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Dedicated Volunteers Help Put on 2016 Deere Classic

Decker Ploehn, John Deere Classic volunteer and former tournament chairman
Michelle O'Neill
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WVIK News

"It was great in '08, and it's been getting better ever since." That's a quote from John Deere Classic volunteer, Decker Ploehn. Bettendorf's city administrator was the chairman of the local PGA tournament in 2008. And the quote is a reference to the increasing amount of money raised for charity and addition of more volunteers over the years.

This year, Ploehn is volunteering in player services.

Ploehn was also the auctioneer at Monday night's Pro-Am Party, which raised around $37,000 for Birdies for Charity.

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We had tickets for the Bears/Packer game. We had tickets to the Ryder Cup. We had pins from the four majors and the Deere Classic last year. And we had tickets to a Notre Dame game.

And he's proud of the history of the professional golf competition.

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Many larger cities don't have an annual PGA Tour event like we've had for 43 years. Deere is a great sponsor, and the tournament raises lots of money for the community. It's pretty special.

Ploehn is just one of hundreds of volunteers who make the John Deere Classic possible. Last year, a record 1,900 people parked cars, drove shuttles, marshaled holes, carried signs with scores, and told fans to be quiet.

Officially, Michelle's title is WVIK News Editor which really just means she wears many hats, doing everything there is to do in the newsroom and around the radio station. She's a multimedia journalist and serves as Assignment Editor, reporter, radio news producer, copy editor, announcer, news anchor/host, and photographer. She also writes and produces content for WVIK.org and social media and trains interns.
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