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The golf tournament was in a perilous spot.

Even though the Quad-Cities had been an annual stop on the PGA Tour for more than a quarter-century, there was legitimate concerns about its future.

A title sponsor was needed. A \u201cbig-league park\u201d was necessary.

It all changed 20 years ago today \u2014 April 2, 1997.

John Deere signed a ground-breaking, nine-year agreement to become the title sponsor of the tournament and provided land for the construction of TPC Deere Run. It also became the official golf course equipment supplier of the PGA Tour and its official leasing supplier.

\u201cIt took everyone\u2019s breath away,\u201d said John Deere Classic tournament director Clair Peterson, who was working in Deere\u2019s advertising and promotions along with the golf and turf division and marketing at the time.

In fact, Peterson said Deere and the PGA Tour decided to delay the announcement for a day because most people would have figured it was an April Fools joke.

\u201cNobody was doing deals with the Tour for that long,\u201d Peterson said. \u201cI think anyone that was there feels pretty happy the deal was consummated.\u201d

Peterson vividly remembers the sunny, 60-degree day.

A news conference was held on the Display Floor at Deere & Company World Headquarters in Moline.

Former PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, former John Deere chairman and CEO Hans Becherer, tournament volunteer chairman Todd Nicholson and D.A. Weibring were involved in the ceremonial ground breaking.

\u201cThis is clearly the brightest day in QC Classic history,\u201d Nicholson said that day.

Weibring hit a ceremonial tee shot on a par-3 created behind the stone house, located between the second and third holes.

It signaled the beginning of a marriage that continues today. John Deere is the third-longest title sponsor on the PGA Tour behind the Honda Classic and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The tournament has stability that it lacked in the first 25 years.

A press conference, in fact, was actually scheduled to end the event in 1975. Moments before that, a group of local tournament supporters stepped in to save the tournament.

The tournament faced a do-or-die situation in 1984 with a debt of $140,000. The community raised enough funds to continue the event.

Even during the economic recession in 2008 and 2009, the tournament did not crumble.

\u201cThe community itself has held up its end of the deal supporting the event,\u201d Peterson said.

It has prospered into something extraordinary.

The tournament has raised more than $80 million for charities the past two decades, including a record $10.5 million this past year through its Birdies for Charity program.

\u201cThe John Deere Classic has become one of the Midwest\u2019s signature sporting and entertainment events,\u201d Deere & Co. chairman and CEO Sam Allen said.

The tournament is broadcasted all across the world and has produced nail-biting finishes and recognizable winners such as Jordan Spieth, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson and Vijay Singh. It also featured a tournament single-round record 59 from Paul Goydos in 2010.

\u201cThe depth of the relationship has been recognized as one of the reasons all sides continue to be happy,\u201d Peterson said. \u201cThe PGA Tour certainly enjoys the stability of an event in a Midwestern town where people are so generous and charitable.

\u201cJohn Deere has been pleased with the business value out of it.\u201d

The John Deere Classic was named the PGA Tour\u2019s \"Tournament of the Year\" last December, the first time it has received that distinction. It also was presented awards for \u201cMost Engaged Community\u201d and \u201cBest Social Media Activation.\u201d

\u201cA great honor,\u201d Peterson said of tournament of the year. \u201cIt is like winning the Oscar.\u201d

The current contract between John Deere and the PGA Tour runs through 2023. This year\u2019s tournament is slated for July 10-16, and a million dollar check will be presented to the winner for the first time.\u00a0

Peterson believes the longevity can be traced to the initial agreement in 1997.

\u201cThe golf course equipment and TPC Deere Run property provisions were elements that added depth to the agreement that you don\u2019t normally find in many other title sponsorships,\u201d he said.

\u201cI don\u2019t think, though, anyone could have extrapolated this 20 years ago.\u201d

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A new indoor golf center at Augustana\u2019s Carver Center will help bridge the gap between the fall and spring seasons for members of the Vikings\u2019 men\u2019s and women\u2019s golf teams.

\u201cIt gives us a place on campus where our student-athletes can work on their games at any time of the year,\u2019\u2019 Augustana men\u2019s coach Paul Del Vecchio said.

\u201cIt will help them prepare for the heart of our season in the spring and when we go on an early spring trip, it won\u2019t be a situation where guys will be picking up the clubs for the first time since October.\u2019\u2019

Three years of planning went into the facility which was completed earlier this month, turning two little-used racquetball courts into training areas designed to help Augustana golfers with all segments of the game.

One room is for putting and chipping and the other is a driving room and both include state-of-the-art facilities.

The putting and chipping room includes a 30-by-20 foot undulating putting green with seven hole locations. There are also two built-in chipping mats as well as a portable chipping pad.

The construction simulates the angles and challenges Augustana golfers face whenever they need to knock down a three-to-nine foot putt.

\u201cThe roll is true,\u2019\u2019 Del Vecchio said. \u201cThe undulating nature of the surface creates very realistic conditions.\u2019\u2019

The chipping area features mats which simulate hitting onto greens from a variety of surfaces.

Augustana golfers will have a chance to work on their driving skills in an adjacent room which houses three nine-by-six feet hitting bays. The bays feature TrueStrike mats designed to recreate the feeling of hitting off of a fairway.

Eventually, golfers will able to finish a session in the driving room and then review their work on three launch monitors which will measure such things as club speed, launch angle, ball speed and club path.

\u201cAll of the numbers that are a part of the game today, guys will be able to check those things out,\u2019\u2019 Del Vecchio said. \u201cIt\u2019s all designed to give our golfers a good facility on campus that they will have access to that will allow them to improve their games.\u2019\u2019

Soon golfers will have access to the rooms even when practice isn\u2019t taking place, providing them with a chance to improve skills on their own.

Del Vecchio said Augustana coaches studied similar areas at Drake University and in the Chicago area when designing the facility.

In the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin, Del Vecchio said Carthage has a similar indoor facility on campus and North Park is working toward one as well.

\u201cHaving space dedicated for golf on campus is important for our program,\u2019\u2019 Del Vecchio said. \u201cIt demonstrates a commitment by the college to our programs and the commitment we have to help our golfers develop their games.\u2019\u2019

In addition to completing the new facility, Del Vecchio said Augustana has started reaching out to former golfers at the college and is working to connect alumni with the program.

\u201cThey\u2019re a part of our program and we want to make that connection,\u2019\u2019 Del Vecchio said.

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The John Deere Classic had plenty of obstacles to overcome this year.

The tournament was bumped back a month from its traditional July date and coincided with the Summer Olympics. Its defending champion did not return for the first time in 46 years of the event. And inclement weather forced significant delays and had the third round finishing at dusk.

Still, the JDC persevered through it all.

The reward was being named the PGA Tour's 2016 Tournament of the Year on Wednesday night at the annual tournament meetings.

Ryan Moore, who clinched the final point for the United States in its Ryder Cup victory earlier this fall, won this year's JDC. The small-market event also raised a record $10.54 million through its Birdies for Charity program\u00a0\u2014 up $1.8 million from the previous year.

\"It represents the great work of the John Deere Classic board of directors, staff, our 1,700 incredible volunteers, our 491 participating charities, and our steadfast and supportive title sponsor, John Deere, whose commitment to corporate citizenship is a core principle of the company,\" tournament director Clair Peterson said in a statement.

The JDC also received first-place awards for Most Engaged Community and Best Social Media Activation. A Wednesday night private concert featuring Jake Owen contributed a half-million dollars to the charity's bottom line.

In addition, more than 750 boys and girls participated in the tournament's annual Youth Day during tournament week.

\"The tournament staff should be extremely proud of its hard work and for being recognized as the best tournament among its peers on the Tour,\" PGA Tour chief tournaments and competitions officer Andy Pazder said.

The 2017 JDC is scheduled for July 10-16 at TPC Deere Run.

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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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