Sunday, October 3, 2010

The McGladrey Classic - Day 2 at Sea Island

This the second in a series of first-hand accounts of activities taking place in preparation for the inaugural McGladrey Classic - from Ricki Lasky, RSM McGladrey's senior director of sports marketing. Enjoy!

First thing this morning, I had a walk -through of the McGladrey hospitality chalet on the 18th green. We created the design for the chalet over the last several months, and I was eager to see the final product. Nestled behind the 18th green with a birds-eye view of the final hole, it will be the perfect setting to watch the final putt drop next Sunday. The d├ęcor consists of light wood panels with seating inside and a lighted McGladrey sign over the bar area. The front of the chalet is glass with doors leading out to a patio and 72 chairs for our guests to enjoy the 132 golfers that will pass through Thursday and Friday.

I spent the next few hours with tournament director, Scott Reid. With notebook in hand, we surveyed every aspect of the tournament grounds. We looked at each branding element and how it would impact the spectator. We looked at TV towers and camera angles. We went to the Golf Channel compound and discussed the broadcast and the talent that will arrive later this week. We walked through the Spectator Village, which will host bands Friday and Saturday nights, and a Barbeque Throw-down with celebrity chefs. As we rode by the 14th hole, which is located on the water, a sailboat drifted by…it felt so peaceful.

Today was also the day to get organized. We walked into our office at the Cloister to find the 100 or so boxes we have shipped over the last few weeks. With box cutter in hand, one-by- one, we opened each and organized everything by size, date, color and gender of the respective recipients. We painstakingly went through each arrival and departure time, airport transfer and tee time. It takes an amazing group of dedicated people to pull this off; thanks to the team for all their efforts!
One more day until our week is here. Lights, camera, action: The inaugural McGladrey Classic it’s going to be a memorable one!

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