Thursday, February 26, 2015

Congrats Abound Related to The McGladrey Classic

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Last week we mentioned rumblings about Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III being named Team USA’s captain of the 2016 Ryder Cup. This week, the rumors were confirmed – Davis will, indeed, lead the team in 2016. Congrats, Davis – your friends at McGladrey are so proud!  

Here’s an excerpt from the official Ryder Cup announcement, where Davis shares his excitement:

“I am thrilled to be the Team USA Captain and represent our country as we work to win back the Ryder Cup,” said Love. “It is a great honor to be in the position to help build the Team, but our mission doesn’t end there. What we accomplish in 2016 at Hazeltine must serve as the foundation for future USA Ryder Cup Teams. As the son of a PGA Professional and representing all PGA members, I am very proud to accept this responsibility and eager to get started."

More exciting news in the world of golf was shared this week: the National Golf Course Association (NGCOA) recognized the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club (home of The McGladrey Classic) with the 2015 Jemsek Award for golf course excellence. You can read all the details on this in Golf Course Industry. We’d like to give a shout out to all our friends at Sea Island on this prestigious recognition!

Also this week, Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson is in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida for the Honda Classic. Zach teed off at 7:15 a.m., EST from tee No. 10.  Also playing in the Honda Classic are past McGladrey Classic winners Ben Crane (2011), Chris Kirk (2013) and Robert Streb (2014). Sounds a bit like a reunion for The McGladrey Classic “family!”

Check back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and the 2015 McGladrey Classic, scheduled for Nov. 16-22.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

“Loving” This Week, And Looking Forward To More

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It’s a busy week for Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III. He’s in California for the Northern Trust Open, where he’s joined by Robert Streb, winner of the 2014 McGladrey Classic. They tee off this morning at 7:53 a.m., PST from tee No. 1. We’re pulling for “our guys!”  

Also this week, we’re hearing lots of rumblings about Davis being selected as the U.S. Captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup. The official announcement is supposed to be issued Tues., Feb. 24, so we’ll be awaiting that news, and will report back on that during next week’s post. But wait…there’s more…Davis was elected this week by the PGA TOUR to be Chairman of the Player Advisory Council (PAC). The 16-member PAC advises and consults with the PGA TOUR Policy Board and Commissioner Tim Finchem on issues affecting the TOUR. Davis will serve with (among others) 2010 McGladrey Classic winner Heath Slocum. Congratulations to Davis!

And we can’t move away from Team McGladrey without wishing Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson a happy early birthday! If you want to send Zach your wishes for a happy birthday, feel free to leave those in the comments section of this blog, and we’ll pass them along to him on Tues., Feb. 24 – his actual special day. Or…you can follow him on Twitter at @ZachJohnsonPGA, and share your best wishes directly with him there.  

Coming up in the world of golf: on March 24, Jack Nicklaus will be awarded with the highest civilian award the U.S. Congress can bestow – the Congressional Gold Medal. Jack will be the third golfer to receive the award (others are Bryon Nelson and Arnold Palmer) for the many contributions to the game of golf and community and nation. For more details, check out this Golf Channel article. What an incredible achievement for such a deserving person. Congratulations, Jack!

Speaking of recognitions, TRAVEL + LEISURE 2015 World’s Best Awards Survey is underway, and you can help Sea Island, home of The McGladrey Classic, win. If you’d like to share your love of and thoughts about the island and its world-class hospitality, cast your vote today.  If you complete the survey, you’ll be entered into T+L’s giveaway, which will provide one lucky winner with a $10,000 dream trip to his/her destination of choice. Don’t miss your chance to win!

Check back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and The McGladrey Classic, which is scheduled for Nov. 16-22, 2015.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

It’s a “Break Out The Bubbly” Kind of Week

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Sea Island has popped the bubbly to celebrate seven consecutive years of being awarded four Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star ratings. Sea Island, home of The McGladrey Classic, is known for their gracious hospitality and luxurious accommodations and is the only resort IN THE WORLD to earn four Five-Star ratings for seven years in a row! We’re impressed! The four awards were:

Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotels
The Cloister, Sea Island
The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club, St. Simons Island 

Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Restaurant
Georgian Room, Sea Island Golf Club, Sea Island

Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Spa
The Spa at Sea Island, The Cloister, Sea Island

 
Congratulations to our extended McGladrey Classic “family” members and friends on this recognition!

Speaking of our McGladrey Classic family members, Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III is in California for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Davis tees off at 8:11 a.m. PST from tee No. 10 on the Spyglass Hill course. Also at Pebble Beach is a few past McGladrey Classic winners: Heath Slocum (2010), Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey (2012) and Chris Kirk (2013). Go get ’em, boys!

Team McGladrey Member Chris DiMarco made a guest appearance earlier this week on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive to show amateurs on a simulator how to play the fifth and 12th holes at Pebble Beach.

Now for a little fun…let’s see how good you are at spotting the differences! Can you identify five between the two photos below? 
 

We wish our readers a Happy Valentine’s Day this coming weekend, and hope you’ll stop by next week for more on The McGladrey Classic and Team McGladrey.  

Thursday, February 5, 2015

McGladrey Classic Welcomes New Names and Faces

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There has been lots of activity with The McGladrey Classic this week. First up: Imperial will be the exclusive headwear partner for this year’s tournament (Nov. 16-22). Imperial is a natural fit  since they’re already an event sponsor for the Jones Cup Invitational. Speaking of which, congratulations to Austin Connelly for winning the this year’s invitational! With this win, Austin secured a sponsor’s exemption to the 2015 McGladrey Classic. Welcome to The McGladrey Classic family, Imperial and Austin!  

 Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III travelled from one side of the country (his home on Sea Island, GA – home of The McGladrey Classic) to the other side this week to play in the Farmer’s Insurance Open in San Diego. We think that was a smart choice on his part, as he dodged the cold front that swept the East coast this week! Davis tees off today at 9:30 a.m. PST from tee No. 10, and is joined in the field by three McGladrey Classic champions: Heath Slocum (2010), Ben Crane (2011) and Chris Kirk (2013). So…it’ll be a reunion of sorts. Good luck, guys – your friends at McGladrey will be pulling for you!

Before we move on from Davis, last week we mentioned he was interviewed by Sirius XM radio’s Matt Adams for the station’s Fairways of Life segment. The interview has now been posted; click here, and enjoy the great conversation!

 More big news from The McGladrey Classic family: Robert Streb, 2014 McGladrey Classic winner, and his wife Maggie welcomed a baby girl – Catherine Joye – on Tues., Feb. 3. Check out the photo he shared on Twitter – too cute! Congratulations, Robert and Maggie!  

 And with that, we’re already a month into planning for this year’s McGladrey Classic. While it’s 283 days away, we know it’ll be here before we know it. We’ll share updates throughout the year as details are finalized. In the meantime, what are YOU most excited about for this year’s tournament?

Be sure to stop by next week for more updates on Team McGladrey, The McGladrey Classic and all things golf-related!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A view to remember

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Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson teed off this morning at 7:57 a.m. MST from tee No. 1 for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Zach is joined in Arizona by other members of the  McGladrey “family:”past McGladrey Classic winners Ben Crane (2011) and Robert Streb (2014).  Best of luck this weekend to our “three musketeers”! To follow the tournament, tune in to The Golf Channel this weekend.  

At Sea Island (home of The McGladrey Classic), we snapped a beautiful shot from hole No. 14 on the Seaside Course. The stunning sunset, marsh, greenery and a great view of the Atlantic ocean with the Sidney Lanier Bridge in the distance all combined for a beautiful view. Does it get any better than that? Which hole is your favorite at Seaside? If you have a photo, we’d love for you to share it with us! If you don’t follow us already, check out our Facebook page, LinkedIn and Twitter sites to see and hear behind-the-scenes posts.

Earlier this week, Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III spoke with SiriusXM’s Matt Adams on the station’s Fairways of Life radio show. In the interview, they talked about Love’s golf management projects, how to grow the game of golf, The McGladrey Classic and much more! Check it out.

Join us next Thursday for more update dates on Team McGladrey and the 2015 McGladrey Classic (Nov. 16-22).

Thursday, January 22, 2015

From Coast to Coast

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This week, Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson is in California for the Humana Challenge, where he is joined by previous McGladrey Classic winners Heath Slocum (2010), Ben Crane (2011) and Chris Kirk (2013). If you plan on tuning in to The Golf Channel to watch, Zach tees off at 8:40 a.m., PST from tee No. 10 on PGA West (Nicklaus) and Slocum is at 8:30 a.m. from tee No. 1. On PGA West (Palmer), Crane tees off at 8:40 a.m., PST from tee No. 10 and Kirk is at 9:40 a.m. from tee No. 1.  Best of luck to all our “guys”!

In other news, the annual PGA Merchandise Show kicked off yesterday (Tues., Jan. 20) with Demo Day and an instructional workshop. Jan. 21-23 will be the actual exhibit days and conferences in Orlando. This event is always a big hit for golf industry professionals; Team McGladrey Member Chris DiMarco even showed up this year!

In case you missed it, The Brunswick News recently published a great article about three area nonprofits that benefit from The McGladrey Classic: Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia; Special Olympics, Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation and the First Tee Program. Numerous other local, regional and national charitable organizations receive proceeds from The McGladrey Classic, as well. Stewardship is one of McGladrey’s core values, and giving back to the community through The McGladrey Classic is one of the key ways we live that value. We’d like to thank all of The McGladrey Classic supporters and volunteers for their role in helping the 2014 tournament raise more than $930,000 for deserving children- and family-focused charitable organizations, and are looking forward to raising even more for those in need through this year’s event!    

Check back with us next Thursday for more on Team McGladrey and the 2015 McGladrey Classic (Nov. 16-22)!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

McGladrey Classic Mentions

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Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson had a great run last week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, finishing in seventh place. Hopping over a few islands this week, Zach is on Honolulu for the Sony Open where he is joined by fellow Team McGladrey Member, Davis Love III. Zach tees off at 12:30 p.m., HST from tee No. 1, following from the same tee at 12:40 p.m., HST is Davis. Best of luck to our “guys” this week!
 
Earlier this week, US Airways Magazine featured a great article on The McGladrey Classic. The piece promotes the “laid back vibe and coastal setting,” which makes the tournament a favorite on the PGA TOUR. Below is an excerpt with a quote from the McGladrey Classic tournament director, Scott Reid:
 
“Our event is very family-friendly, with a variety of accommodations and access to a number of fun activities,” says tournament director Scott Reid. “There is plenty for players and their families to enjoy.” Players and spectators look forward to the SUP Challenge, a paddle board race presented by the Davis Love Foundation, Community Day, and the Wiffle Ball Classic, featuring PGA TOUR players and their wives.
 
What a great article to kick start our momentum going into the new year for the 2015 McGladrey Classic! We are already teeing things up (pun intended) for this year’s tournament, which is scheduled for Nov. 16-22 in Sea Island, GA.
Check back next week for the latest updates on Team McGladrey and The McGladrey Classic.