Saturday, October 15, 2011

The McGladrey Classic: We Love You, Nancy Lopez!




Our third group of guests arrived as Sea Island yesterday and, after a reception at the Cloister’s Black Bank Terrace yesterday evening, they’re out on the course with us today – another beautiful day on the island.

The highlight of the morning has been a golf clinic by World Golf Hall of Fame Member Nancy Lopez. Not only did Nancy give attendees tips for improving their game, but she also shared some background on how she got came to love golf. Nancy’s father put a club in her hands when she was eight years old. And while her parents didn’t pressure her, she wanted to play and play well because she wanted to please them. Nancy said that her parents never made her feel bad when she didn’t play well, but simply asked if she had given it 100 percent. If she had, they assured her that was all she could do, and that she should feel good about it.

Nancy also talked with the crowd about her passion for giving back to those less fortunate than herself. She is actively involved in a number of charitable organizations, and shared a moving story about the physical and mental difference she saw in one particular young man through her work with one special organization. This passion for giving back to the community is one that McGladrey shares, and Nancy’s heartfelt account of what a difference each of us can make by getting involved has us even more excited than ever about our upcoming annual Volunteer Day next month.

The best question from the crowd came from a young girl who asked, “How did you get so good?” Nancy’s answer: “Lots of practice. You have to work hard, and you have to love what you do.” Words of wisdom for all of us – on and off the course.

We love you, Nancy Lopez!

Tomorrow is the final round of The McGladrey Classic. Who do you think will win?