Of Chris Haack’s 50 wins as the Georgia men’s golf coach, his first victory sticks out most.
Hired in 1996, Haack had to practice some patience before notching his first win as the Bulldogs’ head coach. It came in his second season at the CCL Intercollegiate, the first of four Bulldog wins that season.
“The first one is always pretty special because when you come in and you coach, you always wonder if you can get that first one,” said Haack, who is in his 18th season with the Bulldogs. “The first one is always pretty special.”
Haack, who guided the Bulldogs to the 1999 and 2005 NCAA titles, has helped propel the likes of Bubba Watson, Russell Henley and Harris English onto the PGA Tour, as well as several other former UGA golfers who are now on pro tours.
“I hope that it means that whatever we’re doing, we’re doing right and we’re preparing them in the right way and that in some form or fashion that we may have had a little hand in their success,” said Haack, who picked up his 50th win at last weekend’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup in Nashville, Tenn. “I think as long as we can continue to do that and maybe help some other guys achieve their dream and goal, it’ll be a pretty good thing.”
Haack said his players’ confidence levels are high coming off a victory and heading into next weekend’s Brickyard Collegiate Championship in Macon and that the fall competition provides a good growth period as well. The Bulldogs have finished third, second and first in their first three outings this fall, led by seniors Joey Garber and Michael Cromie.
“Like anything else, they’ve got to go down there and perform,” Haack said. “It’s not about what’s on paper. Hopefully, they’re going to continue to stay focused and give us the best opportunity with another chance to win.”