DES MOINES, IOWA
Quincy contingent with strong showing
Quincy University tennis coach Ethan Arns and Hawks freshman Zach Willing went toe-to-toe in the championship match of the men's open division at the United States Tennis Association's Hawkeye Open, capping an eventful weekend for a group of Quincy-based players.
Arns defeated Willing 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) after both players knocked off seeded foes on the way to the championship. Willing knocked off top-seeded Anthony Forcucci, of Des Moines, Iowa, 6-2, 6-2 in the round of 16, while Arns beat third-seeded Matthew Mandeville, of Tiffin, Iowa, 6-1, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. Also reaching the semifinals was Willing's father, Todd, who won a tiebreaker in the opening round for the first of three straight victories.
Zach Willing beat Todd Willing 6-1, 6-4 in the semifinals, while Arns beat Thomas Wolle, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 6-3, 6-2 in the other semifinal.
McCulla wins Prep Tour event
In his first significant tournament since the coronavirus pandemic shutdown, Quincy Notre Dame senior Alex McCulla got off to a perfect start. Playing in the Illinois Prep Tour's Peoria Junior Classic when he recorded an eagle on the par-4 first hole at Mt. Hawley Country Club. He never gave up the lead thereafter.
McCulla shot a 6-under 137 over 36 holes, beating Bloomington's Brevin Knight by 10 strokes to win the championship. McCulla shot a 4-under 67 in the opening round, carding five birdies and an eagle. He played the second round in 2-under 70 at Kellogg Golf Course, as he had four birdies and an eagle on the par-5 18th. A quadruple bogey on the par-5 second hole kept him from going really low.