Quigley, Dolch share dreaded bond

Dana Quigley, Craig Dolch
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Longtime friends Dana Quigley and Craig Dolch talk during a pro-am to raise money for Quigley's son, Devon, who like Dolch's son, Eric, is battling a traumatic brain injury.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, February 05, 2013 | 10:35 a.m.

You're going to need a box of tissues for this one. Trust me.

Over the weekend at the Floridian Golf & Yacht Club in Palm City, Fla., the most incredible of pro-am tournaments was held for Devon Quigley, son of Champions Tour star Dana and cousin of PGA Tour player Brett.

Devon Quigley was in a horrific car accident Dec. 1, 2011. In that accident, Devon suffered a traumatic brain injury and still cannot talk or walk as a result. As one can imagine, the medical bills are overwhelming.

With that, the legends of the game -- and I do mean LEGENDS -- stepped up in a big way to help one of their own. Dana, who still plays golf every single day, wasn't even eligible for a pro-am set up to help his ailing son.

The criteria? You needed to be a major champion. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player were all there. So were Raymond Floyd, Ben Crenshaw, Bernhard Langer, Tom Kite, Hal Sutton, Lanny Wadkins, Mark Calcavecchia, Larry Nelson, Jeff Sluman, Steve Elkington and Steve Jones.

"Golfers by nature are a giving bunch," Nicklaus told Golfweek's Jim McCabe. "Devon has been fighting such a battle the last year, and the family celebrates every little victory they can. But Dana and his family have been through a lot. We just hope that what little we are able to do this weekend will help in some way."

Early estimates suggest the event raised close to $1 million.

One person who was there covering the event knows more than anyone what the Quigley family is going through.

Craig Dolch, one of the real good guys in the business, wrote a touching piece following the event on the unfortunate bond he shares with Dana Quigley.

"Our sons may have arrived at their current states by vastly different means -- my then-14-year-old boy Eric suffered an acquired-brain injury when he contracted encephalitis in 2005, and Devon was 27 when he suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a car accident 15 months ago -- but the results are the same," Dolch wrote.

When word was out about Dolch's son, he says Dana Quigley was the first person to call and offer any help he could. The two had become friends with Dolch chronicling Quigley's success on the Champions Tour and the two sharing the same church.

Dolch's piece is one you need to read.

If you'd like to read McCabe's story about the event and how it came together, click here.

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