Quinones enjoys big payday in charity tourney
They call him "Dougie Fresh" in the pro shop.
"That's his stage name," chuckled one of the Centennial Golf Club crew.
Dougie Fresh, whose real name is Doug Quinones, was never more in the spotlight than at the Steve Young Mountain Classic in Park City, Utah, Monday.
The former Centennial employee, who turned professional almost two years ago, was the talk of the charity event at Red Ledges Golf Club when, in about an hour's time, he won an $8,000 Rolex watch in a putting contest, then made a hole-in-one on his scramble team's third hole to win a $60,000 car.
"It was the best day ever," he said.
Who could argue?
Quinones was raised in Northern California, at Hidden Valley Lake, but spent his summers in the Rogue Valley after his father took a winemaking job here a half-dozen years ago. Prior to finishing his college playing days at Kansas, Quinones made his mark at courses in the area.
In a father-son tournament at Rogue Valley Country Club, he shot a 64.
At Centennial, he had the lowest round, a 63, before it was matched Tuesday by Blake Abercrombie in an American Junior Golf Association event. Abercrombie is regarded as the course record holder because he did it in a competition round.
Now, Quinones is pursuing his dream as a pro. Needless to say, Monday turned out to be quite a payday.
The tournament features celebrities and pros playing with amateur teammates. Quinones got in as a pro through his connection to Johnny Miller. Quinones lives in Santa Rosa, Calif., and he plays weekly with Miller's son, Andy, at Silverado Golf Club.
In the putting contest before the tournament started, Quinones went next-to-last and got a good look at the line of the 35-foot, downhill, right-to-left path.
"I thought it was in 6 feet from the hole," he said. "But I wasn't sure if I got it there. It died over the front edge. It got there by one revolution."
He was the only one to make it. Soon after, he posted a photo of himself on Facebook posing with Young, the Hall of Fame quarterback, while holding the watch.
"I was like, this day can't get any better already," said Quinones.
But it did. His team started on Hole 13. After an eagle at the 14th, up came the par-3 15th. Quinones went last and hit a 186-yard 8-iron.
"It landed about 3 feet short and went right in," said Quinones.
He had a good view on the slightly downhill hole.
The prize: a fully loaded Kia K900.
"It didn't really hit me until it dropped that I'd won a car," said Quinones.
His partners chased him around the car, then he sprawled out on the roof. He plans to take a cash prize of $56,000, which is the wholesale price of the car, he said.
Quinones intends to get another car with the money, just not that much vehicle.
"Mine is on its last hurrah," he said. "It doesn't have much more in it. I needed a new car really bad, so it couldn't have happened at a better time."
The prizes punctuated a memorable week. He and Andy stayed at Johnny Miller's house, and his team won the tournament at 16 under par. Quinones' bounty also included an iPad and a couple of autographed items, which he donated to a charity tournament Johnny Miller put on later in the week.
Quinones is playing on the Dakotas Golf Tour. He's played in 12 events, made nine cuts and earned nearly $7,500.
JOHN ROBINSON had a thrilling golf shot of his own recently.
The 60-year-old retired forest service employee and basketball official made a double eagle — or albatross — when he holed out his second shot on the par-5 third hole at Stone Ridge Golf Club June 18.
Double eagles are considerably rarer than holes-in-one. Odds for an average golfer making an ace are commonly quoted to be about 12,000-to-1. For a low handicapper — Robinson is a 5 — they drop to about 5,000-to-1.
Guesstimates for double eagles range upward of 1 million-to-1.
Robinson has both now, having made an ace years ago in California.
"That's the only time I've come close to a double eagle," he said. "I've been close on a few holes-in-one."
Robinson was playing in the club's senior day tournament, a best-ball format with partners Dave Rush, Ken Gentry and Bob Kendrick.
Robinson hit a good drive to the left-center part of the fairway and had 167 yards to the hole. The hole doglegs sharply to the left, and his second shot had to carry over a pond that runs the length of the left side.
His 5-iron did just that.
"It looked like a pretty good shot," he said. "It rolled past the pin, up a slope and stopped, and rolled back down. I said, 'That's pretty close. That's a pretty good eagle putt.' I turned around and put my club back and never saw the ball go in the hole."
Reeds along the pond obstructed the view.
When the group found it in the hole, there were high-fives and such.
"I was pretty tickled with myself for doing it," said Robinson, "but I didn't jump up and down and hoot and holler. We just kept playing."
Rush followed with a birdie of his own and lamented it was "kind of anticlimactic," said Robinson.
ONE OF THE PLAYERS in the American Junior Golf Association tournament at Centennial Golf Club this week has insight into phenom Lucy Li's recent accomplishments. Li, 11, is the youngest to ever qualify for the U.S. Women's Open, and she did so at Half Moon Bay, Calif.
Derek Ackerman grew up on the course and calls it home. At Centennial, he shot 4 under for three days to place seventh. He'll be a senior in high school.
Li lives about a half hour from Half Moon Bay. She had rounds of 74 and 68, winning by seven shots to qualify for the Open. The course was set up for about 6,600 yards, said Ackerman.
"It's a tight course that goes through homes, and the last hole is a par 4 along the ocean, a spectacular hole," said Ackerman. "They set it up really tough. I played it a week before the qualifier and the greens were already fast. I'm sure they had it in as tough of conditions as possible.
"My lowest score there is a 66, and I hadn't shot anything close to that before. The fact she was able to shoot 68 at the age of 11 is just unbelievable."
COLLEGE COACHES showed up for the AJGA tournament, including men's coaches Jon Reehoorn of Oregon State and Casey Martin of Oregon.
Other schools represented by men's and/or women's coaches were Arizona, Washington, Air Force, Portland State and Willamette.
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