Quigley Has Learned Golfs Lessons

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 24, 2005, 4:00 pm
Ahem, the gentlemen of the Champions Tour have a little secret. Theyve learned that getting older doesnt necessarily mean getting weaker.
 
Hale Irwin is 60 years old now, and he stands No. 2 on this years money list with earnings of $1,929,846. And the money leader is a man who is 58 years old. Dana Quigley has earned $2 million-plus this year - $2,041,758.
 
They are two of the 30 who will play the Charles Schwab Cup Championship this week at Sonoma, Cal. Irwin, of course, was a standout on the regular tour when he won three U.S. Opens.
 
Quigley was not.
 
Quigley played the regular tour from 1977 to 1982. It would be kind to say he was just mediocre during that period. He went to the qualifying school three times, then finally gave up on the regular tour experience and became a club pro in Rhode Island.
 
And, he doesnt look back on those memories with a great deal of fondness.
 
I was a pretty solid party kind of guy, said Quigley, with not a trace of braggadocio. Party guy, you figure, could be translated to big boozer.
 
Times have certainly changed since he gave the Champions a try in 1997.
 
I haven't had a drink in 15 years, he said. That's been huge for me. That's been the biggest change in my life.
 
At the golf course, he drank for moral support. Quigley had something of an inferiority complex.
 
When I was out there in those days I was very intimidated by all the players. All the top, all the big stars, he said. I would get to a point where I wouldn't even practice on the range next to any of them. I really just didn't think I belonged and I made sure I sabotaged myself with alcohol and staying out at night so that I made sure that I didn't belong.
 
But Quigley, who is one of the all-time good-time guys, eventually figured out that he had a problem. Alcohol was taking its toll on his psyche, and he had to overcome it.
 
I think that I think it took on my part a lot of growing up to do to figure out that potentially my game would be good enough to play out here with these guys, Quigley said.
 
But get over he did, and now has won almost $12 million from golf. Quigley realizes that purses have been vastly inflated, but thats more than Jack Nicklaus, more than Arnold Palmer, made in their careers.
 
I have to pinch myself still every day, he said. I really haven't had time to reflect on it. Every round of golf that I play, I still can't believe that I'm good enough to compete with these guys, if you could possibly believe that.
 
And how did he do that ' how did he decide to lay off the alcohol and start trusting his clubs? He credits Bob Rotella, who handles the mental aspect of the game for a number of golfers.
 
Bob Rotella absolutely transformed me from being afraid of all these guys to believing in my own self and trusting my own game, Quigley said. And for some reason he flipped a switch in me that I was able to go out there and hit balls along, play against Hale Irwin and guys like that and not be intimidated. I can't tell you what he said or how we did it, but honest to goodness, from when I went, I went to him in November of '96, I turned 50.
 
The PGA of America was - I turned 50 on the Monday of the '97 PGA Senior Championship and they gave me an exemption. And that was the start of all this. And to be honest with you, I can't possibly even begin to guess how, why this happened to me or how. I've been certainly blessed by the Lord in more ways than one. I just can't say enough that I just feel like I'm out here to try to somehow bridge the gap between the players and the gallery and the fans and the marshals.
 
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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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    Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

    Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

    Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.