Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wrapping Up More than Presents

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As the 2014 calendar year nears its close, we wanted to provide you with a final update before the upcoming holiday.

Last week, Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III and his son Dru Love participated in the PNC Father/Son Challenge. The pair had an incredible finish, coming in second place! Way to go, guys! And congratulations, too, to Bernhard and Jason Langer for winning, and to Jason for being the youngest son to ever win this tournament at 14 years-old!

As we look back on 2014, we are reminded of many exciting moments from Team McGladrey and the fifth annual McGladrey Classic. Just a few of our favorite moments include:  
  • Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson made a hole-in-one at Pinehurst #2 during the U.S. Open.
  • The McGladrey Classic’s Birdies Fore Love program had another successful year, raising more than $400,000 for deserving children- and family-focused charitable organizations.
  • Some 1,200 volunteers contributed to the success of this year’s McGladrey Classic by sharing their time, talent and treasures, and greeting attendees with that good ol’ Southern hospitality for which Sea Island, GA is so well know.  
  • Davis and Robin Love welcomed the arrival of their first grandchild, Eloise Charles.
  • McGladrey extended its sponsorship of The McGladrey Classic through 2020.
  • Sea Island, home of The McGladrey Classic, won big this year, with numerous awards/recognitions for its resorts (The Lodge and The Cloister), spa and restaurants.  

The PGA TOUR has started to recap the year as well, sharing their top 10 shots from the 2014 season on the TOUR website. Which shot was your favorite?

 
We are taking the next two weeks off to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year! We wish our readers a safe and magical holiday season, and hope you’ll check back with us for our next update on Thurs., Jan. 8, 2015.

Here’s to a healthy and prosperous 2015!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Get in the Holiday Spirit!

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It’s that special time of year where the world wears a smile, and activities related to The McGladrey Classic and Team McGladrey slow a bit as folks in and outside of the world of golf celebrate the holiday season and spend time with family and friends. We hope our readers are able to do the same this holiday season!

Another aspect of this time of year is giving – not just presents to family and friends, but giving back to the communities where we live and work. The holiday spirit is all about helping those in need, supporting our local communities and spreading kindness. McGladrey has a long history of giving back. That’s why stewardship is one of its core values. As you might know, 2014 marked the fifth year of The McGladrey Classic. What you might not know, however, is that it also marked the fifth year of McGladrey’s annual Volunteer Day. This year, more than 2,400 McGladrey employees and clients volunteered in their local communities to give back to 95 different charitable organizations nationwide. And through the first four years of The McGladrey Classic (we’re still waiting for the final total from this year’s tournament), the firm has helped raise nearly $2 million dollars for Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia and other children- and family-focused charitable organizations. A large part of these financial donations came from the tournament’s Birdies Fore Love program, which McGladrey employees, clients and friends have supported by raising more than $400,000 each of the last two years. In honor of the fifth anniversary, McGladrey highlighted on its website the top five charities that have benefitted from the Birdies Fore Love program. More information about charitable contributions from this year’s McGladrey Classic will be available soon.

What will YOU be doing to get into the holiday spirit this year? 

Next week will be our last post of 2014. We hope you’ll check back next Thursday, leave a comment on your holiday plans and/or New Year’s resolution and continue to join us here in 2015.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Welcome Back!

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Welcome back! We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you were able to spend some quality time with friends and family over the holiday. And now…it’s hard to believe that we’re already in December, and nearing the end of 2014!

Since we’re now in the midst of the holiday season, you might be making a list of all the gifts you’d like to purchase for friends, family members and coworkers! For the golf lovers on your list, you might want to head over to the Tennis Center at The Retreat Island Club for merchandise. They’re offering discounted pricing on all remaining inventory through Fri., Dec. 5! If you can’t get to Sea Island (home of The McGladrey Classic) in person, you can always shop on The McGladrey Classic website for non-discounted items.

It’s a relatively quiet week on the course for Team McGladrey. Zach Johnson is in Florida for the Hero World Challenge, and Chris DiMarco attended the World Challenge Pro-Am Dinner. This morning (Dec. 4), Zach teed off at 11:25 a.m. ET (Dec. 4) from tee No. 1. We’re pulling for him! And that’s not all: Earlier this week, the PGA TOUR featured Zach as their 28th pick in its ‘Top 30 Players to Watch’! Be sure to check out the article here. Nice!

Stop by next week for more on Team McGladrey and The McGladrey Classic.  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

For the Love of Golf

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This week’s update is from Mary Anne Burke, a McGladrey employee and repeat volunteer for The McGladrey Classic. We appreciate Mary Anne sharing her first-hand account of this year’s McGladrey Classic, and we hope you will enjoy her perspective on the tournament and the importance of giving back to the community.


Each year, about 1,200 volunteers give their time to help make The McGladrey Classic a success. I, along with others who volunteer at this PGA TOUR event, do so for the love of McGladrey and the game of golf. These fall days of the tournament are fun-filled days for golf fans, from sun up to sun down. I, like many others, was a repeat volunteer this year, and I saw a lot of familiar, friendly faces on and around the course. Volunteering at The McGladrey Classic is a wonderful experience. I saw first-hand the abundance of community support and I was able to witness the behind-the-scenes work of dedicated professionals who work year round to make this event a success.  As an employee of McGladrey, I was pleased to volunteer and share my time to help make this event a success. Being able to give back gives me such pride and volunteering at The McGladrey Classic allows me that pleasure.

Nearly all of the volunteers you saw during this year’s tournament put in long hours and demonstrated their dedication and love to the game of golf. This was my fourth year as a volunteer so I was happy to re-enlist, and I plan to volunteer again next year!  It’s a fun way to give back and interact with spectators and players, all while seeing great golf first-hand. And as a volunteer, you know that your work is integral to the efficient running of the tournament.

This year, I found myself with the volunteer assignment as a marshal on the first hole. This was a great (and lucky) assignment. I was surrounded by like-minded golf fans that were happy to share the experience of being on the course at Sea Island. I learned a lot from my fellow volunteers. They were an ambitious group, with phenomenal dedication.  Everyone was pulling multiple shifts, consecutive days in a row. Volunteers came from all over the world, and many of us got up early each morning to take advantage of the beautiful sunrises on the island. The sunsets were spectacular, as well, making it well worth every ounce of energy we put forth during the tournament. In fact, there is no better way to enjoy a golf tournament, in my mind, than to volunteer, as it gives you a chance to see all the action up-close and personal.

At McGladrey, we use the game of golf as a metaphor for the way we do business with our clients. Just as a professional golfer’s caddy must truly understand his or her game to provide them with the best possible advice, we must truly understand our clients to provide them with the best possible services to help them succeed. Not only do our clients and employees understand the “power of being understood,” but I can vouch for the hundreds of volunteers for The McGladrey Classic by saying that they whole-heartily understand this as well!

Volunteering is a great way to give back when you have received so much. If you’re interested in volunteering for next year’s McGladrey Classic, you can learn more via the tournament website.

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Next Tues., Nov. 25, tune in to The Golf Channel at 10 p.m. EST to see Team McGladrey member Zach Johnson be interviewed by David Feherty.  You might recognize some of the beautiful scenic views in the background – as the interview took place on Sea Island!

Next week, we’ll be taking a break to spend time with family and friends in observance of Thanksgiving. We hope you’ll enjoy your holiday, and be sure to check back on Thurs., Dec. 4 for our next update.

 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Smorgasbord of Announcements

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Veteran’s Day to thank those who served and/or are serving our country. We hope you were able to thank a Veteran, as well. We are so grateful to those who protect our country’s freedom. In fact, Military Appreciation Day is something we look forward to each year of The McGladrey Classic because it gives us an opportunity to publicly thank those who serve. Check out the picture from this year’s tournament – it’s one of our favorites.

Also earlier this week Sea Island (home of The McGladrey Classic) shared some exciting news: they named John Wade as the new head golf pro at The Lodge. Wade will be in charge of all golf operations at The Lodge, which is located between Plantation and Seaside golf courses – the two courses that will be used at the 2015 McGladrey Classic.

Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III’s and his brother Mark’s ‘Love Golf Design’ firm was hired to renovate Sea Pines’ Ocean Course. The course, located in Hilton Head, SC, will close for play October 2015 and reopen in September 2016. We look forward to seeing the new-and-improved course!    

Speaking of Davis, he’s in Mexico this week for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Davis had an early start this morning teeing off at 6:35 a.m. CST from tee No. 10. Go, Davis!

And last but certainly not least, 2014 McGladrey Classic winner, Robert Streb, was featured in a fantastic PGA Tour article about the resemblance of his career play to Jimmy Walker’s. According to the article, in four starts this fall, Robert has three top 10s, including a win. He has already secured his first trips to Kapalua and the Master’s Tournament and leads the FedExCup standings. Pretty impressive for a 27-year-old in his third season on TOUR! Be sure to also check out this PGA Tour video on Robert and his wife talking about life off the course.

Check back next week as we’ll have a special guest post from a volunteer at The McGladrey Classic!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

…Drum Roll, Please!

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On Wed., Nov. 5, the 2014 McGladrey Classic Birdies Fore Love winner was announced. Congratulations to Tonya Barbee who won a 2014 Buick Verano from Nalley Automotive of Brunswick by guessing 1,470 birdies made for the entire tournament! In addition to the car, Tonya “won” the opportunity to designate $5,000 from the Davis Love Foundation to a charitable organization of her choice. She chose Communities in Schools, so congrats are in order for them, too!

And while we’re congratulating folks, we’d like to give a shout-out to Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III on his performance last week in Malaysia at the CIMB Classic. Davis finsihed strong, tying for eighth place!  

Speaking of Team McGladrey members, Chris DiMarco is in Jackson, MS this week for the Sanderson Farms Championship, which tees off today (Nov. 6). Chris’s tee time is at 12:12 p.m., CST from hole No. 10, where he’ll be joined by a few extended McGladrey “family members,” including Heath Slocum (2010 McGladrey Classic winner), Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey (2012 winner) and the most recent addition: Robert Streb (2014 winner).  We’re pulling for “our guys!”

We’ll close this week’s update by sending belated birthday wishes to PGA TOUR Professional Bubba Watson whose birthday was Nov. 5. We know Bubba loves a good grilled cheese sandwich, and got a kick out of his attire during a recent Golf Channel appearance. Cheesy? We think not.  

Be sure to check back next week for more updates on the world of golf, Team McGladrey and the 2015 McGladrey Classic (Nov. 16-22)!  

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Oh, What a Week!

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It’s hard to believe that the fifth annual McGladrey Classic has already come and gone. We hope you enjoyed following tournament-related activities via this blog and McGladrey’s other social media channels. As Bill Gorman, McGladrey’s Southeast regional managing partner, said recently during a Golf Channel interview, “Each year we think there’s no way we could have a better tournament and then we somehow manage to top it!”

One of the highlights from this past week (week of Oct. 20), has to be the announcement of McGladrey’s extension of our title sponsorship of The McGladrey Classic through 2020. We’re thrilled, and excited about what the future holds for this event! One thing we do know about the future is that the tournament will move next year to two courses: Seaside and Plantation, allowing The McGladrey Classic to increase its player field. The date has already been set so be sure to mark your calendars for Nov. 16-22, 2015!

While we posted daily updates throughout this year’s tournament, we thought you might enjoy a quick recap of some a few additional highlights:

·         Darius Rucker Concert: We cannot express how happy we were to have Darius as part of The McGladrey Classic once again and how appreciative we were of the incredible show he put on for his fans. PGA TOUR professional, Russell Henley, even made a special appearance playing the guitar during ‘Wagon Wheel.’ And to top it all off,  Darius and his band donated the entire concert to the tournament so those funds can go to charity. How AMAZING is that?! And another great example of how The McGladrey Classic and related activities have an unwavering focus on stewardship.  

·         Wounded Hero Home Donation: The PGA TOUR, representatives from The McGladrey Classic (including McGladrey’s very own CEO and Managing Partner Joe Adams), Bank of America and others were on hand just prior to the concert to present a Wounded Hero Home Donation, in collaboration with Birdies for the Brave and Military Warriors Support Foundation, to Gold Star Mom Reagan Gibbs!  

·         Military Appreciation Day: Hundreds of St. Simons Island residents and visitors greeted the Wounded Warriors during the bridge parade route to The McGladrey Classic. It was priceless. More than 100 motorcyclists led the buses carrying veterans and their family members. It was a great display of American pride.

·         Volunteers: The McGladrey Classic would not be a success without the more than 1,200 volunteers who donate their time in support of the tournament year after year. Each year, we hear from guests how helpful, kind and a “part of the experience” the volunteers are to attendees. We thank those who donate their time to the tournament.

·         Sea Island Staff: The Sea Island staff has always been exceptional, exceeding expectations tournament after tournament. No wonder their resorts are consistently winning five-star awards!

·         McGladrey Employees and Clients: It was another successful year for The McGladrey Classic’s Birdies Fore Love program, which raises funds for charitable organizations focused on supporting children and families in need. This year, McGladrey employees and clients once again raised more than $400,000 for local and national charitable organizations. We look forward to continuing our support of Birdies Fore Love over the coming year, and through the next McGladrey Classic.

·         Charity Putting Contest: Each year, one of our favorite events is a putting contest where local Special Olympics athletes are paired with PGA TOUR Professionals and supported by McGladrey “caddies” (leadership team members) for a friendly competition. The joy on the winners’ faces each year is indescribable.  

Before we know it, we’ll be teeing up plans for the sixth annual McGladrey Classic (Nov. 16-22, 2015). For those who were able to attend this year’s tournament and/or for those who watched via The Golf Channel, what was YOUR favorite moment from the tournament? We would love to hear from you, particularly if it’s about something you’d like to see us continue moving forward.

Check back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and The McGladrey Classic. We hope your Halloween is happy!