Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2014 McGladrey Classic - Tuesday Oct. 21st Recap


The Luckiest Man on Sea Island


Guest post by Andre Wells, senior associate – technology and managing consulting with McGladrey LLP, the nation’s leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. Andre is one of several of the firm’s Birdies Fore Love office leaders, who was chosen to attend The McGladrey Classic as a result of his involvement in the charitable aspect of this year’s McGladrey Classic.
I was excited to be chosen as the winner of the trip to The McGladrey Classic…but the excitement of being chosen pales in the light of actually being here. Every moment I’ve experienced up until writing this post has far exceeded the last. I have no doubt that the good times will continue. However, I really should start from the beginning.

When the driver picked me up at the airport, I was already excited. I handed over my bags and hopped into the car with the energy of a kid headed to the candy store or an amusement park. Imagine that same kid watching the mile markers and street signs and counting down the miles. After about 20 minutes into the hour-long trip, I pulled out my laptop and logged into work. I did this not so much because I’m a workaholic, but purely to avoid asking, “Are we there yet?  How ‘bout now?  Now?  No?  How ‘bout now?”  all the way along the ride. The kid in me was on Cloud Nine. fter answering a few emails, I quickly found myself back to reality for a brief moment.  I say, “a brief moment” because just as my proverbial feet touched back down, I saw it—A HUGE billboard on the side of the highway advertising the fifth annual McGladrey Classic! At that moment, I shot THROUGH cloud nine and right into outer space. Now not only was I excited, but also so proud to be a member of the McGladrey team and the lucky winner of such an amazing opportunity. I  grinned from ear to ear for the rest of the drive to Sea Island.

Arriving on the island began the next level of excitement. Being originally from Chicago, living most of my adult life in Southern California and travelling from one busy city to the next for work, that this part of Georgia is a brand new experience for me. The bridges, highways and byways connecting one area of marsh to the next seemed to stretch for miles. Osprey, cranes and other birds indigenous to the area were a beautiful sight. However, my favorite sight had to be the ”Terrapin Crossing” sign posted as you make your way into the town. Now THAT’S something you don’t see in California. I contend with pedestrians, squirrels, dogs, deer and the occasional skunk…but this was a literal sign to me that I wasn’t in Cali anymore. Welcome to Sea Island, where the only traffic you might see probably has something to do with a turtle in the road!

While there was much beauty on our way to the resort, nothing made a bigger impression on me than the small streets lined with majestic oak trees draped in Spanish moss. The canopy of outstretched branches and moss (what locals refer to as “The Avenue of the Oaks”) marks the entrance into The Lodge – top-notch resort with a charming old-world look. Pulling up to the resort filled me with awe. Everything about The Cloister said, “Welcome to Southern Comfort.” I could write pages and pages trying to describe the character, charm and beauty of the grounds but a picture is worth a thousand words…and I hope you are able to see some of the stunning photos of the grounds.

After spending a little time in my room, I headed over to an evening reception for clients and potential clients. I’ll admit, I was a little intimidated when I arrived. Seeing McGladrey Managing Partner and CEO Joe Adams and other McGladrey leadership team members in person (after seeing his pictures and hearing them via conference calls) was a treat. My brain began to swim with names and titles and practice groups and regions before I had even made my first introduction. Heart-racing, palms sweaty…I searched the room for a familiar face. Then Terri Andrews, the firm’s national public relations director, found me. Her smiling face and outstretched hand calmed everything. After a few introductions and a whirlwind photo shoot – including a picture of me with PGA TOUR Professional and Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson, I was no longer lost and no longer panicked. I felt like the luckiest guy in the world to be a part of such a great group of people coming together for a great cause.

While Golf is the overarching theme of the event, the core of The McGladrey Classic and Birdies Fore Love is about stewardship  - which is also one of McGladrey’s core values. And what better way to give back than by focusing on charitable organizations that support families and children, the focus of The McGladrey Classic. Stewardship to me is our duty to our clients, to our communities, to each other and our world at large to manage and care for resources in a way that ensures future access to those resources.  Whether it be a safer place for children or much-needed essentials for entire families, I am beyond proud to be a part of a family of professionals committed to giving back. Above all the excitement, beauty, history and memorable moments on my first day on Sea Island, winning this trip has brought me in contact with a deeper and richer experience of stewardship and family--And for that, I’m the luckiest man on the island!

Monday, October 20, 2014

The McGladrey Classic Has Arrived at Sea Island!


This past weekend a small contingent of McGladrey workers arrived at Sea Island to focus on last-minute preparations for the fifth McGladrey Classic (Oct. 20-26). A lot of work goes into making the tournament a success each year!

As part of the official tournament-related activities, McGladrey partners and private equity clients/potential clients gathered at The Lodge Sunday evening for a pro-am pairings party hosted by Team McGladrey Member and Sea Island resident Davis Love III.

Today marks the first official day of The McGladrey Classic, with the pro-am on the Seaside Course being followed by an annual favorite: Youth Day at Hole No. 1 on the Plantation Course – the same location where Darius Rucker will entertain crowds this Wednesday evening. There will be many more activities between now and then, though, including this evening’s welcome reception at The Cloister’s Spanish Lounge, where Team McGladrey Zach Johnson will be on-hand to greet guests.

We’ll be posting daily updates to this blog throughout the week – including special guests posts by several of McGladrey’s Birdies Fore Love leaders. We hope you’ll check back daily for the“latest and the greatest” about The McGladrey Classic, and that you’ll tune into the Golf Channel Thursday through Friday for live coverage from the event!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Davis Love III Welcomes You to The McGladrey Classic and Sea Island


This week’s post is by Team McGladrey Member, PGA TOUR professional and Sea Island resident Davis Love III.

The fifth McGladrey Classic tees off next week (Oct. 20) at my beautiful home of Sea Island, GA, and it’s my pleasure to welcome you to the island!  

Not only does this PGA TOUR event take place in my “backyard,” but its title sponsor, McGladrey, is a firm I’ve really gotten to know over the past few years, and it’s a firm that that shares many of the core values of the game of golf: excellence, integrity, respect, teamwork and stewardship.  

Since its inception in 2010, The McGladrey Classic has raised nearly $2 million for national and local nonprofit organizations focused on children and their families. The good folks at McGladrey, along with their clients, raised more than $430,000 last year alone through the tournament’s Birdies Fore Love program. Together, we’re looking forward to doing even more this year!

Welcome to Sea Island…and to The McGladrey Classic!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Field – and the Excitement - Continue to Grow!


Exciting news: PGA TOUR players Jonathan Byrd, Padraig Harrington, Johnson Wagner and Team McGladrey Member Chris DiMarco have been awarded sponsor exemptions to play in the fifth annual McGladrey Classic, which is just a few short weeks away (Oct. 20-26) at  Sea Island! A few additional commitments include Stewart Cink, Brian Harman, Webb Simpson, plus many more! Checkout the 2014 Player Field.

And since the tournament is just around the corner, we thought you might like to know about a few interesting supporters/sponsorships for this year:  

·         Telluric Group LLC, which provides precision equipment to the military, training to police officers and protective services to business executives, has partnered with the Davis Love Foundation to support a Military Outpost for the armed services during the tournament. The Military Outpost is an exclusive venue near the 9th green, which includes complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages for active-duty, reserves and retired military. It’s open from 10 a.m. through completion of play Thursday through Sunday during the tournament, so if you’re serving (or have served) our country, drop by! In addition to the Military Outpost, members of the armed forces receive special ticket pricing and Saturday is designated as Military Appreciation Day.
·    Also new during this year's tournament is MasterCard Priceless Perks! Cardholders are entitled to complimentary VIP ticket upgrades; all you need is your MasterCard®! All cardholders will have a chance to win upgraded tickets at the tournament during competitve rounds. For more information on how ti win, check the course mpa when you arrive at The McGladrey Classic. Click here for official contest rules.

·       The Rotary Club of St. Simons Island, in partnership with the Davis Love Foundation and Nalley Auto, will host this year’s “Meet the Local Pros” event on Mon., Oct. 20 at The King and Prince Beach& Golf Resort from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. [Tickets are $65 per person and well worth it. Interested? Get yours today (insert hyperlink).

We’re looking forward to this year’s tournament – not only for the great golf and for the opportunities we’ll have to build relationships with clients and potential clients – but we’re also excited about (hopefully) seeing year’s McGladrey Classic Sweepstakes winner Joe Wytanis around the course – and to hearing his take on his experiences at the tournament!

Have you purchased your tickets yet? If not, do it now and while you’re at it, check out some of the merchandise you could sport while on the island!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Special Invitation from Zach Johnson


This week’s post is by Team McGladrey Member, PGA TOUR professional and Sea Island resident Zach Johnson.

The 2014 McGladrey Classic is just a few short weeks away, and I’m stoked!

The McGladrey Classic is near-and-dear to my heart, not only because McGladrey is the title sponsor of this PGA TOUR event, but because the tournament is at my home of Sea Island, GA. I might be a little biased when I say that the Seaside Course is one of the most beautiful courses in the world. But I’m not the only one who thinks this is a special place. Sea Island’s The Lodge and The Cloister, were recently named two of the top five resorts in the Continental U.S. in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, and The Spa at Sea Island was ranked the No. 3 hotel spa in the country. Clearly, it’s a unique place! 

Another reason The McGladrey Classic is so special to me is because of the charitable donations raised through the tournament for local and national nonprofits focused on benefitting children and their families. Much like the game of golf, my friends with McGladrey have a strong focus on stewardship. Giving back to the communities where its employees live and work has been a core focus of McGladrey since the firm’s inception in 1926 – and it continues to be a strong focus to this day. During last year’s tournament alone, McGladrey employees and clients raised more than $430,000 for charitable organizations nationwide through their participation in The McGladrey Classic’s Birdies Fore Love program. They’re looking forward to doing even more this year!

Thanks, McGladrey, for your focus on the community, and for your love of golf. I look forward to seeing you and tens of thousands of golf enthusiasts at “my home” Oct. 20 – 26!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rooting for Team USA!


This is an exciting week in the golf world as the 2014 Ryder Cup kicks off tomorrow (Fri., Sept. 26). Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson is on Team USA and we cannot wait to tune in  to The Golf Channel and NBC to cheer him and the rest of the team on! Below are the tee times and TV schedule:

Fri., Sept. 6
Times (ET)
Morning Fourball (4 matches)
2:35 a.m. | 2:50 a.m. | 3:05 a.m. | 3:20 a.m.
       Europe                                    USA
J.Rose/H.Stenson             B.Watson/W.Simpson
T.Bjorn/M.Kaymer           R.Fowler/J.Walker
S.Gallacher/I.Poulter       J.Speith/P.Reed
S.Garcia/R.Mcilroy           K.Bradley/P.Michelson
Afternoon Foursomes (4 matches)
8:15 a.m. | 8:30 a.m. | 8:45 a.m.| 9 a.m.
Day 1 TV Coverage: Golf Channel
2:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 27
Times (ET)
Morning Fourball (4 matches)
2:35 a.m. | 2:50 a.m. | 3:05 a.m. | 3:20 a.m.
Afternoon Foursomes (4 matches)
8:15 a.m. | 8:30 a.m. | 8:45 a.m. | 9 a.m.
*If playing Foursomes in the morning on either of the first two days, refer to Fourball afternoon times on the right
7:15 a.m. | 7:30 a.m. | 7:45 a.m. | 8 a.m.
Day 2 TV Coverage: NBC
3 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 28
Times (ET)
Singles (12 matches)
Starts at 6:36; 12-minute intervals thereafter
Day 3 TV Coverage: NBC
7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Have YOU entered for your chance to win a VIP trip to the 2014 McGladrey Classic? Interested parties have until Tues., Sept. 30. to enter The McGladrey Classic Sweepstakes! Enter Now! And while you’re over on the McGladrey Classic website, be sure to take your enter the Birdies Fore Love ‘Guess the Birdies’ contest for your chance to win a 2014 Buick Verano! One-hundred percent of your donations is applied to the charity you select, and your donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Since its inception in 2012, the program has raised more than $500,000 for charity. Please help us in our continuing efforts to raise money for charities through this program.

Be sure to check back next week as there will be a post by a special guest!