“Birdies” Wants to Break the Record Breaker

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

The charitable arm of the annual John Deere Classic wants to break its own record.

"Birdies for Charity" says it hopes to raise more money than last year's shattering $8.7 million.

"The momentum from the past few years hopefully will carry us on," said Birdies for Charity director Kristy Ketcham-Jackson.

"We've got great leadership again this year.  We've got great participation from our charities.  And we've already got donors reaching out to us wondering 'When can I make my donation to my favorite charity'."

But organizers admit last year was an exceptional year.

Actor Bill Murray brought record crowds to the Pro-Am.

Golfer Jordan Spieth was the highlight as he won his second JDC title.

And good weather didn't stop the pros from sinking birdies on the course.

In 2014, "Birdies" made $6.33 million dollars in donations based on the number of birdies sunk by the pro golfers.  That's why the $8.7 million raised in 2015 was such a surprise.

This year, "Birdies" also gets more time.  The John Deere Classic is usually held the week after July 4th.  This year, to avoid the Summer Olympic Games, the tournament will be held in August.

"Around this time of the year we get a lot of charities signing up and that will continue," said Ketcham-Jackson.

And she says there are more charities this year.

"They can continue to sign up in the next month, even couple of months, they just need to allow themselves enough time to be able to reach their donors."