The sports scene in Quincy is heating up with a couple of young men making a name for themselves: Luke Guthrie in golf and Jack Cornell in football. 


Just this past weekend, Luke Guthrie, a former Quincy High School and University of Illinois standout golfer, finished his final round with a 7 under par 64 (the best of any golfer on the course that day) at the PGA's John Deere Classic in Moline, Illinois.  His four round total of 16 under par 268 put him just four shots behind the winner Zach Johnson. For his efforts, Guthrie took home a check for $174,800 playing in only his second PGA Tour event.

As I write this, Luke is one shot behind the leader after an opening round of 7 under par at the True South Classic in Mississippi.  Its fun watching golf on TV and seeing a local kid do well. He has already proven he belongs and great things are going to continue for him in the future.


Meanwhile, Jack Cornell has got to be wondering how his life is going to be changing as well as he prepares to head to the Baltimore Ravens training camp in hope of making the Ravens team this fall.  The 6’6” Cornell will be trying to make the team as an offensive guard  ,tackle or center after a stellar career at the University of Illinois and prior to that at Quincy Notre Dame High School.

I am pulling for Jack to have a great camp and make the team.  I had the pleasure of running into Jack (figuratively) at the Exchange Club lunch today.  He spoke to the club and mentioned he just came back from the Ravens Rookie Camp and the good sign was he was invited back for camp again next week. Since he worked out at three different positions, I would think his value was elevated last week. I have never liked the Ravens especially after they beat my Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs two years ago, but I will pull for them if Jack is playing for them.  Good luck Jack.


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