Former Deacons Struggle in Return to Triad

For Wake Forest fans, there is no better opportunity to follow the proud tradition of Wake Forest alumni on the PGA Tour than the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. Year after year, many Demon Deacon fans make the trek over to the beautiful Forest Oaks Country Club to watch their Demon Deacon heroes in action.

This year's event proved to be a disappointment for Wake Forest fans as only one of the three Deacon entries made the cut. Jay Haas shot a 72-73 in the first two rounds to miss the cut. Len Mattiace shot 71-71, missing the cut by one stroke.

The only former Deacon to survive to play the weekend was Billy Andrade. Andrade shot 69-72 on Thursday and Friday, but finished off with a 73-74 on the weekend to finish in a tie for 74th out of the 77 to make the cut.

For Jay Haas, the 2005 Chrysler Classic could very well be his last. Although he has shown an incredible ability to maintain or even improve his level of play as he approached age 50, the past few months have been difficult and Haas may consider moving full time to the Champions Tour.

Taking Jay's place in next year's Chrysler Classic of Greensboro may be his son and Wake Forest graduate Bill Haas. Bill has played the Chrysler Classic in the past, but upon graduation was unable to make the jump directly to the PGA Tour.

Bill is currently finding success on the Nationwide Tour. He finished 6th this week on the Nationwide Tour and is currently ranked 17th on the money list. If Haas can remain in the top 20, he will earn his way on to the PGA tour for next season.

Another recent Wake Forest graduate finding success on the Nationwide Tour is Chad Wilfong. Wilfong joined the tour during the early parts of this year and aspirations to join the PGA Tour may be further away from being realized than those of his former teammate Bill Haas. Chad Wilfong has, however, steadily climbed on the money list and has had several successful weeks on the tour. Wilfong finished 29th this week on the Nationwide Tour and is currently ranked number 110 on the money list.

Although this year's Chrysler Classic of Greensboro proved to be a disappointment for former Deacon golfers, the future of Wake Forest golfers on the PGA Tour continues to look bright. With the history of the program and the recent success of the team, there is little doubt that Deacon fans will have the opportunity to see Wake Forest golfers tee it up at the Chrysler Classic for years to come.


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