To New England golfers, the name Fran Quinn has been synonymous with competitive golf in the northeast for many years. In addition to winning the Mass Open in 1990, Fran Quinn took the Massachusetts Amateur in 1986, the New Hampshire Open in 1997, four Web.com events and two Asian Tour tournaments over the course of his career
For Quinn it clearly has been a long struggle. He has only played in four majors previous to last week. Three were U.S. Opens in 1992, 1994 and 1996. The other was the Open Championship in 1994. The results were less than impressive with three missed cuts and a 43rd at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in ‘94.
Teeing it up at Pinehurst No. 2 with Owen, 15, on his bag, Quinn finished his first round of the 2014 U.S.Open 2 under par 68 and tied for second place with Kevin Na, Graeme McDowell and Brendon de Jonge.
Owen proved to be more than just a son. During the final round after a ho-hum 40 on the front side, Owen did his job. “He (Owen) said to me going to the back nine, ‘Come on let’s just have a great nine holes,'” Quinn said. “And we shot 33 coming in. That was largely to do with Owen’s positive comments and just his positive nature, it was just terrific.”
Owen’s take on that walk off the 10th tee on Sunday: “We were walking up after he hit his tee shot on 10 and I was like, let’s go have some fun now. Nothing else matters but having fun, let’s have a great back nine, one we won’t forget and that’s what we did.”
He started Father’s Day 19 shots off the lead. Martin Kaymer would win the U.S. Open Sunday but Fran Quinn takes home the memories of sharing a special week with his eldest son by his side and the rest of the Quinn clan cheering them on.
“When we were walking up 18, it was a really, really special moment,” said Quinn. “It was special for me because I felt the presence of my father who passed away two years ago and I had my oldest boy with me. It was really just a terrific moment, something I will always treasure.”
It is true, ‘the joy is in the walk’. Congratulations to Fran and Owen Quinn on perhaps the best Fathers Day the pair will ever share.