Aug. 28, 2000
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - Jeff Quinney became the third Sun Devil in 14 years to capture the United States Amateur golf championship by sinking a 35-foot putt on the 39th hole to defeat James Driscoll. He joins Phil Mickelson (1990) and Billy Mayfair (1987) as Arizona State golfers to achieve the biggest championship in amateur golf.
Quinney and Driscoll resumed play Monday after 38 holes failed to decide the championship before weather and darkness suspended play. On the par-3 3rd hole, Quinney found the green on his tee shot while Driscoll was in the rough. After Driscoll's chip was wide, long and on the fringe, it appeared all Quinney needed to due - barring another Driscoll miracle - was two-putt for par. Instead, he sank the 35-footer to win the championship.
In addition to being champion, Quinney earns automatic berths into the 2001 Masters, U.S. Open and British Open and will be paired with the defending champion at the U.S. Open - Tiger Woods.