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Devo Strong Pro-Am in support of the Quigley family a huge success

February 13, 2013

By Dave Senko, PGA TOUR staff

Charity has always been an integral part of PGA TOUR whether it’s one of its members helping in the community in which he lives, or a tournament doing its part to help those in need in their local communities. 

On Sunday, February 3rd it took on a little bit different slant as nearly two dozen members of the PGA TOUR came together at The Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, FL for a pro-am to help raise funds to assist Devon Quigley, son of Champions Tour member, Dana. The younger Quigley was seriously injured in a car accident in December, 2011 and continues his rehabilitation from his injuries.

This was not your normal pro-am field. In order to have been invited, the player must have been a winner of a major championship on the PGA TOUR. As a result, the field was a relative who’s-who of professional golf. Participants included nine World Golf Hall of Famers, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, and Raymond Floyd among others.

During a conversation last summer at the 3M Championship, the elder Quigley and fellow pro Jim Colbert spoke about maybe doing something to help with Devon’s medical expenses, but it was just talk at the time.
“Jim told me to just call him if I needed some players. I didn’t say anything then because I wasn’t thinking in those terms at the time,” Quigley said.

A couple months later, Quigley thought, well the players will be at the Allianz Championship in February, so maybe we could do something around that event since all the pros would be there.

“So I called Jim in October and told him maybe we could do something around our event in February and he said ‘okay I’ll get you some pros,’ Quigley added. “He called me back the very next day and he said ‘I got you some’. I asked who do you have and he said Nicklaus, Palmer, Player, Trevino, Floyd. The list went on and on and on. I was floored and I almost fell down on the floor crying.”    

Not having any experience running an event of this magnitude, Quigley turned to Hollis Cavner, Tournament Director of the 3M Championship, for assistance in helping put the event together. After agreeing to run the event gratis, Cavner called Jim Crane, owner of The Floridian and the Houston Astros, who in turn donated the course, rooms and food and drink for the affair.

The event turned out to be a huge success. Participants had a practice round on Saturday, a dinner hosted by Barbara and Jack Nicklaus on Saturday evening, a clinic by Dave Stockton on Sunday morning followed by the pro-am. A Super Bowl party capped the day.

“Golfers, by nature, are a giving bunch. That’s why the game of golf annually raises so much money for charity—more than many sports combined,” said Jack Nicklaus. “But at the heart of that giving and this event is a simple fact: golfers help golfers; friends help friends.

“Devon has been fighting such a battle the last year, and the family celebrates every little victory they can. But Dana and his family have been through a lot. Dana has a very wide circle of friends in and out of the golf community, and we all hope and continue to pray for a positive outcome. We just hope that what little we are able to do this weekend will help in some way.”

The Devo Strong Pro-Am was a huge success. The event raised nearly $1 million to assist Devon, who had no insurance when he was injured. An aspiring pro like his father and a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he continues to make slow progress as he recovers from his serious accident.

“All the great stars were so gracious to everyone that played and really made them all feel welcome at Jack’s house and during the pro-am,” Quigley added. “I can’t thank everyone enough. Devon is making slow steps but understands everything and is fully cognitive. When he was told about this event, he cried.”

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