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March 30, 2018

The Alumni Newsletter of  WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

A tournament scene at Old Town Country Club in 2011: Jesse Haddock, Arnold Palmer and Sen. Richard Burr. Photo by Ken Bennett

 

EDITORS' PICKS

Well Played

Let's raise an Arnold Palmer, beverage of champions, to honor a Wake Forest legend. Jesse Haddock ('52, P '68) died March 14 at age 91.

Even those of us who came to Wake Forest and weren't duffers knew about the University's men's golf program. We had heard of Arnold Palmer ('51, LL.D. '70), of course, and Curtis Strange ('77), Lanny Wadkins ('72, P '96, '10), Jay Haas ('76, P '04, '09), Jerry Haas ('85) and so many others whose names have flashed across TV screens during PGA tournaments. What all Wake Foresters should know is how after being named head coach in 1960 Haddock shaped the program and the young men who became golf's stars. He led Wake Forest to three national titles and 15 ACC titles. He was national coach of the year three times.

"Jesse Haddock was a coach who cared in equal measure about academics and the game of golf," said President Nathan Hatch. "It was not enough for Coach Haddock's players to have skill on the course; they were to be gentlemen, who competed with courage and lived with honor."

Jerry Haas called him "a master at handling players and knowing all the right buttons to push," the embodiment of coaching. He was "there for the players but he let you become your own man."

Here's a tribute making the rounds from Golf Digest's website. It's worth your time.

Sincerely,

Maria Henson

Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large
magazine.wfu.edu

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