Haas sports FCWT logo on Tour
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Every time Bob Hope Classic winner Bill Haas held his follow-through for a few extra seconds last weekend, he made a statement for junior golf. A close look at his right shirt sleeve revealed the logo for the Future Collegians World Tour, a junior tour that hosts tournaments across the country.
The FCWT claims PGA Tour up-and-comers like Rickie Fowler and Jamie Lovemark as alumni, but Haas isn’t on that list. His connection to the junior tour is through executive tournament director Jonathan Hopson, who loops for Haas every now and then (dating back to when Haas was playing on sponsor exemptions at the beginning of his career). Hopson was on the bag when Haas and his dad, Jay, won the CVS Charity Classic in 2004.
Haas and Hopson became friends while Haas was playing for Wake Forest from 2000-04. Hopson, who also played at Wake Forest in the mid ’90s, was a volunteer assistant for the Deacons at the time.
“We’ve just been really good friends, I’ve caddied for him probably 20 times,” Hopson said.
Hopson said that in years past, Haas has been paid to sport the logo, but this year he’s doing it voluntarily. Haas first wore the FCWT logo back when he was still an amateur.
“Ever since then, he’s done it at different times, when he can,” Hopson said.
While Haas’ busy schedule makes it hard for him to attend FCWT events, Hopson is optimistic his friend will be able to make an appearance at an event in the future to meet some of the players.
“One of these years hopefully it will work out, he’ll be able to maybe come to the Championship or something like that and do some different things for us,” Hopson said.