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The Scott County Conservation Board reports that Glynns Creek Golf Course will close for the season at the end of today.

The Clubhouse Pro Shop remain open for holiday shopping from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, through Dec. 23. The Clubhouse will then close for the season.

Call (563) 328-3284 for more information.

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WATERLOO, Iowa \u2014 Steve Hutton, golf professional at the Geneva Golf and Country Club in Muscatine, qualified for the National Senior PGA Professional Championship later this year as one of four qualifiers advancing from the Iowa Senior PGA Championship that wrapped up on Friday at Sunnyside Country Club in Waterloo.

Hutton shot matching rounds of 72 on Thursday and Friday to finish third at even par, trailing Jeff Smith of Harvest Point Golf Course in Oskaloosa at 1-under and champion John Bermel from Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls who won the state title with a 5-under par performance.

The 2016 Senior PGA Professional Championship will be held Nov. 17-20 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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A successful track record as the host of the NAIA Men\u2019s Golf National Championship will bring the event back to the Quad-Cities for an additional year.

The NAIA announced Monday it has extended the contract it has with St. Ambrose and the Quad-Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau to keep its national tournament at TPC Deere Run through 2018.

TPC Deere Run hosted the NAIA national tournament for the fourth time since 2009 in May and in addition to hosting the 72-hole championship on May 16-19, 2017, will now host the national tourney as well on May 15-18, 2018.

\u201cThe NAIA approached us about the possibility of an extension earlier this summer and we\u2019re excited that we are going to make it happen,\u2019\u2019 St. Ambrose coach Jeff Griebel said.

\u201cWe have a great partnership going with the Quad-Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Quad-Cities Sports Commission and Deere Run and that is really what has made this work.\u2019\u2019

The NAIA typically rotates its national tournament to different regions of the country every two years, but a facility issue with the scheduled 2018 host led to the opportunity to keep the event in the Quad-Cities for an additional year.

\u201cThe NAIA has fallen in love with Deere Run and at St. Ambrose, we enjoy the opportunity to be able to bring a national championship to the Quad-Cities,\u2019\u2019 Griebel said.

Feedback from coaches whose teams participated in this year\u2019s tournament won by Oklahoma City factored into the decision.

In addition to a central location, Griebel said coaches love the golf course.

\u201cAnytime you can play a tournament at a PGA Tour venue and at a TPC course, that\u2019s a big deal,\u2019\u2019 Griebel said. \u201cThe feedback we get year after year is that it is a fair course, challenging, but fair and the guys at Deere Run do a great job of setting things up to create a good tournament. It worked that way in 2009, \u201910 and \u201911 and was very well received again this year.\u2019\u2019

St. Ambrose will host three tournaments at TPC Deere Run during the 2016-17 season, including the 20-team NAIA Fall Preview on Oct. 17-18 and for the second straight year the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships on April 24-25 prior to the NAIA Championships in May.

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The John Deere Classic did not have Bill Murray or Jordan Spieth this year.

The golf tournament bumped up against the first week of the Summer Olympics.

Weather threw a sharp curveball at the event on Thursday and Friday.

Still, the only measure of success that mattered to tournament director Clair Peterson on Sunday evening was the charity numbers.

\"The early prediction is, we're going to do as well as we did last year, maybe do better,\" Peterson said.

That's quite a feat given the JDC helped raise a record $8.734 million for nearly 500 local and regional charities last July, a $2.4 million increase from 2014.

The tournament is expected to release the final figure in October.

Despite a 3-hour and 30-minute delay Thursday and play not starting until noon on Friday because of inclement weather, the crowds were out at TPC Deere Run on Saturday and Sunday to see Ryan Moore collect his fifth PGA Tour victory and first in 21 months.

\"It all came together,\" Peterson said. \"You might remember some of the hurdles, but in the end it is the finish I remember, and the finish was on time and a champion who is such a good guy, such an accomplished player.\"

Local fan favorites Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker weren't in contention Sunday. Even so, the hillside on the 18th green was nearly full as they concluded their round early in the afternoon.\u00a0

\"There was numerous times throughout the day where I'm like, 'I'm in 50th place and there's tons of people out here,'\" Johnson said. \"I'm not really that surprised to say the least, just because that's what us Midwesterners and Iowans do.\u00a0

\"That's indicative of just quality and character of this community.\"

That said, Peterson and the players welcome the tournament's return to its normal slot next year. The 47th JDC will be contested July 13-16, a week before the British Open.\u00a0

Stricker said the tournament had its niche in July with the hassle-free charter to the year's third major.

\"I think that will be a better spot for them,\" he said.\u00a0

Peterson concurred. The charter is the JDC's brand proposition, he said.\u00a0

Besides coinciding with the Olympics, many of the marquee players decided to take a three-week break after playing three majors in seven weeks and the FedEx Cup playoffs starting at the end of the month.

As a result, only five players in the Official World Golf Ranking's top 60 were here.

\"That certainly had a negative affect,\" Peterson admitted. \"Not only for players that weren't here because of potentially representing their country in the Olympics, but the compressed schedule it demanded.\"

Also, the Rock Island-Milan school district already was back in session with the August date. It impacted volunteers and families who typically come out during tournament week.

That won't be an issue next year.

\"I think the community feels the rhythm of the summer with a July date,\" Peterson said. \"We're very much looking forward to getting back to July.\"

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Ben Martin had little room for error. He came to the John Deere Classic 121st in the FedEx Cup standings.

Even though Martin couldn\u2019t snatch his second PGA Tour victory Sunday at TPC Deere Run, he did solidify his spot in at least the first two playoff events.

Martin recorded just his second top-10 finish in 24 events this season and vaulted to 59th in the standings after shooting 20-under par.

\u201cThat\u2019s a little bit pressure off next week, which is nice,\u201d Martin said. \u201cI expected to have a better year than I\u2019ve had so far. I think that helped me out a little bit, having those expectations and saying, \u2018Hey, I\u2019m doing what I should be doing.\u2019

\u201cIt\u2019s nice to have some momentum coming into this time of year.\u201d

Martin made nearly 154 feet of putts and nine birdies in a 10-hole stretch Saturday to soar into contention. After two miscues on the front nine in the final round, Martin zoomed up the leaderboard with three birdies at 12, 13 and 14.

He never could apply any more pressure on eventual winner Ryan Moore. Martin made pars at the final four holes.

It was the second best finish of Martin\u2019s career. He won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October 2014 to earn full status for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

\u201cJust kind of building blocks and keep moving in the right direction and ride that wave of momentum and see what happens,\u201d Martin said.

Other players made substantial moves in the standings.

Whee Kim, who tied for third at 17 under, went from 154th to 125th in the standings. He\u2019ll need a strong performance at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, this week to secure a playoff trip.

Kim attributed the showing to a change in his putting style.

\u201cI used to play the right-hand low, but this week I played left-hand low,\u201d Kim said. \u201cI felt a little more stable. I\u2019m pretty happy with how I performed this week.\u201d

Morgan Hoffmann raced up the leaderboard with a 9-under 62, including six straight birdies, on Saturday. He turned in an even-par 71 Sunday to join Kim at 17 under. He moved up 29 spots to 131 in the FedEx Cup standings.

Like Kim, he can make the playoffs and secure full status for the 2016-17 season with a top-10 showing at the Wyndham.

\u201cGame is trending in the right direction,\u201d Hoffmann said. \u201cIt\u2019s been a lot better than the rest of the year. It definitely is a step in the right direction.\u201d

Still, Hoffmann was disappointed he couldn\u2019t convert a birdie in the final nine holes. He had a 7-footer at the 18th that would have given him solo third and placed him 125th in the standings.

\u201cI just wanted to make a putt, which didn\u2019t happen all day,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019m pretty disappointed right now.\u201d

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They weren't in contention Sunday, but two of the stalwarts of the John Deere Classic continued to receive the same support as when they were hoisting the bronze buck.

Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker were finishing their rounds as the leaders were teeing off at TPC Deere Run, but saw crowded galleries throughout the day, and a crowded hill at the 18th green.

\"I was thinking about that, quite frankly on the first tee, but there were numerous times throughout the day where I'm like, 'I'm in 50th place and there's tons of people out here,\" said Johnson, who finished at 9 under, tied for 34th place.

\"I'm not really that surprised to say the least, just because that's what us Midwesterners and Iowans do and that's indicative of just quality and character of this community. I mean, I was very pleasantly surprised to a degree, but not shocked.\"

Johnson saw his streak of 29 straight sub-70 rounds end Saturday but rebounded to shoot a 68. Stricker struggled throughout the day and finished with a double bogey on the 18th hole to shoot 72 and finish at 6 under, tied for 52nd, his worst finish since tying for 51st in 2006.

\"I could never get any momentum going, could never make any putts to speak of,\" the three-time champion said. \"It's hard when you're not in contention, especially around here for me ... it's still great to come here, I love coming here.\"

It's the first time since 2008 neither Johnson nor Stricker finished in the top 25 here, though Stricker did not compete in that tournament.

HOT GROUP: Adam Hadwin and Kevin Na played together on both Saturday and Sunday, and in the final round, they put on a show.

Each man shot rounds of 64 to finish at 14 under, tied for eighth in the tournament.

Hadwin started the first four holes even par but birdied four of his last five on the front nine and added three birdies on the back. He improved his score each day of the tournament and moved up to 85th in the FedEx Cup standings.

\"I just made a few more putts today, that's pretty much the difference,\" Hadwin said. \"I needed to have a few good weeks heading into the playoffs ... it wasn't easy. I hit it great, ground it out, got to the weekend and stayed patient.\"

Na was bogey free Sunday and moved up to 10th in the standings, thanks to the improvement of his putter in the final round.

\"I striped it all week and putted miserably bad,\" Na said. \"It was so bad that somebody posted on my Instagram, 'You're embarrassingly bad.'\"

That was the motivation Na needed as his putting improved, which included a 22-foot birdie putt on No. 16.

ALLENBY ARRESTED: Robert Allenby of Australia faces misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass after he was arrested outside a Rock Island casino early Saturday, according to Rock Island County Sheriff's Department.

Allenby was arrested about 2:30 a.m., after he missed the cut in the John Deere Classic, outside Jumer's Casino. He was held briefly in Rock Island County Jail until he posted bond, which was $1,500.

Allenby shot even-par 142 at TPC Deere Run and missed the cut by three strokes.

In January 2015, Allenby was found with severe bruises several hours after he visited a restaurant with friends. Allenby, who had missed the cut in the Sony Open, said he had been abducted and beaten. A man from Hawaii was sentenced to five years in prison for using Allenby's credit cards and identification.

TIN CUP MOMENT: Peter Malnati had his Roy McAvoy moment on the 17th hole Sunday.

After playing the first 16 holes in 9-under par, Malnati's second shot at the par-5 17th went right of the green.

It took him four attempts to get the ball out of the swail onto the green before settling for triple bogey. He dropped another shot at the par-4 18th to lose $92,160 in the final two holes.

\"It was a shame,\" Malnati said. \"Wedge play is the strength of my game and I was trying to be aggressive with that wedge. You've got to be smarter than that with that pin down there.

\"I knew I could hit the shot and proved it on the fourth try.\"

Malnati finished with a 5-under 66 and 10-under for the tournament, good for tied for 27th place. He had missed 11 consecutive cuts before the JDC and hadn't shot a sub-70 round since May.

\"It's all been there in practice, but it hasn't quite come out in tournament play in the last few months,\" he said. \"That's the best I've played in a long time.

\"I'm going to remember that for a long time.\"

EARNING A PAYCHECK: The only four-spot qualifier to make the cut, Joey Garber shot a final round 71 to finish at even par for the tournament. Garber finished in 72nd place and earned $9,408.

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The players chasing Ryan Moore on the leaderboard Sunday afternoon were fighting to either get in or solidify their position for the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Moore had a one-track mind.

\u201cMy sole purpose of being here was to win a golf tournament,\u201d he said. \u201cThat doesn\u2019t always work out that way, but for some reason, this week, it did.\u201d

Nearly four years removed from his last victory on American soil, the 33-year-old made just two bogeys \u2014 none in the last 46 holes \u2014 to claim the 46th John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run.

Moore finished the 72-hole tournament at 22-under 262, two strokes clear of Ben Martin and five better than Whee Kim and Morgan Hoffmann. It matched the second-lowest winning score at the venue.

Every facet of Moore\u2019s game stood the test. He tied for first in the field in greens in regulation, second in proximity to hole and among the top 10 in putting.

\u201cProbably the best I\u2019ve felt over the putter in quite a while,\u201d Moore said. \u201cMaybe years. So that\u2019s really, really encouraging for me.\u201d

After three consecutive 6-under 65s, Moore closed with a 4-under 67. He made birdies at 2, 4, 9 and 10 to extend a one-shot advantage to five.

\u201cIt was very important for me to have a good front nine, make some birdies and show that I was here to play and post a good score,\u201d Moore remarked.

Ben Martin, though, reeled off three straight birdies at Nos. 12, 13 and 14 to whittle the deficit to two. It never got any closer.

Moore made par on the final eight holes to earn his fifth PGA Tour win and first since November 2014.

\u201cI\u2019d like to think he\u2019s a closer,\u201d Moore\u2019s caddie, J.J. Jakovac, said. \u201cHe might not get into contention as much as a lot of guys who are the better ball-strikers and hit it pure all the time. When he gets a chance, gets a lead, he seems like a closer.

\u201cHe doesn\u2019t let stuff faze him. Even when Ben made those birdies, he just said, \u2018We need to keep our foot on the gas.\u2019 He managed it well.\u201d

The only two miscues Moore had in the tournament was a bogey at the par-4 15th hole in the opening round and a dropped shot at the par-4 eighth in Round 2.

\u201cI just told him, \u2018You couldn\u2019t make one bogey out there for me today?\u2019\u201d Martin said. \u201cI don\u2019t think he ever really sniffed a bogey. He did what you\u2019re supposed to do when you play with the lead on Sunday.\u201d

Moore admitted he never felt comfortable. He had mud on his ball in the 18th fairway with a two-stroke lead.

With no lift, clean and place like Rounds 2 and 3, it was a shot that definitely had Moore\u2019s attention with water left of the green.

\u201cTo be honest, I didn\u2019t really know what it was going to do,\u201d Moore said. \u201cThat\u2019s why I was aiming right and why I hit it low. I just wanted it to get on the ground as fast as I possibly could.

\u201cYou give it too much time in the air to spin and curve and do all that stuff, it could end up in a bad place.\u201d

The approach landed 47 feet short of the pin. After nestling his first putt to 28 inches and Martin missing his birdie attempt, Moore tapped in to prevail.

Martin, Morgan Hoffmann, Whee Kim and Johnson Wagner, Moore\u2019s closest pursuers, all came into the week just inside, on or outside the top 125.

Moore, meanwhile, was 62nd in the FedEx Cup standings. With the win, he jumps inside the top 30 and is positioned to play in all four playoff events.

Injuries have plagued Moore throughout his career. However, with the work of trainer Brian Chandler, Moore said a nagging left ankle ailment felt the best it has in years this week.

\u201cI think I can accomplish great things in this game,\u201d Moore said, \u201cand I keep trying to make the decisions to help me do that.\u201d

Moore played the JDC in 2006, \u201908 and \u201909, but skipped it for two years. Since he has returned, he\u2019s run off five top-25 finishes \u2014 three in the top eight.

He credits Jakovac, an accomplished amateur player, for giving him advice to add the event back to his schedule. Now, it\u2019ll likely become a fixture for the UNLV product.

\u201cAfter the couple years I didn\u2019t play, he said to me, \u2018Man, I think that\u2019s a really good tournament for you,\u2019\u201d Moore recalled. \u201cI thought about it and he was probably right.

\u201cI just had a little different perspective, a little different attitude about it. I love the shots. I love the greens. I love the area. Everything about it, it\u2019s a great week for me.\u201d

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These kids are all right.

Four players in on sponsor's exemptions showed the future of golf could be considerably bright, with all of them finishing in the top 30 of the John Deere Classic.

It's the first time the tournament has had four exemptions finish that high. Three sponsor's exemptions finished in the top 30 in 2001.

\"I think that talks to how much the amateur game has grown and how prepared we are for this stage,\" said Aaron Wise, the reigning NCAA champion. \"There\u2019s a ton of people around the 18th green, but we\u2019re much better prepared than I can imagine they were 10 years ago or so to come out and play well right away.\"

The four players collected a combined $237,120.

Jon Rahm \u2014 who entered the tournament as one of the hottest golfers on tour thanks to two top-5 finishes in his first five professional events \u2014 led the youngsters, shooting a final round 67 to finish at 13-under par. He tied for 14th and won $88,800.

Wise finished tied for 16th at 12 under, collecting $69,600; Charlie Danielson tied for 22nd at 11 under, winning $46,080; and Robby Shelton tied for 27th at 10 under to earn $32,640.

It was a learning experience for all four players, one that carried an extra layer as heavy rains saturated the course and postponed the first and second rounds into the weekend.

\"I learn every week but to be able to play all four days out here against some of the best players in the world, it's unique,\" Danielson said. \"To play a golf course like this with the weather like this, you could take many things away from this, so many positives, some things I could do better.\"

Danielson had a strong tournament, except for three holes\u00a0\u2014 Nos. 7, 8 and 9. He played those three holes a combined 8-over par, while he played the rest of the course at 19-under par.

\"I make pars on those holes and I'm in the tournament,\" Danielson said. \"There are a lot of things (to learn) but I'm very happy with how I played. It was a good week.\"

With the youth came length off the tee, which helped the players navigate the rain-saturated course that played longer than in years past.

Rahm finished second in the field with an average driving distance of 297.3 yards, and all four of the exemptions were in the top 50 in driving distance.

\"We\u2019re part of a generation that just hits driver everywhere. I feel like after Rory (McIlroy\u2019s) performances at the majors, we all learned that being able to hit a driver straight is a huge advantage,\" Rahm said. \"That\u2019s a huge asset on this course, if you\u2019re able to do that and you\u2019re going to have really short approaches into these greens, which were pretty soft, and give yourself good chances.\"

What's next for each golfer varies drastically. Rahm is playing in the Wyndham Championship next week, while Shelton said he plans to play in a Monday qualifier for upcoming Web.com Tour events. Danielson said he plans to take next week off and probably will play in a few tournaments on the Web.com before getting ready for qualifying school.

Wise will play in the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops, a stop on Canada's Mackenzie Tour, where he needs to finish in the top five on the money list to qualify for the Web.com Tour. He currently sits in fourth.

Whatever happens, the four will be linked by their experiences at TPC Deere Run and will likely cross paths as their careers continue to blossom.

\"I think we\u2019re all supporting each other. We know how hard it is to make it out here and we all have such limited opportunities,\" Wise said. \"For that many of us to make the cut and play well, we\u2019re all rooting each other on.\"

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