Larry Moller

larry-mollerInducted 1997.  Runner-up in NCAA Golf Tournament, Three-Time Illinois State Amateur Champion.

When he died in 1990, Moller was remembered as Quincy’s premier amateur golfer and one of the state’s best golfers of the first half-century.

A graduate of Quincy College Academy, Moller went on to Notre Dame University and was captain of the school’s first golf team during Knute Rockne’s tenure as athletic director. During his career at Notre Dame, from which he graduated in 1931, he was once the runner-up in the NCAA golf tournament.

He was a three-time Illinois State Amateur golf champion and a seven-time winner of the Men’s City Tournament in Quincy. He won his first State Amateur in 1934 in Springfield, then repeated the feat three years later in Peoria. World War II slowed Larry’s golfing. After the it he was deeply involved in business. By 1952 he had won his third State Amateur. He also competed in many U.S. Amateur tournaments, including one held at Pebble Beach in 1936 and one in Minneapolis in 1952.

Moller won the Quincy Country Club championship and the Central Illinois Country Club Association championship many times and qualified for several U.S. Senior Amateur championships. He was instrumental in bringing the NAIA national golf tournament to Quincy for one year.

Moller was associated with Moller & VandenBoom Lumber for more than 50 years, serving as president from 1952 to 1985, before retiring in 1986. He and his wife Agnes were the parents of three sons – Lawrence, John and James. Moller was 83 years old when he died.

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