Bill Haas Named to 2002 United States Palmer Cup Team

April 30, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - Wake Forest golfer Bill Haas has been named to the 2002 U.S. Palmer Cup team, as announced today by (Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) International Competitions Selection Committee chair, Bill Brogden and U.S. Palmer Cup coach, Chris Haack. Haas joins Ryan Hybl of Georgia, John Klauk of Texas, Hunter Mahan of Oklahoma State, Troy Matteson of Georgia Tech, D.J. Trahan of Clemson, Nick Watney of Fresno State and Lee Williamson of Purdue on the squad.

The Palmer Cup is an international golf competition that annually pits the top eight collegiate golfers from the United States against their counterparts from Great Britain and Ireland. The event is named in honor of legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, who also played collegiate golf at WFU. Haas and his teammates will represent the United States in the sixth annual match play event July 11-12 at Doonbeg Golf Club in County Clare, Ireland. The Palmer Cup will serve as the official opening of this championship course designed by Greg Norman.

"These players are not only tremendously talented golfers," said Haack, who is the head golf coach at the University of Georgia. "But they are exemplary young men and great leaders. I'm sure they will put our team in great position to defend the cup."

Haas, a sophomore at Wake Forest, has followed in his family's tradition, but has quickly established his own individual identity in the world of college golf. Playing for a Demon Deacon program where his father, Jay, won an NCAA title in 1975 and his uncle, Jerry, is currently the head coach, the younger Haas has accomplished much in just two seasons at WFU.

Haas has led the team in stroke average the last two years, and is shooting a 70.5 over 11 events in 2001-02. After compiling six top-five finishes, including three runner-up outings, Bill won his first collegiate event, the Birkdale, in March and followed that up with a career-best 13-under 203 to win individual medalist honors at The Intercollegiate. He also added a fourth-place finish at the ACC Championships to his resume', marking the second year in a row he's finished among the top six in the conference tournament.

Haas' performance last season earned him 2001 ACC Rookie of the Year honors, in addition to All-ACC and honorable mention All-America accolades. He's ranked among the nation's top collegiate golfers, currently checking in at No. 5 in the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings.

Most recently, Haas received a sponsor exemption in to play in the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic. With his father, Jay, also competing, the duo became just the fifth father-son tandem to participate in a PGA TOUR event. The younger Haas fell just one stroke short of making the cut last weekend in Greensboro, finishing at one-over par for two rounds.

Haas is the first golfer from Wake Forest University to be named to the Palmer Cup squad, and is also the first Demon Deacon to compete in international competition as a collegian since Eoghan O'Connell competed in the Walker Cup for Ireland/Great Britain in 1989.

The Great Britain & Ireland team is selected by the British University Sports Association, and will be announced at a later date.

2002 Palmer Cup Team
Player Yr. School Hometown
Bill Haas Soph. Wake Forest Greer, S.C.
Ryan Hybl Soph. Georgia Colbert, Ga.
John Klauk Sr. Texas Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Hunter Mahan Soph. Oklahoma State McKinney, Texas
Troy Matteson Jr. Georgia Tech Austin, Texas
D.J. Trahan Jr. Clemson Inman, S.C.
Nick Watney Jr. Fresno State Dixon, Calif.
Lee Williamson Sr. Purdue Crawfordsville, Ind.

Palmer Cup Notes
* The last time the Palmer Cup was held in Europe, Team GB&I defeated the U.S. 12.5 to 11.5.
* The United States has yet to win the Palmer Cup when GB&I hosts (tie in 1998, loss in 2000).
* None of the U.S. players have any previous Palmer Cup experience.
* The United States leads the series 3 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie.
* For more information on the Palmer Cup, visit the GCAA website (www.collegiategolf.com).

 

 

 

Headlines