Fore the record

JOHN HERBERT, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

Look for Danny Quinn to be back on the bag when Ernie Els plays in the Players Championship beginning May 6 at Ponte Verda Beach, Fla.

The former Londoner, who had a long career in the National Hockey League, struck up a friendship with Els a couple of years ago when the South African moved to Palm Beach Gardens. Quinn, a real estate agent working for a private golf resort at the time, helped Els rent a home in 2008. Today, they live just a kilometre apart and are best of friends.

"It's just one of those things we hit it off right away," Quinn said. "Our kids are the same age. That's the first common denominator. And we both like golf and a beer on occasion."

Quinn also is a top golfer, playing on the celebrity tour where he's won several tournaments over the years. As a junior back in London, Quinn won the Les Thomas Memorial tournament. He also caddied as a youth at London Hunt and Highland.

This year, Quinn and Rickie Roberts, who also caddies for Els, will each work 13 tournaments.

After the TPC, Roberts will be on the bag for two months with Quinn returning for the PGA Championship in August. Els is the FedEx Cup points leader and PGA Tour money leader.

"Ernie's in a good place physically and mentally," Quinn said. "And for me, I'm completely into it. To be inside the ropes and to be part of it (the PGA Tour) is incredible."

New managers in town

RiverBend Golf Community and the London Hunt Club have new general managers -- Simon Bevan at RiverBend and Jeff Scott at the Hunt.

Bevan spent the last eight years in Muskoka as the director of golf at Grandview (six years) and Deerhurst Resort (two years). He's a longtime professional with 23 years experience, including several years as head pro at Greenhills and Glen Abbey.

At RiverBend, he takes on the added responsibility of community manager, which includes overseeing all golf operations, community maintenance and community security. He replaces Andre Robitaille, who has moved to Florida.

Scott takes over at the Hunt Club from Larry McKenzie, who has retired after eight years.

The last 12 years, Scott has served as general manager of clubs in Western Canada, including Pine Ridge in Winnipeg and most recently Silver Springs in Calgary. He's past president of the Canadian Society of Club Managers.

Cairns sets record

Brett Cairns, who hails from Courtland near Tillsonburg and attends Kent State University, shot a blistering 10-under-par 62 this week in the Texas A&M tournament.

"It was truly one for the record books," said Kent State coach Herb Page, a Canadian. "It was something special and fun to watch."

The 62 was the lowest round in the tournament by four shots and a school record for Kent State, which has produced British Open winner Ben Curtis and Nationwide Tour member Jon Mills.

Cairns' record-setting score came in the second round, on the first day of the tournament. In the morning round, he shot a 78. The tourney ended with Cairns at four-under and tied for eighth. The winner was Texas A&M's Jordan Russell at 15-under. The tournament attracted the top U.S. college teams and Kent State finished in 10th spot.

Cairns won both the London Hunt and Oaks 36-hole invitations last summer.

John Herbert is a London golf writer.

E-mail john.herbert@sunmedia.ca.


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