Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Congratulations Southern California Section!

The Southern California Section team from Whispering Lakes Golf Course of Ontario, Cal. has won this year’s McGladrey Team Championship. Congratulations to PGA Professional Tim Walsh and his team Jim Erdman, Larry Metter and Bill Minnis!

The Philadelphia Section from Tavistock Country Club in New Jersey took second place, and the Northern Ohio Section from Stubenville Country Club took third.

We’d like to thank all of the teams who competed in this year’s Team Championship, making it such a success. And we’d like to once again thank all of those who contributed items for the silent and live auctions, which raised nearly $35,000 for Special Olympics, pushing the grand total raised for this worthy cause through RSM McGladrey-sponsored events to a whopping $175,725! What a way to wrap up the third annual McGladrey Team Championship – with the right team, anything is TRULY possible!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A first-hand account from Pinehurst - a guest post by Paul Knight and Colin Sanderson

Paul Knight is a business developer and Colin Sanderson is the managing director – RSM McGladrey, New York. Paul and Colin returned to The McGladrey Team Championship for the second year in a row, after their team took the Metropolitan Section Championship in Rye, NY, earlier this year.

It’s very exciting and rewarding to be playing in The 2009 McGladrey Team Championship at Pinehurst! We’re happy about playing with RSM McGladrey client, Jeff Glat, and the PGA Professional from the Apawamis Club in Rye.

The McGladrey Championship provides a great opportunity to spend some quality time with clients and potential clients. This helps us get to really know these important people – and to understand how we at RSM McGladrey can best meet their needs. That understanding builds trust. And as our new ad campaign states, “When you trust the advice you’re getting, you know your next move is the right one.” That’s the power of being understood.

This year’s Team Championship has been especially rewarding with the inclusion of Special Olympics in the days’ activities. We appreciate how certain opportunities that have had a positive impact on our lives were made possible through the contributions of others. Meeting Special Olympics athletes here in person shows us first-hand how our contributions support others. These special athletes are getting once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that they would not have without Special Olympics. We’re proud to be able to support such a worthy cause.

Paul got the team off to a good start, making a par / net birdie on the first hole to get the team rolling. Colin and Kyle Baehler (Apawamis Professional) played a steady game throughout the day, getting six natural birdies between them. Jeff Glat finished strong to help bring the team to -10 for the day, tied for seventh place. While the Southern California and North Texas teams are ahead by 14 strokes, we’re only four strokes away from 3rd place, and are hoping to close the gap. We aim to work on our putting early this morning. And we’re hoping for no rain.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Good morning from Pinehurst!

There was a LOT going on with The McGladrey Team Championship here in Pinehurst yesterday and last night!

Team McGladrey Member Natalie Gulbis hosted our live auction for Special Olympics, while Sirius XM Radio’s Matt Adams served as emcee for the evening. The generosity of those who contributed items for the auctions (We had a silent auction in addition to the live auction.) and those who bid on them is truly humbling. While we haven’t tallied the totals yet, we’re were thrilled to raise $2,000 for an autographed Sheryl Crowe and sold $2,380 worth of raffle tickets for three lucky winners to have breakfast with Natalie. We’re anxious to share the grand total of our fundraising efforts, and will be posting that here on Tues., Oct. 27.

This morning, RSM McGladrey's new ad campaign, featuring Natalie Gulbis and her caddie Greg Sheridan, debuts in the Marketplace section of The Wall Street Journal. "The power of being understood demonstrates how strong relationships enhance understanding and lead to success.

Team McGladrey Members Chris DiMarco and Zach Johnson, along with Natalie, will participate in golf clinics with McGladrey Team Championship players and Special Olympics athletes this morning. We’ll be using Ustream to share video from those clinics, as well as other McGladrey Team Championship activities. Check those out on our YouTube channel.

Remember to tune in to XM Radio 11 a.m., ET, over the next few days to hear interviews with Chris, Natalie and Zach. Remember, too, that if you have a question you’d like to ask a Team McGladrey member, submit that here. We’ll try to get those answered for you.

Now…it’s off to the course…

Sunday, October 25, 2009

An update from Pinehurst

It’s a beehive of activity here at Pinehurst as we handle final preparations for The McGladrey Team Championship.

Events begin this evening with a welcoming reception and auctions to benefit Special Olympics’ golf program, the official charity of The McGladrey Championship. We’re looking forward to having Team McGladrey Member Natalie Gulbis host the live auction and to raising funds for such a great cause.

Team McGladrey Members Chris DiMarco and Zach Johnson will be joining us tomorrow, and we’re looking forward to that as well.

We’ll share updates from the auction, as well as other activities over the coming days. Let us know what you think – post your comments and/or questions you’d like answered by Chris, Zach or Natalie here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

This is it!

Ready or not…the activities related to the national finals of The McGladrey Team Championship in Pinehurst begin this Sunday (Oct. 25), with a welcome reception and live and silent auctions to benefit Special Olympics! We’ll be auctioning off some AMAZING items this year, including a Pete Sampras autographed tennis ball, a TUMI expandable wheeled packing case with suiter, a two-night/three-day Pinehurst package for two, a Sheryl Crow autographed guitar, and two suite tickets to a Washington Wizards or Capitals game at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. With all of these great items up for grabs (and with the holidays right around the corner), we’re hoping to raise LOTS of money for Special Olympics’ golf program, the official charity of The McGladrey Team Championship.

The McGladrey Team Championship itself begins with the first wave teeing off on Pinehurst’s Course No. 8 at 7:45 a.m. on Mon., Oct. 26, followed by the second wave at 12:15 p.m. Event activities wrap up with an awards ceremony the afternoon of Wed., Oct. 28.

We’re excited this year that two of our very own RSM McGladrey employees – Colin Sanderson (managing director – New York) and Paul Knight (business development director) – will be competing in this year’s National Championship, following their team’s win at the Metropolitan Section Championship in Rye, NY. Joining Colin and Paul will be Jeff Glat (one of their clients) and PGA Professional Kyle Baehler. Since we have a bit of an “inside track” with this team, we hope to get them to post some thoughts about their personal experiences with The McGladrey Team Championship here while in Pinehurst. Stay tuned for that.

And speaking of staying tuned…SiriusXM Radio’s Matt Adams will be joining us in beautiful Pinehurst. In addition to serving as emcee for the Special Olympics auctions, Matt will be broadcasting updates from The McGladrey Championship, which will include individual interviews with all three Team McGladrey members – Chris DiMarco, Natalie Gulbis and Zach Johnson – all of whom will be participating in the National Championship. Tune in next Monday through Wednesday. Better yet…if you have any questions about The McGladrey Team Championship and/or related activities, let us know by posting those here. We’ll get answers to you right here on The McGladrey Golf Blog!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The McGladrey Team Championship is right around the corner...

Congratulations to the U.S. Team for winning The President’s Cup!

We’re now finalizing plans for the upcoming National Finals of The McGladrey Team Championship in Pinehurst. While the competition technically takes place Oct. 26 – 28, we’ll have a welcome reception the evening of Sun., Oct. 25. Activities will include silent and live auctions to benefit Special Olympics golf program, the official charity of The McGladrey Team Championship.

We’re excited about all of the wonderful donations that are going to make this year’s auction a success. And we’re looking forward to presenting the proceeds from the auctions, as well as other McGladrey-sponsored fundraisers that have taken place over the past year, to Special Olympics representatives during The McGladrey Championship. We’ll share those details from Pinehurst, so check back here for that announcement.

As if that weren’t enough excitement, we’re also fortunate enough to have all three Team McGladrey members – Chris DiMarco, Natalie Gulbis and Zach Johnson – attending this year’s Championship. If you have a question that you’d like Chris, Natalie and/or Zach to answer, let us know. If we’re able to get an answer for you, we’ll share it here. Or…you might even hear it on XM Radio during The McGladrey Championship!

We’ll be posting lots of other news and stories from Pinehurst. We hope you’ll check back often!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Continuing down the path to Pinehurst

Congratulations to Team McGladrey Member Natalie Gulbis on her performance during the recent Navistar LPGA Classic!

We’ve been following Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson and the rest of the U.S. Team at The President’s Cup this week, and are hoping for a U.S. win!

Plans for The National McGladrey Team Championship (Oct. 26-28) are now in high gear. We’re looking forward to seeing Natalie, Zach and fellow Team McGladrey Member Chris DiMarco in Pinehurst, along with representatives from The PGA of America and Special Olympics. It promises to be an action-packed few days!

Speaking of The Team Championship, the generosity of those who have donated items for the event’s silent and live auctions continues to astound us. As part of The McGladrey Team Championship/Special Olympics partnership, we’ve been raising funds for Special Olympics athletes over the past year through Local Qualifying Event (LQE) entry fees and RSM McGladrey-sponsored events across the country. Thanks to these wonderful auction item donations, we’ll raise even more funds to help Special Olympics’ goal of increasing acceptance and inclusion for people with disabilities. That’s the power of teamwork!

We’ll post results of our fundraising efforts here from Pinehurst later this month. In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you – about anything related to The McGladrey Team Championship or golf in general. What’s on your mind?

Friday, October 2, 2009

Golf, golf and MORE golf!

We’ve been tracking Team McGladrey Member Natalie Gulbis’ performance in the Navistar LPGA Classic at Capitol Hill in Prattville, Alabama, and will continue to keep up with her over the weekend. (Check out her recent interview about the tournament!) Best wishes, Natalie!

Next week, Team McGladrey member Zach Johnson will be competing as part of the U.S. Team at The President’s Cup, October 6-11 at San Francisco’s Harding Park Golf Club. Joining Zach will be Team Captain Fred Couples, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Kenny Perry, Stewart Cink, Sean O’Hair, Jim Furyk, Anthony Kim and Justin Leonard, along with captain’s pick members Lucas Glover and Hunter Mahan. Greg Norman will be Team Captain for the International Team, and he will be joined by Geoff Ogilvy, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and other world-class golfers. You can tune into the tournament on the Golf Channel Wednesday through Friday and on NBC Saturday and Sunday. You can bet we’ll be watching!

Of course, we can’t miss this opportunity to remind everyone about The National McGladrey Team Championship in Pinehurst (Oct. 26-28). The Team Championship will offer combined prize money and gift certificates exceeding $200,000. This’ll be the first year all three Team McGladrey members – Chris DiMarco, Natalie Gulbis and Zach Johnson – will be at The Team Championship together, supporting VIPs, amateur golfers and PGA Professionals. We’re looking forward to seeing Chris, Natalie and Zach there, and to raising funds for Special Olympics golf program, the official charity of The McGladrey Team Championship. With the right team, anything’s possible!