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John Deere Classic volunteer named 2017 PGA TOUR Volunteer of the Year

December 8, 2017

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA – Longtime John Deere Classic volunteer Chuck Austin was honored posthumously by the PGA TOUR at the TOUR’s Tournament Meetings on December 7.

Austin passed away tragically at the age of 68 while working onsite during his volunteer shift the week prior to the 2017 tournament held at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. With the award, the PGA TOUR will donate $5,000 to a charity of the family’s choice.

“Our family would like to thank the PGA TOUR for this tremendous honor,” said Austin’s widow, Ann Austin.  “We are deeply grateful for the generous donation to the Charles O. Austin Scholarship from the PGA TOUR. It will help to keep Chuck’s memory alive for years to come, as well as assist many high school students in pursuing their dream of a college education. We are honored to accept this award on behalf of all the volunteers of the John Deere Classic who persevered in the face of the shock and tragedy of losing one of their own, working through their grief to achieve a most successful 2017 John Deere Classic.”  

A former math teacher, Austin was an avid golfer and enjoyed a 16-year stint as the boys’ golf coach at Rock Island High School. Known for his kindness and generosity in the community, Austin had volunteered for the John Deere Classic for the past 27 years.

The 2018 John Deere Classic, won this year by Bryson DeChambeau, will be held July 9-15 at TPC Deere Run.

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