2002: Ironman Quigley solidifies season

San Antonio

The Senior PGA Tour’s most durable performer continues to hit shots, collect checks and earn victories. Dana Quigley was at it again Oct. 20 winning the SBC Championship at Oak Hills Country Club.

Quigley shot a final-round 69 to finish at 12-under 202, one shot better than Bob Gilder.

The SBC Championship was Quigley’s 200th consecutive start for which he has been eligible, and it was his seventh Senior PGA Tour title. He earned $217,000.

“I’m not going to have one iota of pressure on me in Oklahoma,” said Quigley of this week’s Senior Tour Championship at Gaillardia Golf & Country Club. “This is absolutely the high point of the season for me. Next week is a reward for a good season.”

The victory was Quigley’s second this season. He also won the Siebel Classic in March.

Gilder, a four-time winner this year, shot 7-under 64 after starting six shots behind Quigley.

“It’s the kind of round you want to have on the last day,” said Gilder, who had six consecutive birdies starting on No. 3. “It just wasn’t working the first couple of days.”

Quigley had a two-shot lead with two holes left but made bogey at the dogleg left, par-4 17th hole. He missed his only fairway of the day and then played conservatively by laying up. He ended up two-putting from 22 feet for a bogey.

“I didn’t want to hit it over the green and out of bounds,” he said of his second shot. “I was just going to make my 5 and move on.”

Then came the 198-yard, par-3 18th. As Quigley stood on the tee with a one-shot lead, his mind drifted to when he was a teen-ager in Rhode Island.

Back then, more than three decades ago, he needed only to two-putt on the last hole to win the state’s par-3 championship. He three-putted and lost.

“I said, ‘Man, don’t do it again,’ ” Quigley said. “I was choking really bad up there (on the 18th).”

He didn’t. He two-putted from 12 feet for the victory.

– Staff and wire reports

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