Joined The Augusta Chronicle in 1996 after spending nine years at The Aiken Standard. Served as copy editor, South Carolina bureau chief and Metro Editor before being named Sports Editor in April 2000.
Posted April 18, 2011 10:50 pm

Jay Haas, Bill Haas speak to junior golfers

The field for the inaugural Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club received a special treat Monday night.

They got to listen to Jay Haas and his son, Bill, talk about being professional golfers.

Jay Haas is now on the Champions Tour, while Bill Haas is a regular on the PGA Tour. Both have won multiple times and had a lot of wisdom to share.

As part of the opening dinner, at Sage Valley's nearby Gun Club Lodge, the players and invited guests were treated to a nice dinner. Then Golf Channel broadcaster Dave Marr III served as the host while Jay and Bill discussed life on tour.

Here are some of the highlights:

Bill, on making the transition from being a good player to PGA Tour:

"Just because you think you're good doesn't mean anything. You've got to prove it."

Jay, on winning:

"Tiger won everything he played in. Then he went to the next level." The lesson, he said, is that winning breeds confidence and more wins.

Bill, on grinding out a Masters performance this year even though he wasn't playing well:

"For me it was a mini-success."

Jay, on his son's performance:

"I'm proud of you for the way you hung in there."

Bill, on Rory McIlroy's collapse on the final nine at the Masters:

"I think he'll win the Masters. And he'll miss the fairway right on 10."

Jay, on McIlroy's post-Masters interview:

"He handled himself like a man of great experience. I was so proud of the way he talked."

In closing, Jay Haas told the young golfers to cherish their experience at Sage Valley this week.

"Make sure you thank the people who organized this. This is awful good," he said. "This will be the tournament that all of you want to play in."