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Careers on Course

Jul 17, 2013

Young people who love golf, but might not have the skills to play professionally, can still pursue a golf career. That's the focus of a program called "Careers on Course" sponsored by John Deere and The First Tee organization. The one-day experience will introduce high school students to the science, technology, and business aspects of golf course management.

First Tee CEO, Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., says 24 teenage participants from Chicago, Boston, and Atlanta, will learn about what it takes to make a golf course PGA tour-ready.

A week ago, 19-year-old Jordan Spieth (SPEETH) wasn't even an official member of the PGA Tour. But now, after Sunday's win the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities, the Texan is in Edinburgh, Scotland, to compete in the British Open, with $828,000 in his pocket.

Golfers, volunteers, and fans are enjoying dry, seasonal weather at the John Deere Classic in Silvis. And the forecast calls for sunny conditions with highs in the 80s through Sunday.

Bart Baker, Chairman of the tournament board, says the non-profit organization couldn't pull off the PGA Tour contest without more than 14-hundred local volunteers.

The total purse is 4.6 million dollars, and the winner will take home 828,000.

Zach Johnson thinks he has a chance at winning the John Deere Classic title two years in a row. The Cedar Rapids native was at TPC Deere Run Tuesday for a practice round on the course, before the tournament gets underway on Thursday.

Johnson says he's confident going into the competition, and has seen his game improve.

Hundreds of nonprofits in northwestern Illinois and eastern Iowa are getting ready for a big fundraiser. Tuesday morning, the John Deere Classic kicked-off its 2013 Birdies for Charity campaign, three months before the golf tournament.