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Deacons Movin’ In


Haddock House Dedicated to Celebrating, Growing Wake Forest Golf Tradition


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t’s impossible to miss it. The statue out front of the Arnold Palmer Golf Facility


at Wake Forest University captures the famous Demon Deacon in a full, powerful follow-through that is clas- sic Arnie. But even The King has to share space with a legend. Wake Forest’s new Haddock House, which opened in May, is now the home for both the men’s and women’s golf teams. It en- compasses all the modern technology and comforts of today’s world, while placing an emphasis on the school’s proud history.


The facility is named after Jesse Haddock (class of ’52), who coached the Demon Deacons over a 30-year career from 1962-92. Under Had- dock, the men’s team captured three national championships — 1974, 1975 and 1986 — and 15 ACC titles. “It’s a beautiful building, just like all the buildings on campus,” said former Wake Forest All-American


and PGA Tour golfer Bill Haas. “As a player it makes you feel special you’re able to use this facility. When I go back it makes me proud to be an alum, to say ‘Hey, this is what we helped build.’ Hopefully the coaching staffs will see the results of having the Haddock House. It is going to help grow the tradition at Wake Forest.” Upon entering the front door, one is given another dose of Palmer right off the bat, with an area to the right featuring his clubs, shoes and photos of his illustrious career. The three NCAA Championship


men’s trophies sit in a glass display in the center of the room. In an adjoining wing are the ACC Cham- pionship trophies, along with an interactive touch screen TV. Similar to an electronic tablet, the interactive TV offers a stroll through the history of the Wake Forest golf programs, going all the way back to the 1950s. With a touch of the finger, guests can get lost in the past rosters of both teams (wow, I didn’t know Curtis Strange used to have dark hair!),


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