Ryder Cup – a Storied Event between U.S. and European Players

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Ryder Cup
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Hollis Cavner engages with Pro Links Sports (PLS) as CEO and organizes corporate golf events as well as PGA tournaments. In the corporate hospitality sphere, Hollis Cavner and his team coordinate all aspects of event packages that include PGA Tour and LPGA Tour stops, as well as PGA Tour Champions events and the majors.

PLS also arranges memorable outings that take in the Ryder Cup, which stands as one of the most distinguished golf tournaments worldwide. Established in 1927, the original Ryder Cup was held in the UK and was predated by a pair of matches between US and British professionals that created an interest in transatlantic competition. The second such event was held in Wentworth and attended by the entrepreneur Samuel Ryder, who was so enthralled by the match that he donated the iconic gold cup prize.

For the first half century, Ryder Cup matches were limited to the United States versus Great Britain and Ireland, with stateside golfers capturing 18 victories in the initial 22 meetings. This changed with the inclusion of the Europeans in 1979, and since that time the US has earned victory in eight head-to-head matches and Europe has won seven, with one tie rounding out the total.

Charitable Devo Strong Pro-Am Raises Money for Accident Victim


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Devon Quigley
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Hollis Cavner serves as Pro Links Sports CEO and offers a full range of services focused on PGA tournaments and corporate golf events. Over the years, his company has coordinated a number of major tour events, including the 3M Championship and the Insperity Invitational. Among Hollis Cavner’s successful undertakings as tournament director was a unique charitable event that brought more than 20 well known PGA TOUR members to the Floridian National Golf Club in 2013.

The Palm City pro-am event was held to raise funds for Devon Quigley, Champions Tour member Dana Quigley’s son, who sustained serious injuries in a 2011 automobile accident. Two years later he was still undergoing rehabilitation, with medical expenses accumulating, when a conversation between Dana Quigley and Jim Colbert at the 3M Championship hit upon the possibility of a charitable event.

The result was an invitation-only event that was limited to players who had achieved victory in a major PGA TOUR championship. Among the participants were nine players inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Lee Trevino. Encompassing a Barbara and Jack Nicklaus-hosted dinner, the Devo Strong Pro-Am was a resounding success that raised more than $1 million toward Devon’s medical expenses.

The Devo Strong Pro-Am for Devon Quigley


Devon Quigley pic

Devon Quigley
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Since 1992, Hollis Cavner has served as the chief executive officer of Pro Links Sports in Blaine, Minnesota, where he manages and operates six PGA Champions Tour events. Hollis Cavner has also organized charitable golf events, including the Devo Strong Pro-Am in 2013.

The 2013 Devo Strong Pro-Am took place at the Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, Florida, and brought together a number of professional golfers to raise funds for Devon Quigley, son of Champions Tour golfer Dana Quigley. Devon needed rehabilitation following a serious car accident in 2011.

The event attracted major golfers such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, and Raymond Floyd. Together, participants raised close to $1 million toward the medical expenses of Devon Quigley. Dana Quigley thanked the professionals for their gracious collaboration and all those who came out to support his son.