Winston-Salem, N.C. – On November 2, 2015, the Wake Forest men’s golf team had the opportunity to travel to Princeville, Hawaii and participate in the 2015 Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational. It was the first time men’s golf had traveled to Hawaii and was made possible by some of the Deacon Club’s most gracious donors. The financial support provided by Robert and Victoria Helms, Tom and Charlene Johnson, Mike and Jeanne Twilley, and Todd and Jennifer Werstler allowed the men’s golf team a chance to compete on one of the country’s most beautiful courses.
Robert E. Helms Sr. reflected back on the trip, “Victoria and I were thrilled to have had the opportunity to join the Wake Forest golf team in Hawaii! The coaches, players, staff and guests were delightful! Jerry Haas deserves a lot of credit for building this incredible team and staff. We are confident they will accomplish outstanding success going forward.”
While not busy cheering on the team each day, the Deacon Club donors in attendance spent time on the beaches, hiked and visited the volcanoes located on the island. They also participated in their own golf outing on the Princeville Makai Golf Course in the afternoons.
Charlene Johnson stated, “We loved the trip! We enjoyed getting to know the student-athletes and getting a chance to see them interact in a different setting. We were impressed as to how great they are as people and not just as golfers. We were also impressed with how our coaches and students enrich Wake Forest.”
The Hawaii trip was the last event of the fall for the men’s golf team. The team played on the Princeville Makai Golf Course along with 16 other teams. The team finished second, 35-under par, in the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational.
Overall, the team finished their extremely successful fall season with three first place wins out of five events and stands as the second ranked team in the country.
“This trip to Hawaii was an experience I’ll never forget and I can speak for the entire team in saying that we are forever grateful for the generous donors that helped make this trip possible.” said freshman Cameron Young, who won the Warrior Princeville Makai title.