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!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Deere Zach and Southern Inspiration

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This week, Team McGladrey members Zach Johnson and Davis Love III are in Illinois for the John Deere Classic. Zach teed off at 7:30 a.m., CT on tee No. 10 and Davis tees at 12:55 p.m. on tee No. 1. Our team is also accompanied by all previous McGladrey Classic champions: Heath Slocum (2010), Ben Crane (2011), Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey (2012) and Chris Kirk (2013), so it is almost like a family reunion! Zach has been chosen multiple times in the PGA TOUR Expert Picks to be the winner of the John Deere Classic. Who do you think will win? Best of luck to all Team McGladrey members and our “extended family.”  

Speaking of Zach, last week was the fourth annual Zach Johnson Foundation Classic. This year’s event was a big success, with four of the top 21 PGA TOUR players in the world (Jordan Speith, Jason Dufner and Steve Stricker and Zach) particpating. In a KCRG interview, Zach said, “This is something that my wife and I have dreamt about. This is something that my family frankly never dreamed about. The opportunity to do something like this, to come back to the people and the community that gave you everything as a kid, you've got to take advantage of that.” Way to go, Zach. Your friends at McGladrey admire your philanthropic spirit, and we’re proud to have you as part of our team’s efforts to give back to the community.

With all of this talk about “classic” events, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the fact that we’re getting dangerously close to entering the double-digit countdown until our favorite classic event – the 2014 McGladrey Classic! We can’t believe it’s a mere 101 days away! It’ll be here before we know it. With that in mind, below are a few items for you might want to look into:

Pro-Am Packages – SOLD OUT

This year’s tournament promises to offer numerous amazing events, even for those who aren’t rabid golf fans. One of the highlights: the Wed., Oct. 22 “Concert Under the Oaks,” featuring Darius Rucker. There’s something for everyone, so we hope you’ll join us at Sea Island. Check it out to see for yourself why the host location of The McGladrey Classic has been honored with multiple awards, including USA’s Today’s 10 Best Southern Resorts, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, USA Today Travel’s Readers’ Choice poll for the Top 10 Golf Destinations, CNN Travel 8 seriously playful hotels, and more!

Check in next week to see what the latest is on Team McGladrey and the 2014 McGladrey Classic (Oct. 20 – 26)!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Celebrating U.S.A.

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Happy Fourth of July! Like the rest of this great nation, we owe a huge THANK YOU to those who serve our country, and we hope you’ll take time over the coming holiday weekend to thank an active-duty or retired veteran for all they’ve done to serve our country.  And while we’re celebrating the upcoming holiday, we’d like to give a shout-out to the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team. What unbelievable fight they showed this week, and throughout their entire participation in the World Cup! Best of luck to the remaining countries who are still competing. Who are YOU rooting for to win it all?  

And in the world of golf, there has been a lot going on recently with Team McGladrey. Davis Love III is in West Virginia this week for the Greenbrier Classic where he teed off this morning (July 3) at 7:40 a.m., ET, from tee No. 1. Zach Johnson is taking a well-needed break this week before his fourth annual Zach Johnson Foundation Classic, which takes place July 6-7 at Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Funds from the tournament will support Kids on Course, a pilot program at Van Buren Elementary and Harrison Elementary Schools in the state. Davis will also be participating in the fundraising event, along with other PGA TOUR Players and celebrities! You can find out who and all the other tournament details here. If you’re around Cedar Rapids, be sure to stop by the tournament as general admissions is free this year!

Zach has been in other news this week as well. Earlier in the week, he was interviewed by Today’s Golfer discussing the upcoming Open Championship in England July 17-20.  And this past Sun., June 29, Zach was featured in a PGA TOUR video about life on the PGA TOUR. You can watch the trailer below. 
 

  




On a solemn note, we want to send our condolences to the Ball family. Errie Ball, who played in the first Masters Tournament and was the last surviving player from the inaugural tournament passed away yesterday, July 2 at 103 years old. To learn more of Errie’s story, PGA TOUR posted an article here

Happy Independence Day. We hope you have an opportunity to celebrate this special day with your friends and family. We'd love to know what you have planned this holiday, so leave a comment below!

Chceck back next week as we talk about Team McGladrey and the McGladrey Classic (Oct. 20-26).


Thursday, June 26, 2014

A TOUR of the White House

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This week, Team McGladrey member Zach Johnson was in Rhode Island for the CVS Caremark Charity Classic, where he was teamed up with Matt Kuchar. Following the CVS Caremark, Zach Johnson and fellow President’s Cup team members and PGA TOUR wives (including Team McGladrey member Davis Love III’s wife Robin) headed Washington, D.C. to attend a ceremony with President Obama to celebrate the 2013 President’s Cup American and International teams. Coincidentally, other McGladrey “family” members were on Capitol Hill this week, as well. Karen Kurek, the leader of McGladrey’s industrial products practice was visiting with Capitol Hill representatives and national media outlet reporters to share results of the firm’s 2014 McGladrey Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor report. Results from this annual survey provide unique insights into the state of manufacturing and distribution, sharing insights from nearly 1,000 C-level executives about this important sector of our economy.

Also earlier this week, SiriusXM announced the launch of a new weekly show featuring golf talk, analysis and instruction from several pros based out of the renowned Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island in Georgia. Sea Island Golf Radio airs every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.,ET on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio (XM channel 93, Sirius channel 208). Below is a quote from the recent release:  

"Sea Island is home to an extraordinary group of players, coaches and trainers and we're pleased to have gathered several of those pros together to contribute to SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio," said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM's President and Chief Content Officer. "Listeners who tune in to Sea Island Golf Radio will have access to a tremendous amount of talent and will find this show to be an outstanding source for both entertaining golf talk and expert instruction."

Finally, a new sponsor spotlight has been featured on www.mcgladreyclassic.com! This month it is Nalley Auto Group. Nalley Auto Group has been a proud supporter of the Davis Love Foundation since the inception of The McGladrey Classic in 2010. Initially through their support of the Player Transportation Program by providing a fleet of courtesy vehicles for PGA TOUR Players to utilize while in the Golden Isles. Then beginning in 2012, Nalley continued its support through the Foundation’s latest fundraising tool, Birdies Fore Love. Through this support, Nalley provided a Buick GMC vehicle that was awarded to the donor who correctly guessed the number of birdies accumulated during The McGladrey Classic! Last year’s winner was Gavin Martin.

And now… Davis is playing in the Quicken Loans National in Bethesda, Maryland. Davis tees off today (Thurs., June 26) at 7:36 a.m., from tee No. 10.  (Check out the video of Davis Love III at the tournament sharing his passion for golf with young members of The First Tee of Greater Washington.) Quicken Loans is doing a little something different at their tournament: a Quicken Loans Hole-in-One Sweepstakes. If a player in this week's tournament aces the 10th hole, one lucky fan will win $1 million in a random drawing! The sweepstakes will continue for the rest of the PGA TOUR season, but this is the only week -- and Congressional's 10th is the only hole -- in which $1 million grand prize will be awarded. Following the Quicken Loans National, every time there's a hole-in-one at a participating PGA TOUR tournament, fans who sign up for the sweepstakes will have a chance of Quicken Loans paying off their mortgage for a year. Wow! Who wouldn’t want one of THESE prizes?!?

That wraps up this week’s update. Check back next week for more on Team McGladrey and the 2014 McGladrey Classic (now just 115 days away, and counting)!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ball + Hole = Zach Johnson’s Shot!

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Last Sun., June 15, at the U.S. Open, Team McGladrey member Zach Johnson made a hole-in-one on the ninth hole at Pinehurst #2! It was incredible to watch and we loved the captured celebratory reaction that Don MacKenzie, who is also the photographer at The McGladrey Classic, was able to snap. In case you missed Zach’s hole-in-one, check out the pics below for a good look at Zach’s celebration:  
 


This week, Zach is in Connecticut for the Travelers Championship. He tees off at 1pm E.T. from tee No. 1. For those unable to tune in to the Golf Channel, you can follow along live from your computer, phone or tablet. Best of luck this week, Zach. We’d love to see history repeat itself this week with another hole-in-one!

As we’ve mentioned previously, The McGladrey Classic’s Birdies Fore Love program (the charitable arm of the tournament) officially kicked off this past Mon., June 16. As a reminder, Birdies Fore Love focuses on helping nonprofit organizations exceed their fundraising goals to help those in need, while sharing the excitement of The McGladrey Classic. Contributors to the program are asked to make a $10 minimum donation to a Birdies Fore Love participating charity. Once The McGladrey Classic has concluded, each charity will receive 100 percent of the donations collected in its name. Since its inception in 2012, Birdies Fore Love has raised more than $500,000 for charity. Please help us in our continuing efforts to support national and local charitable organizations through this program. Make your donation here or complete the Official Donation Form. One-hundred percent of your donation is applied to the charity you select, and your donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution. You also have the option of entering the “Guess the Birdies” contest for a chance to win the Grand Prize: a 2014 Buick Verano, courtesy of our friends at Nalley Buick GMC!  Read complete rules and enter to win!

Stop by next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and The McGladrey Classic (Oct. 20-26)!

 

 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Great Week for Dad and Golf!

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Not many things go better together than the U.S. Open and Father’s Day. We know any dad who is a golf junkie is going to have an amazing weekend! Team McGladrey member Zach Johnson is in Pinehurst, NC this week to play in the second major of the year, teed off this morning (June 12) at 7:40 a.m. ET on tee No. 10. Best of luck this weekend, Zach! And we wish all those dads out there who will be tuning in or watching in person a HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Last week was a big week for McGladrey and for The McGladrey Classic. First of all, The McGladrey Classic debuted this year’s 2014 McGladrey Classic “Love It” shirts. Head over to our merchandise site to browse all the items and to purchase your attire for this year’s tournament! As always, we’d love to see pictures of you sporting McGladrey Classic gear! Be sure to tag us on Facebook!  



Don’t forget! Birdies Fore Love goes LIVE on Mon., June 16. This year’s Birdies Fore Love leader is Teresa Carlin. She’ll be a guest blogger around tournament week! In this role, Teresa will be responsible for leading McGladrey’s employee corporate social responsibility efforts related to this year’s tournament. To date, The McGladrey Classic has raised more than $1.8 million for national and local charitable organizations. $430,000 of last year’s donations were raised by McGladrey employees and clients through Birdies Fore Love! With corporate responsibility being such a key focus for McGladrey, we’re thrilled to continue our firm’s philanthropic efforts through The McGladrey Classic.

Another item from last week: Sea Island, home of The McGladrey Classic, is back in the news! The Cloister and The Lodge have been recognized by travelers on the world’s largest travel site and have been awarded the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! So if you needed a reason to join us for The McGladrey Classic in October – now you have it! Rooms fill up quickly, though, so make your reservations today!

To wrap up this week’s post, we want to congratulate Ben Crane, 2011 McGladrey Classic champion, on his big win last week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Fantastic job, Ben! We’re so proud that, as a member of the McGladrey “family”, he had such a great week!

Check back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and the 2014 McGladrey Classic (Oct. 20-26)! 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Final Chances and Lucky Guesses

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This week Team McGladrey members Davis Love III and Zach Johnson are in Memphis for the FedEx St. Jude Classic.  Davis tees off today (Thurs., June 5) at 12:30 p.m., CT on tee no.1 and Zach (who has jumped to No. 6 in the FedEx Rank, by the way!) shortly after at 12:50 p.m., CT from the same hole. Best of luck to both our ‘guys’ this weekend!


Earlier this week, Sea Island – home of The McGladrey Classic – shared the announcement of a new golf performance center. With a new name, new look, new state-of-the-art technology (which have almost doubled the center’s size) and more top teachers than at any other golf facility in the country, the venerable golf instruction center at Sea Island -- the Golf Learning Center – is now even more focused on improving the performance of every student, from beginning golfers to the many tour professionals (including Davis and Zach) who train there. Learn more about the center.


  
And while you’re thinking about Sea Island, remember that Father’s Day is right around the corner. Act now (or at least before Tues., June 10) to purchase a package gift for your Dad to receive it in time for the “big day.” You can choose one of three great options
  •     Love for Dad         $99    2 Day Any Day, Golf Towel, Hat, Golf Balls
  •     Love for Dad II      $225  2 Good Any Day, Twosome of Golf, 2 Hats
  •     Love for Dad III     $375  1 night-The Inn, Twosome of Golf, 2 Good Any Day
But that’s not all…the day after Father’s Day, Birdies Fore Love tees off, and you can begin making donations online or by using the Official Donation Form. One-hundred percent of your donation is applied to the charity you select and your donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution. While making your donation, be sure to enter the “Guess the Birdies” contest for a chance to win the grand prize, which will be awarded to the individual who guesses the correct number of birdies during competitive rounds (Thurs., Oct. Oct. 23 through Sun., Oct. 26) of The McGladrey Classic. So on Monday (June 16), do your lucky dance – or whatever else might work for you – and submit your best guess to see if you’re this year’s lucky winner following tournament week.


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