Thursday, August 10, 2017

Major Dreaming of November


It’s a “major” week in Charlotte for the PGA Championship. The golf action is taking place on Quail Hollow Club, just a few short miles from the RSM US LLP Charlotte office, where 200+ of our employees live and work. There are quite a few familiar faces playing in this tournament including, Team RSM members Zach Johnson, Davis Love III (who we caught a quick glance of while leaving our offices yesterday evening, by the way) and Andy Sullivan, along with past RSM Classic champions Chris Kirk (2013), Robert Streb (2014), Kevin Kisner (2015) and Mackenzie Hughes (2016). The course is looking top-notch for this tournament, following last fall’s club renovations, and the generous amount of rain and cool weather the Carolinas have been experiencing this week. Learn more about how the club prepared to be on the world stage in this Charlotte Magazine article.

Below are “our guys” tee times for today (Thurs., Aug. 10):

PLAYER
TEE NO.
TEE TIME (ET)
Robert Streb
10
7:55 a.m.
Andy Sullivan
1
8:10 a.m.
Davis Love III
10
8:45 a.m.
Zach Johnson
10
8:55 a.m.
Mackenzie
10
1:30 p.m.
Chris Kirk
1
1:45 p.m.
Kevin Kisner
1
1:55 p.m.

Watching all of these golf pros on a course so close to one of RSM’s offices has us dreaming of November and  tournament week  for The RSM Classic (Nov. 13-19). Who plans on joining us at the beautiful Sea Island? If you’ plan to join us Fri., Nov. 17, be sure to sample and savor some of the finest foods and spirits available in the Golden Isles after Friday's round of The RSM Classic! The RSM Classic and St. Simons Food & Spirits Festival are pleased to announce that Suzy & the Bird Dogs will be playing at this year’s “Taste of the Golden Isles”!  From Brunswick Georgia, the band has become well known in the Golden Isles for their alternative country and rock-and-roll sound. More details will be shared closer to tournament week but in the meantime, click here for a preview of some of their feature songs. 
 
Be sure to check in next week to learn the latest on Team RSM and the 2017 RSM Classic.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Share the Love.


Now in its fourth year, RSM’s Birdies Fore Love program is a giving platform tied to The RSM Classic. Each year, RSM makes a difference for at-risk youth through Birdies Fore Love, thanks to stellar participation from its partners, principals and employees, gifts from clients and friends, and a generous match provided by the RSM US Foundation.

The RSM US Foundation will be providing a match of up to $500,000 for funds raised by Birdies Fore Love for this year's tournament, provided RSM meets its regional fundraising, partner participation and employee participation goals. These funds will be distributed among Birdies Fore Love charities.

Through Birdies Fore Love, RSM offices commit to raising funds for local charities aligned with the missions of the RSM US Foundation and Davis Love Foundation. In 2016, the program raised almost $1.5 million for 72 charities nationwide where RSM’s employees live and work. The strong fundraising through Birdies Fore Love, coupled with proceeds from the tournament, brought the 2016 total donation to more than $2 million, and the program total to more than $7 million.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Simply make your donation using this form or online. 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, which will be awarded to the individual who guesses the correct number of birdies during competitive rounds, Thurs., Nov. 16 – Sun., Nov. 19 of The RSM Classic. If no one guesses the correct number of birdies, the grand prize will be awarded to the individual who is closest without going over. Additional contest rules: Ties will be decided by a random drawing. All entries must be received on the official donation form or online by Fri., Oct. 13, 2017. Only one birdie guess per contestant is allowed. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to participate. No donation is required to participate in the “Guess the Birdies” contest.  For complete rules and regulations, visit here.

If you’d like to help at-risk youth in the areas of education, hunger, housing or health, please consider donating to Birdies Fore Love (Donation Form or Donate Online).

In Team RSM news, the Barracuda Championship tees off this week in Reno, Nevada. Team RSM members Davis Love III and Dru Love are playing, along with past RSM Classic winners Ben Crane (2011), Tommy Gainey (2012) and Chris Kirk (2013). Below are their tee times for today (Thurs., Aug. 3):
 
PLAYER
TEE NO.
TEE TIME (PT)
Ben Crane
10
7:00 a.m.
Tommy Gainey
1
7:22 a.m.
Chris Kirk
1
7:44 a.m.
Davis Love III
1
12:44 p.m.
Dru love
10
1:50 p.m.

Best of luck to these guys this week!

Check back next week to learn the latest on all things related to Team RSM and The RSM Classic (Nov. 13-19, 2017).

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Experiences on Both Sides of the Ropes


As the clock ticks down (just over three months out) from the 2017 RSM Classic, we’d like to remind you there’s still time to experience this year’s tournament – either inside or outside the ropes!  

To get a more involved experience and to be a little closer to the action, we encourage you to sign up as a volunteer! Each year, 1,200 volunteers help make The RSM Classic a success. And the volunteer opportunities are as unique as the volunteers themselves. There are more than 15 different positions you can sign up for. Below are a list of the available committees. Click here for descriptions of each:

VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE
Admissions & Will Call
Player Transportation
Ambassadors
Practice Range
Caddie Services
Security
Ecology
Standard Bearers
Laser Operations
Supply Distribution
Marshals
Volunteer HQ
Monster Board
Walking Scorers
On-Site Shuttles
 

Have questions about volunteering? Check out the FAQ page or email volunteers@dlovefoundation.com.

Or, if you prefer to simply experience The RSM Classic experience as a spectator, you can purchase general admissions tickets. The RSM Classic will take place Mon., Nov. 13 through Sun., Nov. 19,  2017 at beautiful Sea Island Golf Club. The tournament will be contested on two of the club’s courses: Seaside and Plantation. View the ticket options and make your purchase here!

Currently in the world of golf, the RBC Canadian Open tees off today (Thurs., July 27) in Ontario. While no members of Team RSM are playing, we do have a few familiar faces participating: past RSM Classic winners Ben Crane (2011), Chris Kirk (2013) and Mackenzie Hughes (2016). Mackenzie started his day at 8 a.m. ET from tee No. 10; Ben tees off at 12:35 p.m. from tee No. 1; and from tee No. 10, Chris tees off at 1:15 p.m. Best of luck to these three!

Be sure to check back next week to learn more about Team RSM and the 2017 RSM Classic…

Thursday, July 20, 2017

“Lovin’” the Game of Golf!


It’s a two-for-one week in the golf world: The Barbasol Championship is taking place in Alabama, while The Open Championship is taking place in England. We have quite a few familiar faces playing in both tournaments. At the Barbasol Championship, Team RSM members Davis Love III and his son Dru Love are playing, along with past RSM Classic winners Heath Slocum (2010) and Tommy Gainey (2012). Below are their tee times for today (Thurs., July 20).

PLAYERS
TEE NO.
TEE TIME (ET)
Davis Love III
10
8:04 a.m.
Dru Love
10
8:59 a.m.
Tommy Gainey
1
12:31 p.m.
Heath Slocum
1
12:31 p.m.


Before the start of the tournament, major champion Davis Love III and Dru hosted a golf clinic for children from the Opelika/Auburn area on Tues., July 18 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National. The Junior Clinic was sponsored by Alabama Power and the Barbasol Championship.

During the interactive clinic, the children learned about the game of golf and how it promotes core values, including honesty, integrity, responsibility, courtesy, sportsmanship and respect. (Those align nicely with RSM’s core values of respect, integrity, teamwork, excellence and stewardship, don’t you think?)

Playing in the Open Championship are Team RSM members Zach Johnson, Paul Lawrie, Andy Sullivan and Paul Waring, as well as past RSM Classic winners  Robert Streb (2014) and Kevin Kisner (2015). Below are their tee times for today (Thurs., July 20).

PLAYER
TEE NO.
TEE TIME (GMT)
Robert Streb
1
11:04 a.m.
Zach Johnson
1
1:04 p.m.
Andy Sullivan
1
1:15 p.m.
Kevin Kisner
1
1:48 p.m.
Paul Lawrie
1
2:37 p.m.
Paul Waring
1
3:32 p.m.

Best of luck to all “our guys” this week!

And speaking of Team RSM, we have yet another new member! Our network firm RSM Germany recently teamed up with European Tour player Hinrich Arkenau.  After an impressive career as an amateur in Germany and as a college golfer in the U.S., Hinrich decided to turn pro in 2015. The year after, he won twice on the Pro Golf Tour and almost qualified for the Final Stage of the European Tour Q-School. In 2017, Hinrich played in his first event on the European Tour, the BMW International Open in Munich. Shortly after, he won his third tournament on the Pro Golf Tour and shot 59 (13 under Par) in the first round! Check out a few of his career highlights:

Career highlights:
  • German Matchplay Champion 2012
  • Three wins on the Pro Golf Tour
  • Shot career low 59 at Sparkassen Open 2017
Welcome to the team, Hinrich!

Be sure to check in next week to learn the latest on Team RSM and the 2017 RSM Classic (Nov. 13-19) – it’s now less than four months away...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Doubling in Size


Exciting news for our member firm across the pond: RSM UK has added European Tour Player Paul Waring as a new member to Team RSM! In 2007, Paul qualified for the Open Championship and received six invitations to play on the European Challenge Tour. He made the cut in five. He then successfully earned his European Tour card on his first attempt through the 2007 European Tour Qualifying School. Learn more about our new member here.

It’s been exciting to watch Team RSM grow! Did you know we’ve doubled the size of the team within the past year alone? We can’t wait to see what the future holds…  

On a related note, last week, the PGA TOUR featured our very own Team RSM members Davis Love III and Dru Love in a somewhat personal article, focused on the passing of golf knowledge from generation to generation in the Love household. Take a few minutes and check out the article here.

This week, there’s a full house at the John Deere Classic in Illinois. Playing in the tournament are Team RSM members Davis Love III and Zach Johnson, along with past RSM Classic winners Ben Crane (2011), Chris Kirk (2013), Robert Streb (2014) and Kevin Kisner (2015). Below are their tee times for today (Thurs., July 13). Best of luck to all “our guys” this week!
 
PLAYER
TEE TIME (CT)
TEE #
Robert Streb
7:40 a.m.
10
Chris Kirk
8:00 a.m.
1
Zach Johnson
8:00 a.m.
10
Davis Love III
12:50 p.m.
1
Kevin Kisner
1:10 p.m.
1
Ben Crane
1:50 p.m.
10

Check back next week for more updates on Team RSM, the 2017 RSM Classic (Nov. 13-19) and other golf-related news.