Thursday, February 23, 2012

An Update on Team McGladrey and Sea Island

After spending some time with Team McGladrey at Pelican Hill last week, we’ve settled back into our offices, and Team McGladrey is back on the move. This week:

Zach Johnson is playing in the Accenture Match Play Championship (Feb. 20-26) at the Ritz-Carlton Country Club in Arizona. You can watch on The Golf Channel.

Natalie Gulbis is a long way from home. She’s playing in the HSBC Women’s Champions at the Tanah Merah Country Club in Singapore. You can catch the action on Thursday and Friday on The Golf Channel. Check out this great action photo from the tournament photo gallery.

We’d like to remind our readers that Sea Island’s “Fairways Foursome” contest is underway, with entries continuing through Wed., Feb. 29. For every entry received, Sea Island will donate $1 to the Davis Love Foundation. The winner will be announced on or about March 15, 2012. The prize package includes a three-night, four-day stay at The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club for the winner and three guests in four Lodge rooms, plus lots of other “goodies.” Don’t miss the deadline. Enter today for your chance to win!

And speaking of Sea Island, the 2012 McGladrey Classic (Oct. 15-21) is 234 days away. To stay current on tournament-related events and activities, check back here regularly and/or visit The McGladrey Classic website.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pelican Hill = A Hole-in-One for McGladrey!

Earlier this week, a small team of McGladrey leaders and key clients gathered at the infamous Resort at Pelican Hill for a McGladrey Private Equity Symposium during which McGladrey leaders talked with clients and potential clients about value creation through operational performance improvement and the state of global fundraising for private equity.

One of the event highlights was a “Team Behind the Player” session featuring Team McGladrey members Chris DiMarco, Natalie Gulbis and Zach Johnson answering questions from McGladrey moderator Colin Sanderson. Topics focused on how members of their respective teams demonstrate understanding of what it takes to help them succeed on the course, how things have changed over the course of their careers, how their teams help them gear up for reaching their goals, etc. The video will be available soon. Check back here for a link to hear Team McGladrey’s own words about the “power of being understood.”

In the meantime, we want to extend our congratulations to Peter Lambert, Senior Vice President for Willis for getting a hole-in-one on #4 at Pelican Hill’s Ocean South Course. Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson was a witness for the happy occasion…and was only just a little envious that he wasn’t the one who made the shot.

Check back next week for another update. In the meantime, learn more about what Team McGladrey had to say about their time at Pelican Hill with McGladrey by following them on Twitter.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Giving Back Through Golf

We’d like to start this week’s update by saying how proud we were to hear updates from Capitol Hill earlier this week as athletes and advocates from one of our favorite nonprofits – Special Olympics - met with members of Congress to discuss education, health and employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. Their goal is to continue the commitment to the work of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and to make sure that people with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD) are top-of-mind when critical decisions are made for the country. Athletes and ambassadors met face-to-face with Congressional representatives in hundreds of scheduled appointments. Following the meetings, a candlelight vigil was held as a poignant reminder of everyone’s ability to aid in the fight for civil rights for all. We support Special Olympics!

Also this week, the PGA TOUR Wives Association teamed up with TOMS Shoes for a “Style Your Sole Party” at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Shoes, designed by the likes of Darius Rucker (who gave an outstanding performance during the 2011 McGladrey Classic, by the way), Bill Murray, over very own Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson, and other celebrities and professional golfers, are available for bidding on e-Bay. All proceeds benefit the PGA TOUR Wives Association and the First Tee of Monterey County. Here’s a picture of what Zach’s “inner designer” created.

Speaking of the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, it’s underway Feb. 6 – 12. In addition to Zach, Team McGladrey members Davis Love III and Chris DiMarco are playing, along with a virtual “who’s who” of celebrities, including Huey Lewis, Chris O’Donnell, Ray Ramano, Darius Rucker and many others. While the event is guaranteed to be loads of fun, the real winners are the hundreds of nonprofit organizations which benefit from the proceeds of the tournament. To date, more than $85 million has been raised through the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, which is committed to funding organizations and programs that demonstrate “the greatest positive effect.”

After Pebble Beach, Chris and Zach will be joined by Team McGladrey Member Natalie Gulbis at an “Ultimate Golf Experience” for select McGladrey clients and potential clients. A small contingent from the McGladrey sports marketing team will be there, so look for updates on Facebook and Twitter (@McGladrey), and check back here next week for event highlights, and maybe even a few words from Team McGladrey members themselves!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Things Are Hopping for The McGladrey Classic and Team McGladrey

Earlier this week, The McGladrey Classic team sent out the tournament’s latest newsletter chock full of good information related to the 2012 event (Oct. 15 – 21). This issue includes information and links to Tournament Director Scott Reid’s blog, Matt Adams’ Fairways of Life radio show, event Pro-Am opportunities, and the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau’s new website. If you haven’t read it yet, do it now.

Volunteer registration for the 2012 McGladrey Classic begins March 1 – mark your calendar so you can be one of the first to volunteer.

Also this week (Jan. 30 – Feb. 5), McGladrey Classic Tournament Host Davis Love III and defending champion Ben Crane are paired together for the first two rounds of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (Jan. 30 – Feb. 5). If you’re lucky enough to be there in person, you might want to check out “The Best Places to Watch the 2012 WM Phoenix Open” before you head to the course. You can also get a great Arizona travel guide here. We’re following the event from afar through the weekend. Will you? Who are you pulling for?

Finally, the LPGA launched a new video ad campaign this week, “See why it’s different out here,” featuring none other than Team McGladrey Member Natalie Gulbis and other LPGA TOUR players). Check it out. Natalie was also interviewed earlier in the week by Golfing World TV at the PGA Show in Florida. Watch the interview to find out her plans and goals for 2012. And let us know what you think about that prominently displayed McGladrey logo on her visor. We love it!