Will Zalatoris Turns Professional
Dec. 14, 2017

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMGolf)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest golfer Will Zalatoris announced Thursday (Dec. 14) that he is foregoing the remainder of his senior season to start his professional career.

The 2017 ACC Player of the Year and first-team All-American had a strong three-and-a-half seasons as a Demon Deacon. Zalatoris posted four victories, had 15 top-fives and 24 top-10s in 40 career events. His 70.44 career stroke average sets a new Wake Forest career record, breaking the previous mark of 70.87 by Bill Haas (2001-04). Zalatoris’ 70.07 scoring average in 2014-15 and 70.14 last season rank second and third in program history.

“Coach Dan Walters and I are happy for Will as he turns professional in hopes of soon joining Bill Haas, Webb Simpson and Kyle Reifers on the PGA Tour,” said head coach Jerry Haas. “Will came to Wake Forest on the Arnold Palmer Scholarship and has made a tremendous impact on our program. It will be hard to replace a player of his caliber, but I know our team is excited about this upcoming spring.”

Zalatoris was a three-time All-ACC selection and the conference’s freshman of the year in 2015. The Plano, Texas, native represented the United States last summer at the Walker Cup and reached the round of 16 of the U.S. Amateur.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity Coach Haas and Coach Walters gave me over the last three-and-a-half years,” said Zalatoris. “I’ve learned a lot about the game and life from both of them. I am especially thankful for my teammates for being great supporters of my decision and for the memories we have shared together. I am excited for the next chapter of my golf career as a professional as well as finishing my degree.”



The Demon Deacons finished the fall portion of the season ranked No. 13 nationally and begin their spring schedule at the All-American Intercollegiate in Texas in February.

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