Schuck's Clipboard

Response to top 10 golfers list leads to more research

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 2, 2019 12:01 am

Kudos to the Quincy golf community. You came through like I hoped you would.

A week ago, I wrote a column about a list of the top 10 golfers Quincy has produced that was posted to Twitter. I proceeded to post my own list, with an explanation for how I devised it, to our web site and promote it on social media.

My hope was it would stir Quincy's passionate golf fans to chime in, create their own lists and provide some context or additional information that could sway me into changing my list.

You didn't disappoint.

There were messages buzzing on my phone when I woke last Sunday morning. I received emails with resumes of prominent golfers, saw questions posted to Facebook and had a top 10 list neatly written on two pages delivered directly to my desk. Every response I received had a nugget or tidbit I didn't know.

For example, I had no idea Larry Moller was the captain of the University of Notre Dame golf team during his time there. Nor did I know Dick Sturhahn played at Western Illinois University. I also had forgotten there were two Quincy products -- Dan Citro and Todd Rodemich -- who played on the only Quincy University men's golf team to qualify for the NCAA Division II national tournament.

So when I revisit the parameters to my top 10 list, I know I'm going to have to make some adjustments.

I'm going to put a little more research into the subject, learn a little more about some forgotten golfers or those who helped establish this thriving golf community, and deliver a new list.

Maybe it's time to take that research and write a book about Quincy's golf history. I guarantee there are some great stories to tell.

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Evan McGaughey now owns a keepsake with such a unique story behind it only he can tell it.

The former Quincy University basketball standout, who recently wrapped up his second season playing professionally in Europe, purchased a Geoff Hartlieb No. 72 Pittsburgh Pirates jersey and had the relief pitcher autograph it before the Pirates' 9-4 victory Friday night at home against the Milwaukee Brewers.

What makes that so unique is McGaughey and Hartlieb were roommates their freshman year at QU.

A Highland, Ill., product, Hartlieb was recruited to play basketball for the Hawks. Following his freshman year, he decided to transfer to Lindenwood University to pursue a baseball career.

Hartlieb never let go of his Quincy ties. He played for the Quincy Gems in 2014, appearing in 14 games and going 1-0 with six saves and a 2.25 ERA as the Gems won the Prospect League championship.

He was selected by the Pirates in the 29th round of the 2016 draft and made his major league debut May 18. He's made five appearances and pitched six innings since his call up.

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A coach who left an indelible imprint on the Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball program passed away recently.

Bob Bender Sr., who coached the Raiders in the late 1960s and early 1970s, passed away May 19 in Westchester, Ill. He was 85.

His 1969-70 team set the school record at the time for victories in a season with a 26-2 record. His 1970-71 team went 25-4 and reached the Sweet 16 in the final year of the one-class system in Illinois. His 1971-72 team, which featured his son, Bob Bender Jr. playing as a freshman, reached the quarterfinals of the Class A state tournament.

Bender Jr. finished his prep career playing for his father at Bloomington, was recruited to play at Indiana and was a freshman on the bench for the Hoosiers when they won the 1976 NCAA Tournament. He transferred to Duke and played three seasons for the Blue Devils, including playing 16 minutes with seven points in the loss to Kentucky in the 1978 NCAA Tournament championship game.

Bender Jr. followed his father into coaching, spending four years at Illinois State University and nine years at the University of Washington before becoming an assistant in the NBA.

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The road to Omaha is rolling, and already there is an underdog story building with a regional twist.

The Illinois State baseball team, which earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, won its first two games at the Louisville Regional and will have to lose twice Sunday to get eliminated.

The winner of the regional advances to the super regional and one step closer to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

Illinois State was one of two teams from the Land of Lincoln in the NCAA field. Illinois also received an at-large berth, but the Fighting Illini lost their first two games and were eliminated.