Fred Haas – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Fred Haas won Arkansas state high school golf titles in 1932 and 1933 and was offered a scholarship to the University of Arkansas. However, after a strong performance at the Louisiana state amateur tournament in Baton Rouge, he accepted an offer to attend LSU.
Shortly after his LSU enrollment, his family moved to New Orleans, with his father serving as the golf pro at Harahan’s Colonial Country Club.
Haas, just a freshman at LSU, won the Southern Amateur at New Orleans Country Club in 1934 and late that same year, competed in the first Master’s Tournament. He would also win the 1938 Southern Amateur.
In 1937, he captured the NCAA individual championship in 1937 at Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh. He competed for the United States in the 1938 Walker Cup.
He snapped Byron Nelson’s record of 11 straight victories with a win at the 1945 Memphis Open and chose to turn pro at the age of 35 after approximately 125 amateur victories.
As a professional, he collected a total of five PGA titles and was among the money leaders for many years.
In 1953, he represented the United States in the Ryder Cup to become the first person to compete for the USA in both the amateur Walker Cup and the professional Ryder Cup.
In 1966, he won both the PGA senior championship and the world senior championship.
During his career, he tallied a total of four holes-in-one, two of them on the fly.
Born January 3, 1916, he was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1978. He died on January 26, 2004 at the age of 88.