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JOHNSTON ON GOLF: Still time to help Birdies For The Brave
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JOHNSTON ON GOLF: Still time to help Birdies For The Brave

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Tom Johnston reporter Quad-City Times / Dispatch-Argus

One of the annual events that highlights the local golf calendar is Birdies For The Brave, which is held at TPC Deere Run each October.

The initiative is a national military outreach program supported by PGA Tour Charities Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the PGA Tour and the TPC network.

It usually involves a scramble format golf event at a number of TPC courses throughout the United States, but many of those couldn't happen because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut down many activities since March. The Deere Run event was among those scrapped this year.

However, a complementary program is still going — but for just a short time — allowing you to help raise funds to benefit 10 nonprofit military homefront charities that are part of the initiative. An online auction that features some really nice and unique golf memorabilia runs through Sunday evening at 8 p.m.

Bids are being taken for golf equipment, autographed items, professional golf bags, stay-and-play packages at TPC network courses and many other items.

According to TPC Deere Run head pro Kevin Dean, the local facility is always proud to do its part with a golf event that funnels all proceeds to the initiative.

You can find the online auction on the web at charityauctionstoday.com (in the search bar type “2020 military warriors support foundation”).

Big deal: While many small businesses have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic since March, one annual weekend golf event that usually happens around this time of year has also been shut down because of the virus.

The annual Big Golf Sale — held most recently at the Golden Leaf event center in Davenport — has been canceled.

But the deals can still be found as many local golf professionals — both at public courses and private clubs — who were part of the event in the past are having similar sales at their own facilities. While golfers lose the convenience of lots of merchandise at end-of-season prices in one place, there is still plenty of product to be purchased ahead of what we hope is a normal 2021 golf season.

Your support for the local golf courses and pro shops would be appreciated, especially this year.

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