Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hit the ground putting!

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Hard to believe but we are a mere 31 days away from the 2014 McGladrey Classic! In preparation for this year’s tournament (Oct. 20-26), a small team headed to Sea Island earlier this week for Media Day to welcome reporters to the island and to answer questions about McGladrey’s partnership with the PGA TOUR, sponsorship of The McGladrey Classic, Team McGladrey and the importance of stewardship – to both McGladrey and the game of golf. Since its inception in 2010, The McGladrey Classic has raised nearly $2 million for local and national charitable organizations.
 
A few McGladrey key spokesperson’s were joined by last year’s McGladrey Classic winner Chris Kirk, Team McGladrey Member and Tournament Host Davis Love III and others who answered reporter questions before heading to a putting contest to raise money for local charitable organizations. While many organizations benefitted from the putting contest, the big winners of the day were Ronald McDonald House ($2,500), Hope House ($1,500) and Hospice Golden Isles ($1,000).

A few of our favorite quotes from the day:

"The whole community eats, live and breathes The McGladrey Classic."
- Joe Willie Sousa, Golden Isles Broadcasting

"The McGladrey Classic sells itself!"
- Chris Kirk, 2014 McGladrey Classic Winner
 
"Stewardship is one of our core values."
- McGladrey's Bill Gorman
 
With Media Day behind us, we’re now teed up for The McGladrey Classic next month (Oct. 20 – 26). You can view the complete schedule of tournament events on The McGladrey Classic website.
 
Team McGladrey Members are taking a break this week as there are no PGA TOUR tournaments taking place. Next week, Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson will be in Scotland for the 2014 Ryder Cup. We can’t wait to cheer on Team USA: Rickie Fowler | Jim Furyk | Zach Johnson | Matt Kuchar | Phil Mickelson | Patrick Reed | Jordan Spieth | Jimmy Walker | Bubba Watson | Keegan Bradley | Hunter Mahan | Webb Simpson. And more good news about Zach: Yesterday (Sept. 17), we received confirmation that he’ll compete at this year’s McGladrey Classic! We’re looking forward to sharing names of some of the other PGA TOUR players who commit to join us at Sea Island. Who would you like to see there?
 
And speaking of The McGladrey Classic, the tournament Sweepstakes closes Tues., Sept. 30. Visit the sweepstakes info page to learn the details about how to enter. And if you’re feeling extra lucky, be sure to “Guess the Birdies” for this year’s tournament. One lucky contesetant in the Birdies Fore Love program will receive a brand new 2014 Buick Verano courtesy of our friends at Nalley Buick GMC! Check out the brief Birdies Fore Love video to learn more about the program.
 

Check back next week to learn the latest on Team McGladrey and the 2014 McGladrey Classic!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gearing up for the 2014 McGladrey Classic

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There are a lot of big milestones this week, by far, the most somber is the 13-year anniversary of 9/11. Like many others across the country and around the world, we’re taking a moment to remember those who were affected by the tragic events that occurred in 2001, and we celebrate all of those who emerged as heroes.  




Earlier this week (Sept. 10) was golfing legend Arnold Palmer’s 85th birthday! The PGA TOUR created a wonderful tribute, which you can watch here.  

Also this week, Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson is in Atlanta for the TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. Zach tees off at 12:50 p.m. ET from tee No. 1 this afternoon (Thurs., Sept. 11).  Best of luck, Zach – we’re pulling for you!  

Earlier this week, Hodnett Cooper featured an article on how St. Simons Island is gearing up for the fifth McGladrey Classic. The relaxed atmosphere of the island and some of the PGA TOUR players who call St Simons home were highlighted. Below is an excerpt from the article, which can be read in its entirety here.  

St. Simons Island will again be pleased to have The McGladrey Classic and all the excitement it brings. We’ll be riding our bikes to the course and cheering for the locals. Then we’ll watch it all again on television, through the technicolor lens of The Golf Channel. And like Davis Love III himself, we’ll take it all in stride with the quiet confidence that we’ve been lucky enough to discover one of the most magical places on Earth. And we’re able to call it home.
 
And speaking of The McGldadrey Classic, we are 38 days away from sharing the beauty of Sea Island throughout this year’s tournament  - with those who visit in person and those who tune in to the Golf Channel (Thurs., Oct. 23 through Sun., Oct. 26). Want to catch the beauty of the island first-hand? Check out the complete schedule of events.

Check back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and the 2014 McGladrey Classic.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

#LoveTheMcGladreyClassic

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Congratulations to 2013 McGladrey Classic Champion Chris Kirk on his big win last weekend at the Deutsche Bank Championship! Way to go, Chris! Your McGladrey friends are so happy for you, and we look forward to seeing you back at Sea Island soon…(perhaps for the 2014 McGladrey Classic – Oct. 20-26?)

This week is a big one for Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson, who is in Colorado at Cherry Hills Country Club for the BMW Championship. Zach, the tournament’s defending champion, tees off this afternoon at 12:48 p.m., MT from tee No. 1. We wish you the best this weekend, Zach! And you can bet we’ll have our fingers crossed for a back-to-back win! As a reader of this blog, who are YOU rooting for?

For all those who follow social media, you are well aware of #tbt (Throw Back Thursday). In honor of the fifth anniversary of The McGladrey Classic, check out this photo montage of five of our favorite moments from the 2013 tournament:


Share with us your favorite moments and why YOU #LoveTheMcGladreyClassic in the comments below.

Speaking of The McGladrey Classic, there are just 45 short days until we tee things up for this year’s tournament at Sea Island! We’re still looking for volunteer laser operators and marshals for this year’s tournament. Laser Operators will assist PGA TOUR staff with the compilation of player statistics. Each hole will have several volunteers to track each player’s shot using lasers. Shifts vary according to tee times. In order to ensure proper coverage, volunteers are asked to commit to a full day of service and attend a training session. Marshals will provide control for the tournament by monitoring all golf course crosswalks, tee boxes, greens, clubhouse, and practice areas. If you are interested in contributing to the success of this year’s event, register today to volunteer next month.  

Prefer to be a spectator? Tickets for The McGladrey Classic are still available! Don't miss a minute of the tournament action. Purchase a weekly ticket booklet for tournament access Wed., Oct. 22 through Sun., Oct. 26,  including lawn seating for Wednesday evening’s Darius Rucker concert! Additional ticket options include daily tickets, good-any-one-day tickets (your choice), concert tickets (Wed., Oct. 22), and meet-the-pros tickets (Mon., Oct. 20).

Don’t forget… You have until the end of this month (Tues., Sept. 30) to enter The McGladrey Classic Facebook Sweepstakes! Simply complete and submit the entry form and. Each entrant can enter only once, but will receive one additional entry for EACH friend they refer to the contest. So share-on, my friends! For more details, visit the entry page.
 
 

Stop by next week to see what Team McGladrey is up to and for additional news about the 2014 McGladrey Classic!  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Announcements Galore!

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This week is full of announcements but before getting into those, let’s see what Team McGladrey is up to! We’ll go into further details in a second but let’s just say Davis Love III has his hands full this week. J Zach Johnson is in Massachusetts for the Deutsche Bank Championship. Zach tees off at 1:28 p.m., ET from tee No. 1 this afternoon (Aug. 28). And, Chris DiMarco has been keeping busy with his SiriusXM oPINionated radio program and The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive.

And now for the announcements… On Tues., Aug. 26, the Love family welcomed their first grandchild. Davis’ daughter, Lexie, delivered a beautiful girl, Eloise Charles. We are so excited and wish the entire family the very best with the new addition! If you’d like to send your congratulations, leave a comment below and we’ll be sure to share it with the Love family!
We announced this last week but it’s so fantastic, we just had to share again: You can Enter the McGladrey Classic Sweepstakes for a chance to win two tickets to The McGladrey Classic with access to the Oaks Terrance, an open-air hospitality venue near the 9th Green. The prize package includes a luncheon buffet and full bar service at Oaks Terrace and access to upgraded restroom facilities. What an incredible experience! We wish you the best if you enter to win!  
This week was the launch of McGladrey’s Birdies Fore Love program. Teresa Carlin, national leader of McGladrey’s Birdies Fore Love program, shared a message with all McGladrey employees to get them teed up for their participation in the program again this year. (Last year, McGladrey employees and clients contributed heavily to their favorite charitable organizations through Birdies Fore Love, and we’re looking forward to doing more great things this year!) But you don’t have to be a McGladrey employee to support your favorite charitable organization through Birdies Fore Love. Learn more about how you can participate and make a donation to a worthy charitable organization by visiting mcgladreybirdies.com.

To close out this week, we’d like to wish you and yours a HAPPY and safe Labor Day weekend! Check back next week to see what Team McGladrey members are up to , and for more updates on the 2014 McGladrey Classic.  

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

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It’s hard to believe it’s already been nearly a year since the last McGladrey Classic, and that the next event is less than two short months away! Time flies, doesn’t it? The McGladrey Classic staff is busy planning this year’s PGA TOUR tournament, and we’re looking forward to joining tens of thousands of golf enthusiasts at Sea Island in October (Oct. 20-26)!

And speaking of this year’s tournament, a new McGladrey Classic Sweepstakes has just launched, and will give one lucky winner a FREE TRIP to this year’s event! YOU could win accommodations for two nights at The Inn at Sea Island and two tickets to The McGladrey Classic with access to the Oaks Terrace. Click here to enter! It’s easy:

1.      Like each sponsor’s Facebook page to receive updates,
2.      Submit your entry for a chance to win, and
3.      Share with friends and receive additional entries.

This week, Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson is in New Jersey for the 2014 Barclays. Zach tees off at  12:55 p.m., ET from tee No. 1. The Golf Channel will be covering this tournament so be sure to tune in to watch the action! And, those behind a computer screen all day, don’t worry – Live@ is streaming the coverage as well. You can access that here. Best of luck, Zach!

Once again, Team McGladrey Member Chris DiMarco is being featured on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. Chris will be talking about The Barclays, Rory McIlroy concerns, top golf courses in New Jersey and more. And while we’re talking about Chris, you might want to take a minute on Sat., Aug. 23 to wish him a happy birthday. You can connect with Chris on Twitter (@ChrisDiMarco) or on Facebook. You can also leave your birthday wishes for Chris here on our golf blog, and we’ll be sure to pass them along.  Chris also participated in the ALS ice bucket challenge that has taken social media by storm! What an incredible way to bring awareness to this charitable organization. You can view Chris accepting the challenge on his Facebook page.  

To complete our updates on Team McGladrey, last week at the Wyndham Championship, Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III celebrated his 708th start! In a great PGA TOUR article, Davis talks about his career (this is his 29th PGA TOUR season) and how the game has evolved throughout the years. Take a few minutes to read, Love: A lot has changed in 708 starts. We think you’ll like it.  

We’ll be back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and The McGladrey Classic – our excitement about this year’s tournament continues to grow!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson Joins Team USA!

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This week it’s all about Team McGladrey! Davis Love III is in Greensboro, NC for the Wyndham Championship. Davis had an early start this morning, teeing off at 7:40 a.m., ET from tee No. 10. This year marks the 75th time the Wyndham Championship has been held! In celebration of this significant milestone, check out the article the PGA TOUR featured on 75 things you should know about one of the TOUR’s oldest tournaments! One of our favorite facts was No. 28. In fact, we liked it so much that we’re including it in our post below. Check out No. 30, 59 and 69, as well – lots of good stuff here!  

28. Davis Love III produced a finish for the ages to win the 1992 GGO at Forest Oaks. He started the final round three shots behind, yet won the tournament by a whopping six strokes, posting a course-record 31-31--62 that included two eagles on holes on which he holed out from greenside bunkers. Love, one of only three North Carolinians to win the tournament (Raymond Floyd and Webb Simpson are the others.), almost holed out for a third eagle, hitting a wedge to the 16th that stopped barely two inches from the cup.

Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson received some exciting news last Sun. (Aug.10). He was selected as one of 12 PGA TOUR professionals to make up the U.S. Ryder Cup team! We are proud of Zach on this accomplishment and cannot wait to cheer on Team USA on Sept. 23-28!  

This week we also received a surprise in the mail! Zach was featured on the cover of Golf Magazine this month! Very cool – have you picked up your copy yet?

Last week during the PGA Championship, Chris DiMarco was on the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. Chris discussed PGA TOUR professionals, hole locations, he gave a demo and provided some tips for downhill lies around the green, and discussed the mental mindset and how to prepare for a major. Good tips, which we plan to put to use!

Before signing off, we want to wish Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey, 2012 McGladrey Classic champion, a happy birthday (Aug. 13) and all our lefty readers a happy Left Hander’s International Day (Aug. 14)! Check back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and The McGladrey Classic (Oct. 20-26). Sixty-six days and counting… We hope to see YOU at Sea Island for this year’s tournament! And speaking of Sea Island, we expect to have some special guest posts as we get closer to the tournament. Check back for those in October – you won’t want to miss ’em!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Birdies Fore Love + For the Brave

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This week, all three Team McGladrey members are in Louisville, KY for the PGA Championship. Davis Love III and Zach Johnson are playing, while Chris DiMarco will be covering this tournament for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. Davis tees off at 1:30 p.m. ET from tee No. 10 and Zach is at 2:15 p.m. ET from tee No. 1. Best of luck to “our boys!”  

Also this week, tickets to the 2014 McGladrey Classic are starting to ship! With just a little more than two months until the tournament tees off, tickets are still available. Don’t miss your chance, though, order yours today! You can choose from daily, weekly or special packages. As a reminder, youth age 17 and under, receive free admission Wed., Oct. 22 through Sun., Oct. 26, when accompanied by a paying adult. Also, remember that Birdies for the Brave allows active, reserve, and military retirees to get up to two complimentary tickets. Veterans are eligible for up to two discounted tickets. Click here to verify your military status and claim your ticket voucher. Sat., Oct. 25 is Military Appreciation Day at the tournament.

While you’re checking out tickets, visit the Birdies Fore Love page to guess the correct number of birdies during competitive rounds (Thurs., Oct. 23 through Sun., Oct. 26) of The McGladrey Classic. One lucky contestant will receive a brand NEW 2014 Buick Verano courtesy of our friends at Nalley Buick GMC. One number could lead to one car – are YOU feeling lucky?

Last week at the WGC Bridgestone, 2011 McGladrey Classic champion, Ben Crane, made a special appearance with his “Golf Boys” in the stands. Maybe we’ll get lucky to see some of these outfits, especially the red wetsuit, at the 2014 McGladrey Classic!  

Check back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and the McGladrey Classic (Oct. 20-26).