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).
 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Celebrating and Playing the Game of Golf

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Last week, The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) and the Davis Love Foundation (DLF) hosted the Davis Love III Junior Open at Sea Island Golf Club (July 22-24). The 78-player field featured players from 12 states, Canada, China, Japan andn Thailand. They played 54 holes on the Seaside at Sea Island, GA - the same course the pros play during The McGladrey Classic (scheduled for Oct. 20-26 this year). Will Chandler of Atlanta, who has verbally committed to the University of Georgia, won the Boys Division. Capturing the Girls Division was Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Connecticut. Whaley has verbally committed to the University of North Carolina, the alma mater of tournament host Davis Love III. Check out their smiling faces in this picture of them with their trophies. Way to go, Will and Kelly!

Speaking of Sea Island, for the second year in a row, The Lodge and The Cloister have been named two of the top five resorts in the Continental U.S. in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. Also making the best hotel spas in the country, The Spa at Sea Island was ranked third. Congratulations to Sea Island on all their well deserved achievement this year! We look forward to returning to the island for The McGladrey Classic in October!

All three Team McGladrey members are on the greens this week: Zach Johnson is in Ohio for the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone, while Chris DiMarco and Davis Love III are in Nevada for the Barracuda Championship. DiMarco teed off at 7:22 a.m., PT from tee No. 10 and Davis will tee off at 12:55 p.m., PT from tee No. 1. Zach tees at 2 p.m, CT from tee No. 10 (in OH). As usual, we’ll be pulling for “our guys” this week!

Also this week, Zach was featured in the August issue of Golf Digest magazine. Discussing how to get a power boost at impact, the article, Snap Your Swing For Distance,” focuses on how players can increase their golf swing speed with their arms – much like Zach does. An excerpt from the article shares:  

Zach Johnson, whom I've worked with since 2000, is a great example of snap speed. He's not a long hitter, but he's in the top 10 on tour in a stat called total distance efficiency, which means he optimizes his speed at impact. If you want more distance, you've got to snap it like Zach.

Mike Bender (@MikeBenderGolf) shared on twitter the breakdown of what he means by snap speed. If you’re interested in learning more, read the full article.
 

 
Before closing this week’s post, here’s a bit of trivia for you. Did you know that August is National Golf Month? It’s true! It’s a real thing! In honor of the month, how do you plan to celebrate? If you need a few ideas, check out these 18 ways to celebrate from the Daily Tee.

Check back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and The McGladrey Classic. This year’s tournament is only 80 short days away…!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

From Canada to Colorado to Sea Island

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Congratulations to Rory McIlroy on his big win last weekend at The Open Championship! McIlroy is now a three-time major championship – at the age of 25! Incredible. Way to go Rory, we wish you luck the rest of the 2014 season (and would love to see you at Sea Island for The McGladrey Classic in October)!

Moving on to Team McGladrey, our guys are spread across North America this week. Chris DiMarco is in Canada for the RBC Canadian Open. Chris teed off at 12:15 p.m., ET from tee No. 10. A few extended McGladrey “family members” are playing in the RBC as well: Heath Slocum (2010 McGladrey Classic winner), Ben Crane (2011) and Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey (2012). Zach Johnson is in Colorado for BMW Championship’s media day since he was the 2013 winner. And, Davis Love III is in his hometown and home to The McGladrey Classic, Sea Island. On Tues., July 22, the Davis Love III Junior Open started and is wrapping up today (Thurs., July 24). Speaking of media day and Sea Island, we’re already beginning planning for the 2014 McGladrey Classic Media Day – scheduled for Sept. 15. It’ll be here before we know it – as will this year’s tournament (Oct. 20 – 26). Eighty-seven days and counting…

And while we’re on the topic of The McGladrey Classic, have you checked out this year’s schedule of events? There will be lots of fun activities. Check out the schedule below, and remember to send us your pictures from the events you attend. You never know…we might just post them here on the McGladrey golf blog. Share your personal experiences from the tournament, as well. Use #McGladreyClassic and we’ll follow along with all of you. We are beyond excited about this year’s tournament – and hope you share in the excitement! In preparation, remember to purchase your tickets and merchandise.


Pop back in next week for more updates on all things Team McGladrey and McGladrey Classic!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Keeping Busy with Team McGladrey

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What a weekend Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson had at the John Deere Classic! Congratulations on a strong second place finish, Zach! We hope you carry your great play across the pond this week to England for The Open Championship in Hoylake, England. Zach tees off at 1:38 p.m., ET from tee No. 1. ESPN will be airing the event, so we’ll be tuning in. Will you?  

 Related to the Open Championship, The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive featured Team McGladrey Member Chris DiMarco this week disussing Royal Liverpool’s holes 16-18 for the 2014 British Open. You can watch that video here.  And, yesterday (Wed., July 16), The Golf Channel shared a look from what one of the former Open champions wore. Check out the image to your right, take a minute to guess who it is. Curious? It was none other than John Daly! Daly continues to entertain golf fans with his eclectic on-the-course attire. And speaking of eye-catching golf attire, remember Bill Murray rocking the Pabst Blue Ribbon shorts? What do you think of these less-than-conventional choices?

Also in “current events,” Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III shared some cool news recently. Love Golf Management was selected to manage The Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, SC! And next week (July 22-24), the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) and the Davis Love Foundation (DLF) will host the Davis Love III Junior Open at Sea Island Golf Club. The 78-player field will play 54 holes on Seaside, the same course the pros play during The McGladrey Classic. The AJGA and The McGladrey Classic are both celebrating their fifth anniversary of playing in the Golden Isles. If you’d like to learn more about this event or if you’re interested in playing on a foursome, you can contact Jason Ross at jross@AGJGA.or or 678-425-1652.

 Ninety-four days and counting until the 2014 McGladrey Classic (Oct. 20-26)! Check in every Thursday leading up to the tournament for more updates on Team McGladrey, The McGladrey Classic and other golf-related topics!