Thursday, January 26, 2012

Golf, Lost Love and a New App

Congratulations to Mark Wilson, the 2012 Humana Challenge champion. Our own Team McGladrey members Zach Johnson and Chris DiMarco played well during the event, too, finishing T8 and T30 respectively. Chris is now playing (Jan. 26 – 29) in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California. And there's another McGladrey connection at Torrey Pines this week: 2011 McGladrey Classic Winner Ben Crane is playing, as well. Watch the live coverage.

Speaking of Ben Crane, he launched his latest video, “Lost Love,” earlier this week. Click here to see what he might be doing if he hadn’t decided to pursue golf. And if you think THAT was funny, check out some of his previous videos. They’re sure to make you laugh.

Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III is at the PGA Show in Orlando today, signing autographs at the Bridgestone booth. If you’re there – stop by and tell him “hello” from his friends at McGladrey.

Also this week, the PGA TOUR launched its official (and free) HD iPad app, featuring live scoring, stats and video. You can download it in the App store. Let us know what you think – we’ll share your feedback with the TOUR.

Finally, the Abu Dhabi HBC Golf Championship is now underway (Jan. 26 – 29). In the field are 97 European TOUR winners, 12 Major Championship winners with 28 Major titles, six players in the Top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings and four World Number Ones. Twenty-six different nationalities are represented. You can keep up with the latest news throughout the event here.

Check back next week for more…

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III is in the Spotlight This Week

This week, Sea Island, home of The McGladrey Classic, announced the “Sea Island Fairways Foursome Sweepstakes.” The contest will give one lucky winner and three of his/her guests a three-night, four-day stay (four bedrooms) at The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club. The prize package includes a round of golf for four, autographed Sea Island golf bags for the winner and each guest, a two-hour golf clinic and a $500 Peter Millar gift certificate for the winner. And the best part? For each entry received, Sea Island will donate $1 to the Davis Love Foundation. It’s quick and easy to enter. Do it now before the Feb. 29 deadline.

Also this week, we ran across a nice article on featuring @DL3 discussing his goals related to the Ryder Cup this year, and how difficult it when it comes time for his Captain’s choice decisions. It’s worth a read.

We hope you’ll check back next week for another update!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

2012 is in Full Swing!

Congratulations to Steve Stricker for winning the first 2012 PGA TOUR event – the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii! We couldn’t resist sharing this great (and funny) picture from the event.

Also this past weekend (Jan. 7 and 8), Team McGladrey Member Natalie Gulbis was at the Winn Junior Cup Challenge at the Rio Secco Golf Club in Nevada. It looks as if a good time was had by all in this friendly “East vs. West” competition. (We also to know that Natalie celebrated a birthday that weekend. Happy birthday, Natalie!)

This week, we have our first planning session of the year for the 2012 McGladrey Classic. (This will be the third year of the event.) We’re looking forward to continuing the tradition, and to making some new and interesting additions to this year’s event. If you’ve got suggestions, send them to us – we’ll factor them into our thinking!

Also this week, we’ll be watching Team McGladrey members Chris DiMarco, Zach Johnson and Davis Love III playing in the Sony Open at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii Jan. 9-15. (Aloha, guys!) You can keep up with the leader board through the event website.

Chris, Zach and Davis won’t have much of a rest after Hawaii, as they have all committed to play in the Humana Challenge (formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic) in LaQuinta, California Jan. 26-22. The new Bob Hope Memorial Trophy will be awarded to this year’s champion. (We’re hoping one of our guys will take it home!) If you can’t be there in person, you can catch live tournament coverage on The Golf Channel from noon to 3 p.m., PST Jan. 19 – 20, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., PST Jan. 21 and 22.

Check back next week for our next update, and let us know if there’s anything you’d like for us to cover here on the McGladrey Golf Blog.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy New Year!

It’s hard to believe, but yet another year has come and gone, and we’re already beginning our planning for the third annual McGladrey Classic, which will be held in beautiful Sea Island Oct. 15 – 21, 2012.

And while we’re in the planning stages for our event, Team McGladrey members Chris DiMarco, Zach Johnson and Davis Love III will be kicking off the New Year by playing in the Sony Open at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii Jan. 9-15. (Zach won the tournament in 2009.) You can keep up with the leader board through the event website.

With all of the holiday hustle-and-bustle over the past few weeks, we wanted to make sure you were aware of a few things that happened recently:

• The McGladrey Classic earned an award for “Best New Promotional idea” from the PGA TOUR during the December Tournament Advisory Council meeting. The McGladrey Classic was singled out for its “Caddie for Love” promotion campaign, which resulted in more than 22,000 fans submitting essays explaining why they should be picked to caddie for Tournament Host Davis Love III during the 2011 event. Read more on The McGladrey Classic website.
• Team McGladrey Member Natalie Gulbis interviewed with SiriusXM Radio’s Matt Adams. (This was actually a bit before the holidays, but we thought our readers would find it of interest.) You can listen to the interview on the LPGA TOUR website.
• The game of golf lost a legend last month when LPGA Founder Bettye Danoff, otherwise known as “Mighty Mite,” passed away in Texas on Dec. 22, 2011 at the age of 88. She will be missed “mightily.”

We wish you and yours the best for the coming year. We hope you’ll check back here regularly for our updates, and we look forward to seeing you at Sea Island!