Alumni Update: Jeff Quinney
Oct. 8, 2004
Former Arizona State All-American golfer Jeff Quinney earned hisfirst professional victory in grand fashion by erasing a five-strokedeficit to win the Oregon Classic at Shadow Hills Country Club on Sept. 19.
Quinney entered the final round at 4-under par and five shots backof leader Jason Schultz, who looked to become the first wire-to-wirewinner on tour this season. However, the Eugene native had otherthoughts on the subject.
'People always talk about getting in the zone and I found it today,'said the 25-year-old Quinney. 'Somehow it all fell together today.It is the round of my life I guess you would call it, but I don'tfeel like I did anything out of the ordinary.'
Quinney carded a final round 9-under 63 to erase the five-shotdeficit and earn his first professional victory on the NationwideTour at the $450,000 Oregon Classic presented by Kendall Auto Group.
As a golfer the object is to hit greens and fairways in regulation.Quinney did just that during the final round hitting 14 of 18 greensand 13 of 14 fairways in regulation. The accuracy paid off asQuinney finished the tournament at 13-under-par 275, which was threeshots better than any other player in the field.
The first Nationwide Tour victory for Quinney came in front of hishometown friends and family. Quinney was a standout at South EugeneHigh School before coming to Arizona State.
'Obviously having your first win come in your hometown in front offamily and friends makes it really special,' said Quinney, whoseprevious best finish was a tie for fourth at the 2003 AlbertsonsBoise Open and at the 2004 Lake Erie Charity Classic. 'It can't getany better than this.'
Maybe it can.
The victory at the Oregon Classic earned the former Sun Devil$81,000 and vaulted Quinney from No. 88 to No. 31 on the NationwideTour money list with $122,568. The top-20 money leaders at the endof the season will receive 2005 PGA TOUR cards. Quinney now findshimself in the position of a lifetime.
'I'll have to look at what doors this opens up for me,' saidQuinney. 'I honestly wasn't thinking about winning today. I wasthinking about making a good check and getting my status for nextyear. Now I can make a run for the top 20.'
Quinney made the transition to the Nationwide Tour after a stellarcareer at Arizona State. Quinney was named an honorable mentionAll-American in 1998. In 1999 and 2001 Quinney was namedsecond-team All-American after posting victories at the 1999 ASU Thunderbird Invitational, 1999 NCAA West Regional and the 2001 Rebel Classic. He also carded acourse-record 62 at Karsten Golf Course. The 10-under performancecame in the 1999 ASU Thunderbird Invitational.
The three career tournament victories place Quinney ninth on ASU's all-time list. Quinney was named an Academic All-American during the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
In 2000, Quinney won the 100th U.S. Amateur title by defeating JamesDriscoll in 39 holes. On his way to victory Quinney defeatedhonorable mention All-American Matt Weibring in the first round,first-team All-American Lucas Glover in the second and 2003 BritishOpen winner Ben Curtis in the third. Quinney won the title indramatic fashion by sinking a thirty-foot putt for birdie.
The Sun Devils won the Pac-10 championship three times while Quinneyattended Arizona State. Along with the three conference championships, ASU won ten other team titles.
Quinney will be playing on the Nationwide Tour this week in the Gila River Classic at the Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler, AZ.
Written by media relations assistant Chad Potter
Quotes from this story were used from www.pgatour.com