Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pulling for Team USA and Prepping for The McGladrey Classic!

Team McGladrey members Davis Love III and Zach Johnson are in Wales this week for the 2010 Ryder Cup, and you can rest assured we’re pulling for Team USA!

We’re looking forward to seeing Davis and Zach, along with fellow Team McGladrey member Chris DiMarco and the dozens of other PGA TOUR professionals who are playing in The McGladrey Classic next week – it’s hard to believe that it’s almost here!

Our Senior Director of Sports Marketing Ricki Lasky will be posting daily updates to our blog throughout the event, so you’ll want to check back here for the “latest and the greatest” about The McGladrey Classic next week. In the meantime, here’s a quick overview of what’s ahead:

• Mon., Oct. 4 – Practice round #1
• Tues., Oct. 5 – Practice round #2
• Wed., Oct. 6 – Pro-Am
• Thurs., Oct. 7 – Round 1
• Fri., Oct. 8 – Round 2
• Sat., Oct. 9 – Round 3
• Sun., Oct. 10 – Round 4

The Golf Channel will be covering The McGladrey Classic live between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., EST Thurs., Oct. 7 through Sun., Oct. 10, so you’ll want to tune in for that, as well.

Who are you pulling for to win The McGladrey Classic? Take our poll.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Less Than Two Weeks and Counting...!


The McGladrey Classic is less than two short weeks away now, so you might think we’d have all of our “golf power” focused on that event. But…that’s not the case. While The McGladrey Classic is clearly top-of-mind for us these days, several McGladrey leaders and clients recently had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, NY.

Shinnecock – the No. 3-ranked course on Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses – was the setting for our recent Ultimate Golf Experience (UGE), which offered our guests the opportunity to mingle with Team McGladrey members Natalie Gulbis and Chris DiMarco. It also allowed us to spend valuable time with some of our key private equity clients and prospects, so it was a “win” for everyone involved.

The event kicked off Sept. 13 with a welcome reception where RSM McGladrey President and COO C.E. Andrews, McGladrey & Pullen Managing Partner Dave Scudder and other members of our leadership team joined Natalie, Chris and guests at an evening reception. The following day, Chris and Natalie conducted a golf clinic with attendees, and then played a couple of holes with each foursome. (Chris and Natalie also evaluated players’ swings – think that’d make you nervous?)

Chris also hosted a discussion with Natalie and her caddie, Greg Sheridan, on the dynamics between a professional golfer and her caddie, during which Natalie drove home the importance of being understood. The event concluded with a reception on the porch, which featured a gorgeous sunset.

Check out Natalie’s blog to hear what she had to say about the experience.

Remember, The McGladrey Classic is Oct. 4 – 10. We’ll be posting daily blog updates from Ricki Lasky, our senior director of sports marketing, throughout the event, so check back often for updates!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

More PGA TOUR Professionals Commit to The McGladrey Classic!

We’re starting this week’s post with another word of congratulations – this time to Dustin Johnson on his second PGA TOUR title of the year at the BMW Championship. Great job, Dustin!

After helping out with last week’s Pantene Beautiful Lengths event, Team McGladrey Member Natalie put down the scissors and picked up her clubs again this week to play in the P&G NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. Congratulations to Yani Tseng who won her third tournament of the year at the event.

The countdown to The McGladrey Classic continues…it’s now less than three weeks way. The excitement is building and the roster is rounding out nicely with Matt Kuchar, Lucas Glover, Boo Weekley, Johathan Byrd, Charles Howell III, Brandt Snedeker and Brendon de Jonge committed to joining Team McGladrey members Davis Love III, Zach Johnson and Chris DiMarco for the inaugural event Oct. 4 – 10.

Leading up to The McGladrey Classic, however, we’ll be cheering on Team McGladrey Zach Johnson and other members of Team USA at the Ryder Cup in Wales, Oct. 1 – 3. The McGladrey Classic follows closely on the heels of the Ryder Cup – it’ll take place at Sea Island Oct. 4 – 10. You can purchase tickets at www.mcgladreyclassic.com. Are we going to see you there?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Team McGladrey Makes the Cut!

Congratulations to our very own Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson on being selected by 2010 Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin as one of his four Captain’s picks for the 28th annual Ryder Cup! Zach will join fellow Captain’s picks Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink and Rickie Fowler at the prestigious Celtic Manor Resort’s Twenty Ten Course in Wales October 1-3. Go Team USA!

Team McGladrey Member Natalie Gulbis put down her clubs and picked up scissors this week as she and about a dozen other LPGA TOUR professionals cut hair for the Pantene Beautiful Lengths (PBL) initiative. PBL encourages women (or “angels” as they’re called) to donate their hair for use in the making wigs for women who suffer hair loss as a result of chemotherapy treatments while battling cancer. This year, 100 angels (some of whom were LPGA TOUR professionals) donated their hair as a part of this event in Rogers, Arkansas. We’re proud of these angels for their donations, and of Natalie and the other LPGA TOUR professionals who helped make this year’s event such a success.

In less than four weeks, we’ll be at Sea Island for the inaugural McGladrey Classic. We hope to see you there. You can purchase tickets or sign up to volunteer at www.mcgladreyclassic.com.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

What Do Buttered Popcorn and Reese's Pieces Have to do with Team McGladrey?

Congratulations to Matt Kuchar for winning The Barclays – great news for a great guy! We’re THRILLED that Matt will be joining Team McGladrey Members Zach Johnson, Davis Love III and Chris DiMarco at beautiful Sea Island for The McGladrey Classic next month! Ben Crane has signed on as well, so the roster is rounding out nicely, and we can hardly wait to head south!

After recently hosting the Natalie Gulbis Charity Classic at The Loon Golf Resort, we learned this week that she’ll be returning there Sept. 24-26 for the Natalie Gulbis Showcase event. We also learned, by the way, that her favorite movie snack is buttered popcorn and Reese’s Pieces. (YUM!) What’s your favorite?

Also up this week, Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson was so excited by the record-low airport security lines as he traveled to Boston that he posted a couple of Twitpics about it.

Next week, we’ll learn who Corey Pavin picks to round out his team of 12 for the Ryder Cup. That announcement is scheduled for Tues., Sept. 7, and you can bet we’ll be keeping an eye (and ear) out since the rumor mill has Zach as one of the contenders. Keep your fingers crossed!

It’s hard to believe that The McGladrey Classic is just a little more than a month away. Tickets are available for Wed., Oct. 6 through Sun., Oct. 10, and we’re still looking for volunteers. If you’re interested in helping or in getting tickets, visit www.mcgladreyclassicom.