Arkansas Classic A Stepping Stool


Brett Quigleys victory in last years Buy.Com Arkansas Classic was more than just his first triumph since 1996; it revitalized his career.
Having floundered outside the top 125 on the PGA Tour money list for the past four years, Quigleys Buy.Com victory led to his greatest success on the big tour.
One week after winning wire-to-wire in Arkansas, the now 32-year-old finished tied for second in the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic. He went on to record five more top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour, and ended the season 56th in earnings.
Needless to say, Quigley will not be back to defend his title at the Diamante Golf Club in Hot Springs Village, Ark., where he shot 12-under-par 276 to win by three strokes over John Elliot.
Quigley wasnt the only player to fare well in Arkansas and go on to qualify for the PGA Tour. Tim Petrovic finished third, and ended the year seventh on the Buy.Com money list. Pat Perez and David Gossett each tied for fifth place. Perez was the eventual Q-School medallist. Gossett won the 2001 John Deere Classic.
This is the fourth event on the 2002 Buy.Com Tour schedule. Gavin Coles won in Australia; Peter OMalley, who defeated Tiger Woods in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, won in New Zealand and Steve Alker won the first Stateside event last week in Louisiana.
This weeks purse is $450,000 with $81,000 going to the winner.
Full field and tee times for the Buy.Com Arkansas Classic