Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The McGladrey Classic teed up in style at Sea Island, GA - Guest post by Zach Johnson


PGA TOUR Professional Zach Johnson, along with fellow PGA TOUR Professional Chris DiMarco and LPGA TOUR Professional Natalie Gulbis, make up Team McGladrey. Through their involvement with RSM McGladrey, Zach, Chris and Natalie participate in certain activities sponsored by the firm, and support a number of charitable organizations. The message below is from Zach, following his participation in the recent McGladrey Classic community kick-off event:

As most weeks are, this one has been busy. This particular week, however, started off with a unique event Monday, March 29, with one of my sponsors, RSM McGladrey. The McGladrey Classic community kick-off event took place right here in my hometown of Sea Island, Georgia. And as a member of Team McGladrey and The McGladrey Classic Tournament Board, I had the honor of participating in the festivities.

The event began with a few brief opening comments by RSM McGladrey President and COO C.E. Andrews, PGA TOUR Chief of Operations Rick George and myself. Davis Love III, founder of The Davis Love Foundation, which is the host organization for The McGladrey Classic was going to serve as host for the day, but he was delayed due to weekend rain at Bay Hill. However Davis joined us via phone to welcome the guests and then was able to join us in-person later in the day.

Opening remarks were followed by "the world's fastest painter" Rock Demarco (no relation to fellow Team McGladrey Member Chris DiMarco) unveiling The McGladrey Classic logo by creating a unique one-of-a-kind work-of-art incorporating the logo right before our eyes. Fascinating! And the best part: The painting (as well as one of Dave Love III and one of me) will be auctioned off later in the year to benefit the charities supported by The McGladrey Classic. The charities will include Special Olympics, with which RSM McGladrey has had a partnership for some time now and locally, the Boys and Girls Club and Safe Harbor.

I hope you'll check in here regularly to keep up with activities related to The McGladrey Classic, and that you'll post your questions and comments here as well. I know I speak on behalf of the entire team at RSM McGladrey when I say that we'd love to get some conversation going about this exciting new PGA TOUR Fall Series event!

Friday, March 19, 2010

The McGladrey Classic...And don't forget to cast your vote!

Another week has come and gone, and we’re growing increasingly excited about the upcoming McGladrey Classic event at Sea Island on March 29th!

We’ve had several planning meetings with our partners at The Davis Love Foundation, the PGA TOUR and the Sea Island team. It’s a great group of folks, and we’re planning a fun event on the 29th, which will include a unique, one-of-a-kind entertainment component. Local dignitaries and media will be there, along with RSM McGladrey’s leadership team, Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson and other guests. You’ll be able to get updates from us on Twitter, Facebook and from right here on our blog.

We’ll also keep you posted as things progress for The McGladrey Classic, which will take place October 4 – 10 on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort.

In the meantime, don’t forget to vote for Team McGladrey Member Natalie Gulbis in Esquire magazine’s “Sexiest Woman Alive” contest. The last time we checked, USC football coach Lane Kiffin was in the lead by a 57 to 43 percent margin. We’re pulling for you, Natalie!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Guest Post from PGA TOUR Professional Zach Johnson


PGA TOUR Professional Zach Johnson, along with fellow PGA TOUR Professional Chris DiMarco and LPGA TOUR Professional Natalie Gulbis, make up Team McGladrey. Through their involvement with RSM McGladrey, Zach, Chris and Natalie participate in certain activities sponsored by the firm, and support a number of charitable organizations. The message below is from Zach. We plan to use his tips to help improve our game – feel free to use them to improve yours as well!

As a member of Team McGladrey, I’m looking forward to playing in the new PGA TOUR event, The McGladrey Classic this October 7 – 10. I’m also looking forward to being at Sea Island Resort later this month (March 29) for a special McGladrey Classic community event. I can’t share too many details about that just yet, but hope you’ll check back here regularly for updates and to ask any questions and/or leave comments that you’d like to share.

In the meantime, here are a few quick tips for improving your game:

MAKING MORE PUTTS – Visualization is a great help to making more putts. From a drill standpoint, on the practice green, set up tees around the hole, with three stations, at intervals of three feet, five-feet and seven-feet. Try to make 20 from the three-foot station, 10 from the five-foot station and five from the seven-foot station. Move through all three stations once without missing or repeat the drill. Bottom line, with regard to putting…practice makes perfect.

REVERSING A REVERSE PIVOT – If you have a tendency to reverse pivot, you’re not alone – it’s very common among amateurs. To move your weight to the left, concentrate on having the same posture at impact as you do at address. With good posture at impact, the weight of the club will move your weight to the left side naturally without your having to think too much about it.

CHOOSING A PUTTER – When choosing a putter, it’s important to remember that putting is such an individual thing that no one putter is right for everyone. Find one that suits your type of stroke and one that looks good to your eye. Putting is all about confidence, so choose a putter than inspires confidence in you.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Congrats and stay tuned for an exciting announcement...

Congratulations to three-time major champion Ernie Els on being honored this week with the Golf Writers’ Association of America’s (GWAA) Charlie Bartlett Award. The award is given to professional golfers for unselfish contributions to the betterment of society. Els was selected for his youth foundation in South Africa, the Els for Autism Foundation and the Els Center for Excellence. He will be honored at the GWAA Annual Awards Dinner April 7 in Augusta, Georgia.

Speaking of Georgia, Sea Island resident and Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson announced this week that he will play in the 42nd annual Verizon Heritage at South Carolina’s Harbour Town Golf Links April 12-18, as well as at the newly-built AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio May 13-16.

Although none of our Team McGladrey Members are playing this week, we’re sure they are all practicing hard for the upcoming events in which they'll be competing.

Coming up later this month…look for a follow-up announcement about The McGladrey Classic – straight to you from Sea Island! Davis Love III, Zach Johnson, RSM McGladrey’s very own President and COO C.E. Andrews and a bunch of other great folks will be on-hand for what promises to be an exciting and fun time at one of the world’s most beautiful golf resorts!

What do you think it might be? Got a guess? Let us hear from you!