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policies for us.” Suggestions for improvement were made, but no
basic change in over-all structure and purpose was proposed.
For the first time since 1955, when the “College” baseball team
won a national championship, Wake Forest experienced the happi-
ness and pride that come with being “number one” in the nation.
The golf team, having won another Conference championship, the
eighth straight for the golf program, took first place, by a two-
stroke margin, in the NCAA tournament at the Carlton Oaks
Country Club near San Diego. Members of the team were Bill Ar-
gabrite, Bob Byman, Jay Haas, Curtis Strange, and David Thore,
with Lex Alexander as alternate. Curtis Strange, a freshman from
Virginia Beach, Virginia, won the individual title.4
The golf coach, Jesse Haddock (B.S., 1952), had worked on the
athletics staff ever since he was an undergraduate and had, among
other assignments, served as equipment manager for Wake Forest
teams. In 1960 he had been given the extra responsibility of being
the University’s golf coach, and by 1974 he had already compiled a
4
An article by Bev
Norwood (“The
NCAA Champion-
ship”) in The Wake
Forest Magazine,
XXI (Summer 1974),
24–27, tells the
championship story,
with accompanying
statistical details.
The national championship golf team: Jay Haas, Lex Alexander, Bill Argabrite, Curtis Strange,
Coach Jesse Haddock, Bob Byman, and David Thore.
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