Thursday, November 18, 2010

Giving Thanks

There’s a chill in the air, and the holidays are right around the corner so our thoughts naturally turn to giving thanks.

We’ll be taking a break next week to celebrate our blessings with family and friends, and we hope you’ll have an opportunity to do the same. We didn’t want to let this week pass, though, without thanking you, our readers, for keeping up with The McGladrey Classic and Team McGladrey activities here on the McGladrey golf blog, and for sharing your comments, suggestions and questions. We appreciate you, and hope you’ll continue reading our blog over the holidays and the coming year.

This year has brought many other things for which we’re thankful, as well – a few of those include:

• Team McGladrey members LPGA TOUR Professional Natalie Gulbis and PGA TOUR Professionals Chris DiMarco, Zach Johnson and Davis Love III. Their understanding of the importance of giving back to the community mirrors McGladrey’s own commitment, and the professionalism with which they represent our firm is greatly appreciated by the entire McGladrey team.
• The teams at Sea Island, the PGA TOUR and the Davis Love Foundation, along with the 1,200 volunteers who made the first McGladrey Classic such a huge success – it was truly a group effort.
• And last but by no means the least – the healthy arrival of twin girls for our Senior Director of Sports Marketing Ricki Lasky whom, we know, will be even more thankful when the girls begin sleeping through the night!

Enjoy the upcoming holiday, and check back here December 2 for our next update.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Golfing for and with Kids

Congratulations to the PGA TOUR team of Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and Boo Weekley on winning the 2010 Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge at the Rio Secca Golf Club in Nevada earlier this week!

The LPGA TOUR team of Team McGladrey Member Natalie Gulbis, Cristie Kerr and Suzann Pettersen came in third this year, after winning in 2009. (Natalie and Cristie also teamed with LPGA TOUR Professional Morgan Pressel to win the event in 2007.) Of course, the real winners of this event are the children who benefit from the proceeds which go to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

This week, Team McGladrey Member Chris DiMarco is playing in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic (Nov. 11 – Nov. 14) at Disney’s Magnolia and Palm Courses in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. This will be Chris’s 14th time playing in the tournament over the course of his career and, as this particular nonprofit is one about which he feels passionate. Chris will also have a special caddy on his bag this week as his son Christian will lend his services.
Also playing in the Classic this year will be Heath Slocum, winner of the inaugural McGladrey Classic. Needless to say, we’ll be watching.

We’ll also be watching Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson’s caddy Damon Green (who tied for 12th in the first stage of Q-School) next week as he heads to TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, Florida. Damon will be part of a field of 70 competing for five exempt spots on the 2011 Champions Tour.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Golfing and Giving...

This week, Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson is in Shanghai for the 2010 WGC-HSBC Championship, while his caddie Damon Green has spent some time at the senior circuit Q school. Best to them both!

Also this week, we learned that Team McGladrey Member Chris DiMarco has been paired with Anthony Kim for Greg Norman’s 22nd annual Shark Shootout scheduled for Dec. 8 – 12 at the Tiburon Golf Club in North Naples. Greg, himself, will tee it up alongside Matt Kuchar. And Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III will team up with David Duval for the tournament. All funds will benefit CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and other worthy charities. We’re proud of Chris’ and Davis’ involvement in an event that gives back so much to the community.

And speaking of the community, with the holidays quickly approaching, many of us are turning our thoughts to giving to others. RSM McGladrey and McGladrey & Pullen employees recently gave back to communities across the country through the firms’ first-ever Volunteer Day. What are some of your favorite causes, and how do you like to support your community? We’d like to hear about it.