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Book Features 50 Years of Golf & QC Stories

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The full book jacket for "Magic Happened" with three-time John Deere Classic champion golfer, Steve Stricker, on the cover

The Quad Cities had to wait an extra year to celebrate its 50th professional golf tournament. That's the subject of a new book by Craig DeVrieze, sports writer and current Communications Director at St. Ambrose University.

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Screenshots of photos in the book of commemorative golf balls throughout the tournament's 50 years

The title of the book is, Magic Happened: Celebrating 50 years of the John Deere Classic.

DeVrieze says one of the most moving parts of the book is about the land where TPC Deere Run was built. Known as Friendship Farm, Charles Deere's daughter, Katherine Butterworth, bought the property along the Rock River in 1911. DeVrieze interviewed her great niece, Anna Hewitt Wolfe.

Magic Happened is full of stories about famous golfers, accolades about its philanthropy through Birdies for Charity, and tales of volunteers some of whom are known as "grunts."

In 1971, Deane Beman won the first Quad City Open at Crow Valley Golf Club. Three-time Deere Classic champion, Steve Stricker, is featured on the cover of "Magic Happened." It's for sale at the gift shop at TPC Deere Run in Silvis.

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Screenshot of a photo in Magic Happened