncan was the consensus men's basketball player of the year in 1997.