After 28 tournaments, the Charles Schwab Cup came to an exciting conclusion on Oct. 30th. With triple points awarded at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Sonoma (CA) Golf Club, Tom Watsons sizzling final-round 64 earned him the Championship trophy and enough Cup points to vault from fifth spot to 2005 Cup champion, 264 points ahead of runner-up Quigley, who finished T5 in the Championship.
Watson won his second Cup and the $1 million top prize, while Quigley collected $500,000.
True to their word, the Quigleys today announced their $500,000 would be split among the following charities in the annuitys first year:
United Methodist Church, West Palm Beach, FL
Butler Hospital, Providence, RI
University of Rhode Island Golf Team
World Harvest (charitable endeavor of Champions Tour chaplain, Tom Randle)
The Quigleys have indicated they will likely modify the list of recipients of the donations each year.
The University of Rhode Island graduate was inspired by friend and fellow New Englander, Allen Doyle, to donate his entire Charles Schwab Cup earnings to charity. In the first year of the program in 2001, Doyle won the Cup and earmarked his entire winnings for seven charities.
I still say Allen Doyles donation is the greatest act of generosity in professional sports Ive ever seen, Quigley said. Here is a guy who didnt have a lot when he came out on the Champions Tour and didnt know how long he would be making the big money. So him giving that million dollars away was an unbelievable gesture. He really inspired me to do the same.
Watson made a similar gesture when he won the Charles Schwab Cup in 2003, donating the $1 million, primarily to ALS-related organizations in support of his longtime caddie and friend, Bruce Edwards, who succumbed to the disease in April of 2004.
Its one of the greatest things in the world to be able to do this, Quigley added. Im not looking for what people think of me for doing it. Its a real cleansing and has really helped my soul. I think Angie feels the same way. Ive really found out a lot about myself and I think Ive earned the respect of the guys. Coming out as a club pro you dont know if youll ever get that.
Bruce Lietzke came up to me just before we teed off on Sunday (at Sonoma) and said Dana, I admire the year youve had and I admire the way youve handled it, but more importantly, I admire the way youve lived your life. I know he wasnt blowing smoke. It really choked me up to be honest with you.
All of the charities are connected to us in some way and the money will primarily impact kids, Quigley said. Angie is close to our church (United Methodist) and we got married there. Weve helped send some kids to camp the last few summers through the church. Butler Hospital is where I went for rehab and I do my charity tournament with them every summer. My daughter works there and the hospital does a lot to give kids a chance in life. I went to URI and Im hoping a young guy or girl will be able to get to college who otherwise might not be able to. If theyre connected to golf, all the better. And Tom Randle, the Tour chaplain, heads up World Harvest. Hes made a huge difference in my life. Im in a better place spiritually as a result of him. Every Friday night we meet with Toms (chaplain) group and its always on our mind to help these unfortunate kids.
The Dana Quigley story is an amazing one. A member of the PGA TOUR in 1978-1982, he never felt he belonged walking the fairways next to the likes of Palmer, Nicklaus and Trevino. After struggling to make it on TOUR, he returned to his native Massachusetts and the club professional ranks and also found himself with a serious drinking problem. Nearly a decade later and some very near misses behind the wheel of an automobile, he saw the light and began to turn his life around. He stopped drinking and married Angie, a devoted golfer in her own right. As the decade of the 90s wore on and Quigley approached age 50, he began focusing on the Champions Tour. Once he got out there it didnt take long for him to make his mark as the seven-time New England PGA Section Player of the Year won his first Champions Tour title only three months after his April 14th birthday in 1997. It was a bittersweet day, however, as his father, Wally, passed away just minutes after the tournament ended.
Quigley has gone on to enjoy incredible success on the Champions Tour. A go-for-broke player, he is fifth in Champions Tour career money with $12,333,491, having won ten tournaments and finished second 20 times. The 2005 season was his breakout year. Quigley won $2,170,258 to win the Arnold Palmer Award as the Tours leading money winner. With two wins, five runners-up (including two in major championships) and a co-leading 15 top-10 finishes, Quigley finds himself in the thick of one more race that will be decided in December by a vote of his peers, the 2005 Champions Tour Player of the Year/Jack Nicklaus Trophy.
Golf is a family game for the Quigleys. Not only does Angie join Dana on the golf course, his older brother, Paul, is a three-time Rhode Island State Amateur and nine-time Rhode Island State Stroke Play champion, who is retired from the insurance business and often caddies for Dana on the Champions Tour. Pauls son, Brett, has been a member of the PGA TOUR since 1997.