At 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 18th at TPC Deere Run, each of the five donors will be given an ignition key that may or may not start the Malibu Hybrid parked near the front door of the clubhouse. The one lucky donor whose key successfully starts the car will get to keep it, according to Kristy Ketcham, director of the Birdies for Charity Program.
"Birdies for Charity is extremely grateful that the Select Chevy dealers have made such a strong commitment to our program and to the 500 charities we serve in the Quad Cities and neighboring communities," Ketcham said. "The opportunity for Birdies for Charity donors to win a Chevy Malibu Hybrid adds an extra element of fun and excitement to the pledge drive and to tournament week itself."
The five finalists were chosen at random from a total of 53 people who correctly guessed that the number of birdies made at this year's tournament would be 1,914, according to tournament officials. All 53 winners will receive a John Deere Classic ticket package for the 2010 tournament. The birdies total includes the four tournament rounds as well as 200 birdies for the Wednesday pro-am, which was rained out. The number 200 is designated for rainouts under the charity's rules.
The five donors who correctly guessed the birdies total are:
- Barbara Roeder of LeClaire, Ia.
- Larry Johnson of Rockford, Ill.
- Heidi Rastetter of Geneseo, Ill.
- Jim Zacharewicz of Silvis, Ill.
- Jeff Hassel of Bettendorf, Ia.
Representatives of the John Deere Classic's Birdies for Charity Program and Select Chevy officials are set to conduct the event at the front entrance of the clubhouse. This is the 10th consecutive year in which a car has been used as a grand prize as an incentive for donors to support their favorite charities through the Birdies for Charity program.
John Deere underwrites the administrative cost of the Birdies for Charity Program, making it possible for 100 percent of the donations collected to go to participating charities.
"The support of John Deere is a major reason Birdies for Charity is able to help hundreds of charities every year," Ketcham said. "John Deere's contribution to Birdies for Charity makes it possible for 100 percent of each pledge collected to go directly to its designated charity, along with a bonus contribution to each participating charity."
Steve Stricker won the 2009 John Deere Classic, finishing with a 72-hole score of 20-under par, 264 on Sunday, July 12, at TPC Deere Run. It was Stricker's second victory in 2009 and the sixth of his career.
Chevy is the Official Car of the John Deere Classic. All tournament vehicles were provided by the following nine Select Chevy dealers located at selectchevy.com:
- Deery Brothers, West Burlington, IA
- Eriksen Chevrolet, Milan, IL
- Green Chevrolet, East Moline, IL
- Lujack Chevrolet, Davenport, IA
- McEleney Autocenter, Clinton, IA
- Mills Chevrolet, Moline, IL
- Piehl Motors, Princeton, IL
- Shottenkirk Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Pleasant, IA
- Yemm Chevrolet, Galesburg, IL