b'Former PNGA Player of the Year Jeff Quinney fills in as head coach at OregonBY STEVE MIMST wo of the best junior golfers to ever come out of Eugene, Ore. have reunited in their hometown. As he prepared for his 16th season as the University of Oregon mens golf coach, Casey Martin hired Jeff Quinney as his assistant. Martin and Quinney grew up together at Eugene Country Club and both starred at South Eugene High School before finding success on the PGA Tour. Martin earned his tour card in 2000, and has been the head coach at Oregon since 2006. My parents and Caseys parents were members at ECC before I was born, Quinney said. I have known Casey since we were little kids and always looked up to him. He was a great junior player and college player and professional. I saw how he practiced at the club and copied his regimen. He was one of the top golfers to ever come out of Eugene, so it will be fun to have two South Eugene grads and past tour players as coaches.The 42-year old Quinney was working in real estate in Arizona when Martin called with a spot on his staff.I took a month to think it over, Quinney said. Did I want to move from Arizona, where I have lived since 1997, to come back to Eugene for a complete 180-degreeHired in the late summer to be the assistant coach, Quinney career shift to coach college golf? I decided to take thesuddenly found himself at the helm of the team while Martin plunge, and it has been great so far. recovers from surgery.Quinney sold his properties in Arizona and moved to Eugene during the summer so he could be on campusgoing on to play at Arizona State. Playing alongside when the Ducks arrived to prepare for the season- future PGA Tour stars Paul Casey and Chez Reavie, opening tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Sept. 10. Quinney earned all-conference honors each year from Its new to me, but the first week being around1999-2001 while helping the Sun Devils win three the guys was fun, Quinney said. It gets yourstraight Pac-12 titles.competitive juices going. You get out of bed and beingThat was an amazing experience, Quinney a competitor, selling real estate is not the same assaid. We had a strong team and won a bunch of winning a golf tournament. I missed the competition. tournaments as individuals and as a team. It couldnt Quinney was the Oregon high school statehave been any better. We traveled the world, went to champion as a senior at South Eugene in 1997 beforeTokyo and Australia. It was a great time.16PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLFER| DEC 2021'