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The First Tee is hoping to attact more girls to golf.
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The John Deere Foundation is extending its support for a youth golf program that teaches leadership skills.

Over the next five years, the foundation will donate nearly $625,000 to The First Tee. The national program teaches core values such as responsibility and integrity, and the contribution will help attract girls to golf.

'Birdies For Charity' Accepts Pledges Through Friday

Aug 8, 2016

While about 150 golfers tee off this week at the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run, nearly 500 Quad Cities charities will vie for dollars from the community.

Birdies for Charity started as a way for donors to pledge cents for birdies.

JD Classic Week Begins

Aug 8, 2016

The John Deere Classic will be held this week, about a month later than usual because of the Olympics.

Events get underway Monday in Silvis at TPC Deere Run with the John Deere Golf Pro-Am, followed on Tuesday by Youth Day, including a Youth Clinic. The John Deere Classic Pro-Am is set for Wednesday.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

On Midwest Week, golf debuts at the summer Olympics and what that means for the John Deere Classic.

Michelle O'Neill, sitting in for Herb Trix, talks with Tom Johnston, sports reporter at the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus.

Map of streets to be closed for Bix weekend
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It's Bix weekend with the Quad City Times Bix 7 Road Race and Downtown Davenport's Street Fest.

Some past champions and other top players will compete next month in the John Deere Classic. Monday tournament officials announced three-time winner Steve Stricker, and Zach Johnson who won in 2012, are among the players who've committed so far. 

In a normal year the tournament would be going on right now at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, but because of the Olympics, the PGA Tour postponed the Classic by one month. Tournament director Clair Peterson doesn't think that'll have much effect. 

Mallards Season Wrapup

May 6, 2016
Quad City Mallards


A mostly successful season for the Quad City Mallards, on and off the ice, ended last month with a loss in the first round of the playoffs.

On Midwest Week, Herb Trix's guest is Bobby Metcalf, sports reporter for the Quad City Times.

After winning this year's INDOOR conference championship, the Augustana men's track and field team will try to do the same outdoors. Today and tomorrow, the college in Rock Island will host the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin meet for men and women. It starts today at 10 a.m. with the heptathlon and decathlon.

Augustana will add two new varsity teams next year. The men's volleyball and women's bowling teams will both have NCAA status, raising the number of varsity sports at the college up to 25.

Assistant director of athletics, Dave Wrath, says the new sports have been in discussion since the men's and women's lacrosse teams were added in 2011. 

The Augustana men's volleyball team will be independent for the first year, then apply to join the Midwest Men's Volleyball Conference, which now has 14 teams.

The women's bowling team will be independent, and not join a conference.Wrath says the two new varsity teams will expand the opportunities for Augustana students. 

A full time volleyball coach and a part time bowling coach will be hired this spring to begin recruitment.

The men's volleyball season will run from January to mid-April and women's bowling goes from October to March.

QC Times (Davis & Pingeton), (Angerer)

The Quad City Sports Hall of Fame will soon add three new members.