Former Sun Devils Shine In Weekend Tournaments
Jan. 24, 2007
After very successful collegiate careers at Arizona State, Paul Casey and Jeff Quinney haven't missed a beat. The former Sun Devil teammates have been successful in parlaying their success to the pro tours. It would only be fitting that these former teammates and friends would make waves on the same weekend.
On the other side of the world at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, Paul Casey had eight birdies in his final round to finish with a 17-under 271 to win the tournament. Casey improved his score each day starting with a 71 on the first day and closing his final round with a 65.
At the Bob Hope Classic in Palm Desert, California, Jeff Quinney made a last surge and finished tied for fourth. With the inclement weather and close to freezing temperatures in the mornings, Quinney's 15-under-par for the tournament was a impressive feat. The highlight of the tournament was a hole-in-one on the 176-yard 17th hole that moved him into fourth place on the final day.
As an amateur, Quinney won the U.S. Amateur Championship in 2000 and took the Pacific Northwest GA Amateur in 1998 and 2000. During his time in Tempe he was named to the Pac 10 first team for three consecutive years (1999-2001). Also, he was the Conference Player of the Year in 2001. On top of all of these accolades, he was also named an All-American in 1999 and 2001.
Casey did not disappoint either, while setting records and receiving accolades for his accomplishments. This Two-Time English Amateur Champion (1999 and 2000) excelled at ASU and was an first-team All-American in 2000 while also receiving second team honors in 1998. He made his mark by winning all three Pac-10 titles he competed in (1998-2000). His 69.87 stroke average set the ASU record, breaking Phil Mickelson's 69.95 set in 1991-92.