Thursday, April 16, 2015

Celebrating Good Times!

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While some view the number 13 as unlucky, here at McGladrey, we think it’s a pretty  lucky number. Not only is it just two short days before the end of busy season for accountants, but April 13 is Team McGladrey Member and The McGladrey Classic Host Davis Love III’s birthday. We hope you had a wonderful day with family and friends, Davis – and that you have many more to come!

Last week’s Masters Tournament was a bit of a nail-biter. Those of us here at McGladrey would like to send a big CONGRATS to Jordan Spieth on his first major win last weekend (and he’s only 21 years old)! We’d also like to give a big thumbs up to Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson, who tied for ninth at the prestigious tournament! Great job, Zach! Your friends at McGladrey are very proud of you!  
 
This week, Zach is on the East Coast for the RBC Heritage tournament, which takes place in Hilton Head, SC. While the weather forecast for Hilton Head (and the entire East Coast, actually) is a bit “iffy” for the next several days, the company will be great. Zach is joined on the course by several familiar faces, including McGladrey Classic winners Ben Crane (2011), Chris Kirk (2013) and Robert Streb (2014). This is the first time since 2007 that Zach has played in this tournament. And based on the PGA TOUR’s power rankings, it just might be his year, as he’s ranked No. 1! Zach had an early tee time this morning at 8:10 a.m., ET, from tee  No. 10; Chris tees off at 12:20 p.m., from tee No. 1; and Robert and Ben are paired together teeing off at 12:30 p.m., from tee No. 1. Best of luck to all of “our guys” this weekend! Stay dry!
 
And if you’re looking for some good entertainment between rounds, check out this PGA TOUR video of ‘Good, Bad, and Unusual.’ Early on in the video, you’ll see an adorable little boy whose face lit up with a huge grin, after Davis gave him one of his golf balls from the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Shortly after (from the same tournament),  a great shot (and a little bit of luck from a slight  bounce) leads to Zach carding an albatross – exciting stuff! Watch it here.  
 
 
Check back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and the 2015 McGladrey Classic. It’s not even summer yet, but November will be here before we know it! We’re already looking forward to heading back to Sea Island…

Thursday, April 9, 2015

It’s a “Master-full” Week for the McGladrey Classic “Family”

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One of the most prestigious golf tournaments kicks off this week – The Masters in Augusta. And we’re excited to see quite a few McGladrey Classic “family” members participating in this year’s tournament. Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson is in good company with past McGladrey Classic winners Ben Crane (2011), Chris Kirk (2013) and Robert Streb (2014).  This is the first Masters that Robert Streb will participate in, and he secured the spot with his win at last year’s McGladrey Classic! Boy are we proud!  

Teeing off this morning (Thurs., April 9), Ben started the day at 8:18 a.m. ET from tee #1; Robert tees off at 11:25 a.m. from tee #1; Zach tees at 12:09 p.m. from tee # 1; and Chris is at 12:31 p.m. from tee #1. Best of luck to all our “guys”!

Each year, Masters week brings about great articles, videos, shared memories and terrific photo ops from the players and fans. The Masters’ website posted an article about the famous Ike tree this week, which memorializes the old tree while introducing the new one being  grown which will eventually be planted on the grounds of Augusta National. In February 2014, a historic ice storm hit Georgia, causing extensive damage to the original tree. Now, its cross-section is in a glass-enclosed case and will be presented to the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas. To continue the Eisenhower Tree legend, two grafts and a seedling from the original tree were preserved – just another way the game of golf honors and preserves history. You can read the full article and view the related images and videos here 

Another great article released this week shares players’ first impressions of Augusta National. The PGA TOUR article features memories from our very own Zach and fellow Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III. Below are  their excerpts from the article. But you can also check out the entire article to read their first impressions from “our boys” and some of their fellow PGA TOUR professionals, including Webb Simpson, Billy Horschel and Rickie Fowler – just to name a few.  

ZACH JOHNSON: I was there as a spectator in 2001, when I was on the mini-tours. Vaughn Taylor is a good buddy and is from there. He had tickets. I remember walking the golf course, all 18 holes, basically twice that day. I know I saw Jose (Maria Olazabal) skipping shots off of the pond on 16. The Hooters Tour had a week off and we had been playing in the Carolinas. I didn’t get to play the golf course for the first time until Tuesday of tournament week (in 2005). I didn’t have an opportunity to go early. I was living in Orlando, and the week before I was the defending champion at the BellSouth, which was a 54-hole tournament that ended on Monday (because of weather). 

DAVIS LOVE III: We played when we were at Carolina. We won the Augusta tournament so we got to go a whole bunch of us and play. So that would have been 83-ish. Oh, we were a bunch of college kids. We were dumbfounded. I don't think I'd ever played greens that smooth or fairways that perfect. Back then it was, maybe, Muirfield, was the only place that was that good. So it was incredible. Scared to hit the ground. Scared to say the wrong thing but it was fun. That was a big goal of our team. We wanted to win that tournament so we could go play.

What’s your fondest memory of watching or even attending the Master’s? Share your memories here in the comment section!

We look forward to a great week of golf! Check back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and the 2015 McGladrey Classic (Nov. 16-22)!
 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Taking a Break But Not Slowing Down

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Team McGladrey members are taking the week off of play, but that doesn’t mean they’re laying low. Earlier this week, Zach Johnson was featured in a Country Inns & Suites Talk of the Country series ‘Life on Tour with Zach Johnson – Part One.’ The article helps readers get to know Zach on a more personal level, asking questions about his childhood, what he studied in college, what made him most interested in golf, etc. It’s definitely worth the read! And if you’d like to do more reading, Sea Island magazine recently featured ‘Golf’s Evolution’ in the publication’s Sea Island Life issue. It’s a great read for some golf history. Check it out.

Also earlier this week, was an announcement that Davis Love III will miss two months of play due to foot surgery. Davis, all of your friends at McGladrey are wishing you a healthy and speedy recovery! If you’d like to share your get-well wishes, you can leave them here in the Comments section of our blog, and we’ll be happy to pass those along.  

If you live on or near St. Simons Island or if you plan to be there in early April, mark your calendars for DEMO DAY on Sat., April 4. You can test all the latest technology from the best manufacturers in golf and receive significant savings on the purchase of new clubs! Head out to the Golf Performance Center at Sea Island – activities are scheduled from 10am to 4pm, ET.

Be sure to check in next week to learn more about Team McGladrey and the 2015 McGladrey Classic (Nov. 16-22)!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson Makes History (and Makes Us Proud)!

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Wow! That’s all we can say about Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson’s stunning performance at last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he accomplished one of the rarest feats in golf: an albatross! This is only the second time ever that this has happened at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and those of us here at McGladrey couldn’t be more proud. Way to go, Zach! Missed this historical performance? No worries. You can watch it on the PGA TOUR’s “Shots of the Week.” Check it out:

 
Speaking of Zach, he’ll be teeing off at 1 p.m., CT today from tee #1 at the Valero Texas Open. Shortly afterwards, at 1:10 p.m. CST from tee #10, is Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III. (#DidYouKnow that Zach Johnson won this tournament back-to-back in 2008 and 2009? He sure did!) Best of luck this weekend to “our fellas”!  

While you’re watching videos, you might want to check out another new TOUR video, which gives an inside look into “What is PGA TOUR Life?.” This one also features Zach. You can watch that here:

 
Check back next week to learn more of what’s going on with Team McGladrey and the 2015 McGladrey Classic (Nov. 16-22; Sea Island, GA).

Thursday, March 19, 2015

#DidYouKnow

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This week, Team McGladrey Members Zach Johnson and Davis Love III are in Orlando for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. They’re in great company, as past McGladrey Classic winners Ben Crane (2011), Chris Kirk (2013) and Robert Streb (2014) are also playing. Tournament play started today (Thurs., March 19), with Chris teeing off at 8:11 a.m. ET from tee No. 1; Davis teed of at 8:25 a.m. ET from tee No. 1 and Robert teed off at 8:35 a.m. from tee No. 10. Zach tees off at 1:08 p.m. from tee No. 10 and Ben tees off at 1:32 p.m. from tee No. 10. Best of luck to all our “guys” this week!

With spring time just around the corner (tomorrow!), our thoughts are turning more and more to golf, and The McGladrey Classic, in particular. #DidYouKnow: 1,200 volunteers come together each year to help make the McGladrey Classic a success? We are thankful for such great support from our of these supportive volunteers and we’re looking forward to seeing them again in November for the 2015 McGladrey Classic at Sea Island. And speaking of the tournament, we’re moving to two courses of play this year: Seaside and Plantation. Not only will this increase the player field but it’ll also increase our need for volunteers! Registration for returning volunteers and newcomers will open soon. As in previous years, returning volunteers will have the first chance to sign up, followed by sign-ups for newcomers, which will be on a first-come, first-served basis. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on those dates so you can mark your calendars! In the meantime, you can stay connected on the Volunteer Registration communication list.

Throwing in another round of ‘Spot the Difference’ this week: try finding the five things that are different between these two photos. Leave your guesses in the comments section!


Check back next week to  learn the latest updates on Team McGladrey and the 2015 McGladrey Classic (Nov. 16-22)!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Signs of Spring

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This week all of Team McGladrey is taking a short break. While the Valspar Championship started today in Palm Harbor, Florida, not playing this week might have been a wise choice, based on a recent certain "visitor" to a Florida golf course this week. Check out this MASSIVE visitor at Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood, Florida! Twitpic courtesy of  the Golf Channel. No, thank you. We prefer our game reptile free!

And as spring draws near, all the season's beautiful colors are making their annual appearance  on the golf course! Check out these top 10 most colorful golfers. These PGA TOUR professional players are not afraid of a little neon! Who do you think rocks the "brights' the best?
 
Check back next week for more on Team McGladrey and The McGladrey Classic.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Team McGladrey “Loves” To Tee Things Up

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Man, oh man! Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III keeps adding to his calendar. Yesterday, March 4, U.S. Presidents Cup Team Captain Jay Haas named Davis as his second captain’s assistant, joining Fred Couples in that role. The Presidents Cup will be played in Asia for the first time this fall (Oct. 6-11). The news release has Davis commenting:

“I’m ready to help Jay and the team as much as I can as a captain’s assistant. Jay and I were successful as assistants for the last Presidents Cup in 2013, and I am very excited to join him and the U.S. Team in South Korea this fall. I love being in the team room and positively impacting the U.S. side anyway I can. As the season progresses, I look forward to playing with some of the U.S. Team, as I still play on the PGA TOUR quite a bit. But I am happy to help Jay and the team however I can.”

We are beyond excited to watch Davis in 2015. Being named as the 2016 Ryder Cup captain, his new projects with Love Golf Design and Love Golf Management, continuing to play in the PGA TOUR and now this! Huge congrats from your friends at McGladrey, Davis! 

Speaking of the Ryder Cup, the PGA TOUR featured a great video on their Facebook page (on Feb. 26) of Davis’ Ryder Cup Team USA career highlights. And while you’re roaming on Facebook, check out The Ryder Cups page to see the adventures the tournament trophy went on in Minnesota’s Twin Cities area recently in preparation for the 2016 event!

Also happening this week, Team McGladrey Member Chris DiMarco is in Rio Grande for the Puerto Rico Open. He tees off at 12:10 p.m. from tee No. 10. Previous McGladrey Classic winners Heath Slocum (2010) and Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey (2012) are also playing at the tournament. We’re wishing them all the best of luck!

That’s the latest-and-greatest from this week! Be sure to stop by every Thursday for more updates on Team McGladrey and the 2015 McGladrey Classic (Nov. 16-22).