Just the Beginning for Bill


This week at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate in Birmingham, AL, Wake Forest senior Bill Haas captured his seventh career individual title.
This should come as no surprise as Haas is perhaps the best player in the country. But as Haas concludes his days in Winston-Salem, I fully expect him to do so with an exclamation mark.
There were rumblings during the summer about Bill foregoing his final year to test his talent at the professional level. But the level headed Haas opted to return to Wake and complete his education while fine tuning his game. After a few years of knowing Bill, this is just the kind of young man he is. One who is dedicated to his school and team, always keeping the big picture in mind.
It would be easy for Haas to just worry about himself. Consider his pedigree. Son of PGA Tour veteran Jay, and nephew to uncle Jerry, who just happens to be the head coach of the Demon Deacon program. Add to that, an immense amount of talent, and Bill could have run for the lucrative endorsements which the professional game has to offer.
But this three-time All-American is a no nonsense type who candidly admits he is enjoying his time in college, and knows another year under his belt will only help him down the road.
There are also some goals that Bill has set for his senior campaign. While he has not made them public, winning the National Championship and player of the year certainly have to be near or at the top. With this in mind, I have stated from the outset of this season, this could be a record setting year for him on many levels.
While Wake Forest has to replace four starters from a season ago, Haas will undoubtedly nurture the newcomers, so the rich golf tradition will continue long after he has left Tobacco Road.
But as I look into my crystal ball, this season with the Deacs will be one to remember for Bill Haas as he continues to rewrite the record books. And in doing so, he will continue to earn the admiration and respect of all those who cross his path, not only in the collegiate game, but in all his future endeavors.