John Deere Classic Seeks Volunteer Hole Marshals


East Moline, Illinois

John Deere Classic officials today announced they are seeking upwards of 100 volunteers to serve as hole marshals during the upcoming tournament, July 10-13, at the Tournament Players Club Deere Run in Silvis.

Those interested in volunteering may get more information at johndeereclassic.com. Click on the Volunteer tab and then click on Marshals.  Or call the tournament office at 309-762-4653.

"This year, people who in the past may not have had an opportunity to volunteer have a chance to do something really unique and enjoyable that helps the tournament and the community," said John Deere Classic tournament director Clair Peterson. "And they can do it while they get a close-up, behind-the-ropes perspective of a PGA Tour event."

"Many of our 1,200 volunteers have been with us literally for decades and have built wonderful friendships over the years," Peterson said. "We urge people who have thought about volunteering to make this the year they do it. We need them."

The John Deere Classic helped raise $4.6 million for 600 local charities in 2007, maintaining its long-held position as No. 1 in per capita charitable donations on Tour and No. 5 overall among all PGA Tour events.

"The backbone of any successful major golf tournament is its volunteer base," Peterson said. "The Quad Cities has a tradition of having friendly and efficient volunteers who do their best to make the tournament a success."

Volunteers receive special treatment for their efforts, including a free ticket for the week. The tournament sets up a special Volunteer Center for tournament week. Lunch is free on the days a person volunteers and a goodwill cart provides complimentary beverages for volunteers.

Volunteers also are eligible for various prizes. Last year alone, some 200 rounds of golf were awarded to volunteers last year, officials said.

The PGA Tour began its run in the Quad Cities in 1971. John Deere, whose world headquarters is located in Moline, IL, assumed title sponsorship of the tournament in 1998. The tournament moved to TPC Deere Run in 2000.

Information about tickets and corporate hospitality is available at www.johndeereclassic.com or by calling toll free 1-800-336-4655.

The John Deere Classic, which includes Birdies for Charity, is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization located in the John Deere Classic tournament offices at 15623 Coaltown Road, East Moline, Illinois. Since its founding in 1971, the tournament has helped raise $24.6 million for charity.

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