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.