Quigley Off To Superb Start


Brett Quigley made playing good golf in tough conditions look rather easy on Thursday, as he coasted through blustery winds and an extremely long Diamante Country Club to take the outright lead through Round 1 of the Buy.Com Arkansas Classic.
For the day, Quigley carded a new course record of 7-under-par 65. Simply calling his round a new course record was a bit of an understatement, however. It was a bit of an insult.
Considering that Diamante plays out to a length of 7,519 yards, and that the average score from Thursday was 74.776 (with 13 players unable to break 80), Quigleys round was probably the equivalent of something along the lines of a 61 or 62.
Considering that the wind was howling on top of all this, and his round seemed almost something unimaginable.
'I knew it was going to be a tough day with the wind blowing and as long as this course is,' said Quigley. 'I just tried to make as many birdies as I could. Playing with the guys back home in Florida, we'll make nine or 10 birdies playing in the wind like this. I tried to take that attitude today.'
Apparently, he took some sort of different attitude or approach on Thursday. His efforts were good enough to see him finish with a three-stroke lead over Richard Zokol and four shots ahead of John Elliott, Mike Grob, Sonny Skinner and Vance Veazey.
The key for Quigley may have been that while he seemed in awe of the challenges presented by the course, he also seemed to relish the opportunities they presented.
'It's intimidating to stand on the tees and see 481-, 472- and 486-yard par 4s,' he claimed.
But then, he added, 'It's nice to have to hit 3-, 4- and 5-irons into the greens for a change.
Some of the other players echoed his thoughts and were rightly proud of their play as well.
'I played very, very solid today on a very demanding golf course, said Zokol. I've never played a longer course on any tour. It's a big golf course. There are a lot of guys wearing out their 3-woods, 4-woods and 2-irons this week.
At four shots back, Skinner was one of those players: 'It's a big hitter's course, no question. I hit 3-wood three times for my second shot into par 4s.
Fridays round is said to bring more winds, although they are likely to subside somewhat towards the latter part of the day.
No matter for Quigley, however. He is thinking nothing of it.
I was looking forward to 17 and 18, he admitted of his finish on Thursday. I knew they were birdie holes and thought if I could finish 3-3, I'd shoot 62. I got a little greedy there.'
Thats one word you could call it.
Full-field scores from the Buy.Com Arkansas Classic