John Deere Classic Throwback
July 6, 2017
The John Deere Classic is entering its 47th year and has become a staple of the PGA Tour season bringing many professional golfers to the Quad Cities area. The 2017 John Deere Classic is just around the corner. The Classic will be played the week of July 10-16 at TPC Deere Run golf course in Silvis, IL. Defending champion Ryan Moore along with many other top players will be vying for a share of the $5.6 million purse (an event high), with $1 million for the champion.
For its first 26 years, the hard work and commitment of community volunteers kept the tournament alive despite a long list of title sponsors that had come and gone. On April 2, 1997, the small pro golf tournament took a giant leap forward when John Deere announced its title sponsorship of the John Deere Classic. This year John Deere celebrates its 20th Anniversary of title sponsorship for the John Deere Classic. Since John Deere became the title sponsor two decades ago, the tournament has generated approximately $80 million in charitable giving for hundreds of community organizations in the region. Last year, the tournament helped raise approximately $10.5 million for over 500 community organizations.
Several notable John Deere Classic champions include Jordan Spieth, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson, Kenny Perry, Ryan Moore, Brian Harman, and Jonathan Byrd.
Holland & Sons Connection
Every year the John Deere Classic has a variety of John Deere equipment at the tournament for spectators to see up close. And you know where many of those machines come from… Holland & Sons! A mix of residential, commercial, and agricultural equipment is transported from our Geneseo store for display at the tournament every year.
Another fun fact about the JDC is Ty Holland, an owner of Holland & Sons, played in the John Deere Classic Pro-Am back in 2002. Ty sank a 40 foot putt off the edge of the green. The putt was even featured on the local TV news. He also had the opportunity to play with former PGA pro Notah Begay III and now current Deere & Company CEO and Chairman Sam Allen.
Be sure to watch the John Deere Classic next week and see if you can spot any John Deere equipment. Chances are it’s from Holland & Sons!