WFU pros turn out for Palmer

Three days of celebrating Arnold Palmer and Wake Forest golf concluded Monday with a pro-am tournament at Old Town Club.

A long list of Wake Forest pros came out to support Palmer, including Bill Haas and Webb Simpson, who just finished Nos. 1 and 2 in the FedEx Cup race. Other pros included: Jay Haas, Scott Hoch, Bill Andrade, Kyle Reifers, Jay Sigel, Robert Wrenn, Laura Diaz, Morris Hatalsky and John Maginnes, along with basketball star Chris Paul.

Simpson’s team — he was paired with amateurs John Spanos, Todd Goergen and Pete and Burney Jennings — won the title.

The event capped a weekend that included Bill Haas opening the gate at the football game and the golf complex being named for Palmer during a Sunday reception.

Palmer picks Deacons duo

Arnold Palmer talks with Webb Simpson.

Arnold Palmer talks with Webb Simpson.

Arnold Palmer has one way to settle any debate about this season’s PGA Tour player of the year.

“I’d make Bill (Haas) and Webb (Simpson) co-players of the year,” Palmer, 82, said during the pro-am. “Of course, I’m a little biased toward the Wake guys. But they are both great guys, and I’m so happy to see them doing so well.”

Read about Palmer, Simpson and Haas in the Winston-Salem Journal »

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