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Remembering Chuck Austin, Longtime JDC Volunteer

Chuck Austin Photo: Courtesy of the City of Rock Island Bracelet Photo: Courtesy of Pat Shouse

Longtime John Deere Classic volunteer Charles "Chuck" Austin was killed last week in an accident at TPC Deere Run.

This week, tournament volunteers and staff are wearing green bracelets with his name on them.

Austin was a teacher, Rock Island alderman and community volunteer, and this year marked his 27th year working on the grunt crew at the John Deere Classic.

Tournament Director Clair Peterson, Volunteer Chairman Pat Shouse and grunt-crew leader Pat Huys — along with Chuck's wife, Ann — reflect on his service to the John Deere Classic.

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