COACH CARPENTER ON HAYNES: “Zach is a very tough competitor on the golf course that possesses a strong work ethic, strong iron play, good ball striking, making good decisions on the course and producing very nice iron shots to the green for good golf scores. He played USA Hockey for nine years and that gives him a tough mentality for playing golf. Zach always shoots around par, which will make him a very strong collegiate player. He has played three junior tours with top finishes and many first place scores.”
BEFORE UTM: Joins the Skyhawks after a successful career at Smyrna High School under head coach Mike Messerly. A left-handed golfer, Haynes is a three-time all-area selection by the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal, also earning the All-Sports Award from the newspaper in 2011 and 2012. He carded top-three finishes in three straight years in District 7-AAA play, including a first place finish in 2013. He also finished no lower than fourth place in three Region 4-AAA tournament appearances. A three-time TSSAA Class AAA state golf tournament participant from 2011-13, Haynes earned a runner-up finish at state during his senior campaign. Playing at the WillowBrook Golf Course in Manchester, Tenn., Haynes turned in an impressive score of 142 (71-71), falling in a tiebreaker on the second playoff hole. Overall, Haynes finished in the top-10 in 20 of his 26 tournaments played this past year. That resume includes the Knoxville Junior Open on March 16-17 (second place out of nine golfers), the Chateau Elan Junior Shootout in Braselton, Ga. on April 6-7 (second place out of 56), the Tennessee State Open Qualifier in Murfreesboro on April 29 (tied for sixth place out of 40), the Tennessee Junior Amateur Qualifier in Smyrna on June 10 (tied for sixth place out of 58), the US Junior Amateur Qualifier in Murfreesboro on June 24 (fourth place out of 60) and the Tennessee Junior Amateur Championship in Cleveland on July 9-11 (fifth place out of 72).
PERSONAL: Haynes is the son of Brian and Michelle Haynes. He has a younger sister Brianna. He was born on Nov. 9, 1995. He is majoring in business management.