Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Five-time ACC winner Dan Quinn looks for victory No. 6 in 2013

Former NHL center and five-time American Century Championship winner DanQuinn will be the man to beat this year when the 24th annual tournament returns to Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course July 16-21, 2013.

Will Quinn win it again in 2013?
As the 2012 winner, Quinn pulled ahead on the final back nine to earn a six-point victory over former NFL quarterback MarkRypien.

But it is the inside story behind the victory, along with Quinn's relationship with PGA Tour great Ernie Els, that will best be remembered about last year's victory.

As Quinn was just about to begin his final round, he learned that his friend Els had won the British Open, holding off Adam Scott with a finishing score of 7 under par. Els had come from six strokes behind to claim his second British Open and fourth major championship. He birdied four holes on his last nine.

Quinn, who has caddied for, and is a personal friend of Els, was hoping for the same come-from-behind victory. He started the final round three points behind leader Rypien. Buoyed by the good news about his professional golfer friend, Quinn pulled ahead to win the ACC.

The former NHL hockey star turned in his sticks for clubs full time when he retired in 1996 after 14 seasons. In 2000, he caddied for John Daly at the U.S. Open and continues to caddy part-time for Els, including the 2010 Masters.

His hockey career remains impressive. Quinn was drafted 13th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, while he was playing for the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League. Quinn made his debut with Calgary halfway through the next season, scoring 52 points in 54 games.

When he was called up from the OHL, he lead the league in scoring with 59 points. On November 12, 1986, Quinn was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Mike Bullard. It was in Pittsburgh where Quinn would have the most individual success, as he scored a career high 40 goals in 1987–88, and a career-high 94 points the next season.

A tournament favorite to win with his five victories (1992, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2012), Quinn continues to chase former Major League Baseball pitcher RickRhoden, who has won the ACC 8 times.

Quinn will again compete this year at the 24th annual tournament at Edgewood Tahoe, July 16-21, 2013. Final weekend coverage is aired live nationally on NBC Sports and NBC.

How do you think Quinn will finish this year? 

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