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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Celebrating Relationships


Did you know the RSM Classic offers more than just general admission to the tournament? There are various hospitality options available that can serve as a valuable resource for growing your business relationships. In 2010, RSM US LLP (“RSM”)  became title sponsor of the RSM Classic to allow the firm to strengthen its stewardship platform and to have the opportunity to connect with our clients, prospects and friends in a meaningful and unique way. It’s worked for us, and that’s why we encourage other businesses to leverage the tournament to deepen their relationships with their contacts. Specializing in creating memorable experiences, The RSM Classic is an exceptional way to entertain and show your appreciation for your most valued business associates.

Genuine Southern Hospitality is at the heart of The RSM Classic, but here are a few elements that differentiate this tournament from other PGA TOUR events:
  • Throwback golf tournament with modern day amenities
  • Intimate fan experience in a relaxed atmosphere
  • Premium viewing opportunities with limited number of spectators
  • A top-ranked, historical venue providing a true ocean-side setting, featuring two championship courses — the Seaside Course and the Plantation Course
  • A variety of beach-front and resort accommodations are available for tournament guests, including The Cloister at Sea Island, a Forbes Five-Star property
  • Davis Love Foundation is the Host Organization; Davis Love III is Tournament Host.
  • Competitive pricing creates one of the best sponsor values on the PGA TOUR
What are the types of hospitality packages offered?
  
 
 
 



 
 
PRIVATE CHALETS

The Private Chalet offers the ultimate hospitality experience giving you an unmatched opportunity to spend true quality time with your best clients, prospects and other VIP guests in a memorable way.  This all-inclusive, elevated, and climate-controlled space can be custom designed on the interior for complete comfort and to showcase your company’s specific brand messaging.  The Private Chalet features a covered outdoor patio where you and your guests will have front row access to all the exciting golf action on the 18th green of the Seaside Course.  Complete Five-Star food and beverage service is provided daily from 11am until the completion of play. Learn more here.
 

 

 

 
 
 
SKYBOX CLUB AT 18

The tournament’s most popular hospitality spot is “the place to be” during The RSM Classic.  The randrr Skybox Club at #18 features an enclosed, climate-controlled shared hospitality space with a lively atmosphere ideal for entertaining valued guests and networking with other top businesses.  A covered outdoor patio with comfortable stadium-style seating provides optimum viewing of all the golf action on the beautiful finishing hole of the Seaside Course.  Complete Five-Star food and beverage service is provided daily from 11am until the completion of play. Learn more here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
OAK TERRANCE AT 17

The Oaks Terrace package provides a relaxed hospitality experience with flexible ticket options suitable for any company or group, large or small. Reserve a four (4) or eight (8) person table or simply purchase non-reserved tickets and enjoy the green to tee views of all the play at the thrilling par-3, 17th hole.  Take in the panoramic views of the surrounding Seaside Course and coastal marshes as you spend uninterrupted time with your top clients, prospects and fellow business associates.  Complete Five-Star food and beverage service is provided daily from 11am until the completion of play. Learn more here.
 

 

 

 
 
 
CUSTOM PACKAGES

The RSM Classic can be a valuable resource for growing your business relationships and ultimately your bottom line.  Your participation in the tournament helps support the charitable efforts of the Davis Love Foundation.  Choose a custom package option that best suits your entertainment needs. Learn more here.

Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to share in a one-of-a-kind experience with your clients, friends and family members. Check into the details today.  

We hope you have a safe and wonderful 4th of July, and that you take some time to celebrate those who have served and who are serving our country.
 
Check back next week for more updates on Team RSM, the 2017 RSM Classic (Nov. 13-19) and other golf-related news.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

More to “Love” About Team RSM


It’s been an exciting week for Team RSM! On June 15, RSM announced that the firm has added Davis Love IV (Dru), Team RSM Member Davis Love III’s son, to Team RSM through calendar year 2018. Dru played on the University of Alabama golf team, and recently turned pro as he received word he qualified for his first U.S. Open as an alternate from the Georgia sectional qualifier. Dru made his second start in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event, after playing in the 2015 RSM Classic (and official PGA TOUR FedEx Cup event) at Sea Island.

Dru is the third generation from his family to play the U.S. Open. Equally as exciting was having his father and host of The RSM Classic Davis Love III, make his 24th appearance in the U.S. Open, only this time, he was caddying for his son.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of my father and grandfather as a professional PGA TOUR player,” said Dru. “I’m excited to join the RSM family. I’ve gotten to know the RSM team through their sponsorship of the RSM Classic and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of Team RSM, joining my dad, Chris DiMarco, Zach Johnson, Paul Lawrie and Andy Sullivan. It’s a great team, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it!” Learn more here.

In other RSM Classic news, for the third consecutive year, Imperial Headwear, the #1 headwear brand for private and resort golf facilities as reported by the Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) in their 2016 Member Survey, will be the official headwear provider for the 2017 RSM Classic. This year’s tournament, hosted by 2017 Golf Hall of Fame inductee Davis Love III, will be held at Sea Island Golf Club, November 13 – 19. Learn more here.

This week, a few familiar faces are in Connecticut for the Travelers Championship. Teeing off today is Team RSM member Zach Johnson, alongside past RSM Classic winners Ben Crane (2011), Robert Streb (2014) and Mackenzie Hughes (2016). Below are their tee times for Thurs., June 22:

PLAYER
TEE #
TEE TIME (ET)
Robert Streb
1
7:50 a.m.
Mackenzie Hughes
10
8:10 a.m.
Ben Crane
10
8:40 a.m.
Zach Johnson
10
1:00 p.m.

Check back next week to learn the latest on Team RSM, the RSM Classic and other golf-related news!  

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Studying the Game


In Team RSM news, member Zach Johnson is in Dublin, OH for the Memorial Tournament and joined by past RSM Classic winners Chris Kirk (2013), Kevin Kisner (2015) and Mackenzie Hughes (2016). Starting from tee No. 10, Zach teed off at 7:53 a.m. ET; from the same tee, Chris teed off at 8:15 a.m. ET; not too far behind at 8:26 a.m. and from the same tee was Kevin; and Mackenzie teed off at 8:48 a.m. from tee No. 1. Best of luck to all “our guys” this week!

Back in October 2016, we shared that in the UK, our RSM member firm, in collaboration with the European Tour, had launched a performance study of the game of golf. Phase one of the study has wrapped and they just announced that they are launching phase two of the unique golf research project to understand how the preparation and routine of elite players can affect their performance.

During phase one in 2016, researchers examined the impact of the time players spent over the ball before taking a shot. In total, the team collected data from 7,672 putts, 4,434 drives, 6,693 approach shots and 1,242 tee shots.

Phase two kicked off at the BMW PGA Championship, where RSM was an official partner of the tournament. Twenty European Tour players, including Team RSM members Andy Sullivan and Paul Lawrie, will participate across four European Tour tournaments. Alongside time over the ball, a team of 40 volunteers will collect new data such as the players’ routines prior to addressing the ball and their pre-round preparation on the practice areas of the course.

The research team of RSM volunteers will be inside the ropes collecting data at four tournaments in 2017- the BMW PGA Championship, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, and the British Masters supported by Sky Sports.

The full study results will be released at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai in November. In the meantime,  head over to the Player Performance Study page and listen to interviews with Dr. Matt Bridge who discussed the types of data that will be collected this year as part of the RSM Player Performance Study.

All the RSM golf talk has us staring at the countdown clock until the 2017 RSM Classic! We are just over five months out from being down in beautiful Sea Island, GA for the eighth annual tournament (Nov. 13-19). Check back next week to learn the latest on Team RSM and other golf-related news!