Quinney Moving Up In Golfweek Rankings
March 14, 2001
Jeff Quinney's big win at the Callaway Golf Las Vegas Intercollegiate at the par-72 Rio Secco Country Club last weekend has moved him to the No. 2 spot in the current Golfweek rankings. Quinney is behind only Georgia Tech's Bryce Molder. Lucas Glover (Clemson), Alex Kuyumjian (USC) and John Engler (Clemson).
Quinney, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, captured the individual title on Sunday after adding his second straight 5-under-par 67 for a 13-under 203 total.
That produced a seven-stroke victory over Georgia Tech's Troy Matteson, who shot a tournament best 6-under 66 to finished at 6-under 210. Georgia's Erik Compton was another shot back at 211, while Georgia Tech's Bryce Molder and Florida's Camilo Willegas were at 212.
'I didn't hit my driver particularly well, but I'm very happy with my overall performance,' said Quinney. 'I hit 17 greens today (to go along with 17 in the second round and 16 in the first) and putted the ball well. I was extremely pleased with my ball control all week.'
Quinney, at 8-under 136, held a six-shot lead over four players going into Sunday final round. Starting on the back side, he quickly put any notion of him fading to rest. He birdied No. 12 with a 30-foot putt and then made birdie at No. 14 to turn in 2 under and go to 10 under for the tournament.
He put things away with birdies on Nos. 3, 4, 6 and 9. His lone bogey came at the eighth hole.
'Considering the quality and strength of this field, this is probably my best college win,' said Quinney, who has two other collegiate victories with the last being at the 1999 NCAA West Regional in his sophomore season. 'This is the first tournament that I've felt my game was to the level of last summer.'
Quinney moved into the ASU top-10 list with his third career victory. He is currently tied for ninth with 1983 NCAA individual medalist Jim Carter, who also posted three wins.