Saturday, October 2, 2010

The McGladrey Classic - Day 1 at Sea Island

Ricki Lasky, senior director of sports marketing for RSM McGladrey, is the “woman behind the scenes” responsible for every detail related to The McGladrey Classic. Ricki will be providing daily updates from Sea Island throughout the event. Check back here regularly for the “latest and the greatest” and for unique insights and perspectives on the inaugural McGladrey Classic.

As I drove closer to The Lodge and the Seaside Course yesterday (Fri., Oct. 1), a sense of calm came over me. What has been a labor of love for the past nine months is about to become a reality. The inaugural McGladrey Classic is only a few short days away. As I walked the grounds, I beamed with pride. There is a buzz in the air here at St. Simons/Sea Island. The locals see McGladrey Classic signage at every turn, VIP tickets sold out yesterday, grandstands are up and crews are working around-the-clock to put on the finishing touches. The “devil is in the details,” as they say. The main entrance, which is almost complete with its faux cobblestone and copper roof looks as if it has been here for 50 years. Trees and plants have been trucked in by the hundreds to line the walkways. The tournament staff buzzes around like bees to ensure nothing is left undone. Directional signs, driving range, parking, evacuation vehicles, media facility and 800 eager volunteers are ready to go come Monday morning.

The course itself looks incredible, so pristine, it makes a duff like me want to go out there and knock it around. Hats off to the golf course maintenance team that took such great care mowing every green and ensuring the rough is just long enough to make it interesting.

The feeling here is this is the place to be next week. The McGladrey Classic will be an experience for the golfer and non-golfer alike. At the end of the day, it will be about giving back to the community – more about that later in the week.

The field is set and we look forward to showcasing The McGladrey Classic around the world. We have an amazing week planned for our guests, which I will fill you in on daily. Please join me all week for your behind-the-scenes tour of The McGladrey Classic!

And don’t forget to let us know who you think will win by taking our online poll.

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