College notebook: Anderson nets first goal, McCulla makes charge, King playing big for Mules’ defense

Former Quincy Notre Dame all-stater Tanner Anderson scored his first collegiate goal in Saint Louis University's 2-0 victory over Rhode Island last Saturday night. | Photo courtesy SLU athletics

ST. LOUIS — The most prolific goal scorer in the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer program’s history is on the board in college now. Tanner Anderson, the two-time QND all-stater and freshman at Saint Louis University, scored his first career goal for the Billikens last Saturday night in a 2-0 victory over Rhode Island in…

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‘Best drive I think I’ve hit’: McCulla’s tee shot on final hole caps incredible season-opening tourney and his first collegiate championship

Illinois State University junior golfer Alex McCulla, right, won his first collegiate tournament by shooting a 17-under 199 at the Island Resort Intercollegiate at Sage Run Golf Club in Bark River, Mich. | Photo courtesy Illinois State University

QUINCY — Alex McCulla had one thing in mind during his walk through the woods. “Can I just get to the tee and tee off?” he said. Unaware he carried a three-stroke lead to the 18th tee Monday in the third round of the Island Resort Intercollegiate at Sage Run Golf Club in Bark River,…

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McCulla’s charge to city golf crown ends in record-setting fashion as he breaks scoring mark

Alex McCulla, right, celebrates with his caddie Tyler Bertram after winning the Quincy Men's City Golf Championship on Sunday at Westview Golf Course with a record-setting score of 12-under 130. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The way the late Sunday afternoon sunlight fell through the trees created a spotlight for Alex McCulla to stand in as he was handed the Quincy Men’s City Golf Championship trophy following some of the most dominant play in tournament history. Then his father, Mike, and sister, Alaina, joined him for a family…

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Photo gallery: McCulla returns in time to snare crown at city golf championships

Alex McCulla, center, poses for a family photo with his sister, Alaina, and his father, Mike, after winning his second Quincy Men's City Golf Championship on Sunday at Westview Golf Course. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — After the Illinois State University men’s golf team finished playing in the NCAA regional in Bath, Mich., McCulla first made it back to Bloomington-Normal and then navigated his way home to Westview Golf Course in time to play in the Quincy Men’s City Golf Championship. From there, he simply dominated, winning his second…

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Refusing to cave in under any circumstances carries McCulla, Redbirds to NCAA regional berth

Quincy Notre Dame graduate Alex McCulla, a sophomore on the Illinois State University men's golf team, finished in the top 10 individually in the Missouri Valley Conference championships at Oakwood Country Club in Coal Valley, Ill. | Photo courtesy Dennis Banks, ISU athletic communications

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The golf ball’s flight didn’t match the power or precision of the swing, which told Alex McCulla the only logical explanation had to be an equipment failure. Looking at the face of his driver, he saw the problem. “I step up and put a pretty big swing on it, and the ball…

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Schuckman: Conversations about golf, dogs and life create true heart-felt friendship

Alex McCulla, left, and his mom, Linda Schmidt McCulla, celebrate his graduation from Quincy Notre Dame in 2021. | Submitted photo

QUINCY — A casual question on a walk along one of the tree-lined fairways at Westview Golf Course sparked a conversation that had a continual flow no matter where it ended or when it happened to be picked up again. I can’t wait to start that conversation again someday. Six years ago, when Alex McCulla…

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Strong closing stretch carries ISU’s McCulla to best collegiate finish

Illinois State University sophomore Alex McCulla, a Quincy Notre Dame graduate, finished tied for second individually at the Bearcat Invitational in Cincinnati as he posted a 6-under 207 in the 54-hole event. | Photo courtesy Illinois State University

CINCINNATI — Consistency carried Alex McCulla to the best finish of his collegiate career. The Quincy Notre Dame graduate played the final 10 holes of the Bearcat Invitational at Coldstream Country Club in 3-under par, helping the Illinois State University men’s golf team finish fourth in a talented field while McCulla tied for second individually.…

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McCulla’s last chance turns out to be perfect chance to earn spot playing Bellerive

Quincy native Alex McCulla, who will be a sophomore at Illinois State University, shot a 5-under 65 Tuesday to win a spot in the 115th Missouri Amamteur Championship, beginning next Monday at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.

ROLLA, Mo. — The lure of Bellerive proved far too tempting for Alex McCulla to ignore. So he withdrew from a qualifier for the Illinois State Amateur, paid to join the Missouri Golf Association and an extra origination fee for a spot in Monday’s Missouri State Amateur Last Chance Qualifier and trekked to Oak Meadow…

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McCulla with top-10 finish in first collegiate tournament

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Alex McCulla didn’t waste any time showing he belongs. The Illinois State University freshman golfer, who graduated from Quincy Notre Dame last May, was the Redbirds low scorer at the season-opening Hoosier Collegiate Invitational at the Pfau Course at Indiana University. McCulla posted a 1-over 214 to finish ninth individually. The Redbirds…

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McCulla tips cap to Oakmont following tough second round of U.S. Amateur

Quincy's Alex McCulla putts for par on the second hole at Oakmont Country Club during the second round of the 121st U.S. Amateur. Submitted photo

PITTSBURGH — After dropping four strokes in a four-hole stretch, Alex McCulla turned to his caddie, Tyler Bertram, as they walked to the tee box of a nearly 500-yard par-4 and gave Oakmont Country Club a well-deserved salute. “I told him this is when you take your hat off to the golf course,” McCulla said.…

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Gust of wind cannot blow Quincy’s McCulla out of contention at 121st U.S. Amateur

Quincy's Alex McCulla warms up on the driving range prior to the first round of the 121st U.S. Amateur at Longue Vue Club outside Pittsburgh as his caddie, Tyler Bertram, watches. Submitted photo

PITTSBURGH — A “Tin Cup” moment led to the only visible eyesore on Alex McCulla’s scorecard Monday. Yet, it was the hole prior to catching a gust of wind that left him more disgusted. The Quincy golfer fired an even-par 70 in the opening round of the 121st U.S. Amateur at Longue Vue Club and…

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McCulla’s game ready for challenges of historic Oakmont during 121st U.S. Amateur

Quincy's Alex McCulla will play in the 121st U.S. Amateur beginning Monday at two courses outside of Pittsburgh. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Alex McCulla braced himself for sarcastic blowback from his father. Mike McCulla delivered on cue. In preparation to play in the 121st U.S. Amateur, which begins Monday at two courses near Pittsburgh, the younger McCulla decided to add two clubs to his bag — a 3-wood and a 5-wood — to help him…

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