Men's Golf Ranked No. 1 Nationally
Oct. 22, 2001
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -
After starting off the fall season with impressive finishes at major tournaments, the Wake Forest men's golf team has earned a No. 1 rating in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Teams are ranked based on won-loss records in head-to head competition with other teams.
The Demon Deacons have competed in four tournaments so far this fall, and have placed second twice and third once. After placing eighth in the season opener at The Ridges Intercollegiate, the team placed second by one stroke at the Golfweek Preview in Columbus, Ohio. WFU junior Brent Wanner also took home individual medalist honors from the event, which took place at Ohio State University's Scarlet Course, site of this spring's NCAA Championships. Wake Forest followed that up with a third-place finish at the Carpet Capital Collegiate. In their most recent outing, the Deacs again finished second (by two strokes) at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.
Tennessee is listed second behind Wake Forest in the rankings, with defending national champion Florida, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Texas, Fresno State, TCU and Southern Cal rounding out the top 10.
In the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings for individuals, WFU sophomore Bill Haas ranks second nationally. Haas has finished second or third in three events this fall, while placing 11th in a fourth tournament. His current stroke average is 70.2. Four members of the Deacon lineup are currently ranked among the nation's top 75 golfers as senior Jay Morgan is 23rd, junior Chad Wilfong is 54th and Wanner checks in at No. 62.
Wake Forest, under head coach Jerry Haas, returns its entire lineup from a team that finished 10th at last year's NCAA Championships.
The men's golf team is not the only Wake Forest squad currently ranked No. 1. Jen's Averill's field hockey squad is also the nation's top-ranked
team with a 10-3 record midway through its season.