Thursday, October 31, 2013

Welcome to Sea Island – and to The McGladrey Classic!

Today’s guest post is from Team McGladrey Member and PGA TOUR Professional Davis Love III, host of The McGladrey Classic.

Happy Halloween to those of you who celebrate by dressing up, accompanying your little spooks and goblins as they go in search of treats and/or those who pass out the goodies to trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood! With October coming to a close, it’s time for another treat – the fourth annual McGladrey Classic (Nov. 4 – 10)!
I look forward to welcoming McGladrey representatives, their clients and potential clients, and the tens-of-thousands of golf fans who will be visiting my beautiful home of Sea Island for this year’s tournament over the coming days! Once, again, we have a strong player field, including fellow Team McGladrey members Zach Johnson (also a Sea Island resident) and Chris DiMarco, along with 2012 McGladrey Classic Champion Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, 2011 Champion Ben Crane and 2010 Winner Heath Slocum. The fact that every winner of the tournament to date is returning to Sea Island this year speaks volumes for the event and for the venue. I’m honored to be a part of this top-notch tournament and proud to call Sea Island home.    

But it’s not just all about golf. Tournament week is packed with fun activities, including Youth Day, Military Appreciation Day and a concert “Under the Oaks” by singer, song writer, actor and avid golf fan Toby Keith. You can find more details about tournament-related activities on The McGladrey Classic website.

 And as is the case each year with The McGladrey Classic, one of the biggest goals of the tournament is to support local and national charitable organizations. This year, we’re pleased that our good friends at McGladrey – who have a strong history of supporting the communities where the firm’s employees live and work – are supporting the tournament’s Birdies Fore Love program, which will raise funds for designated charitable organizations, based on the number of birdies recorded during this year’s event. We’ll be counting the birdies during the tournament, and look forward to supporting a number of charitable organizations through this initiative, in addition to the typical support provided through The McGladrey Classic.

I hope you’ll join me at Sea Island for The McGladrey Classic. If you can’t be here in person, though, tune in to the Golf Channel for live coverage the afternoons of Nov. 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Counting Down to Tee Time for The McGladrey Classic…

Only ten more days until the 2013 McGladrey Classic (Nov. 4 – 10)! Grounds preparations are in full swing at Sea Island where everyone is focused on making sure that the tens of thousands of golf enthusiasts attending the fourth annual tournament will experience the best the island has to offer. If you haven’t visited the McGladrey Classic Facebook page, check it out for a behind-the-scenes peek at the progress. While your browsing through the photos, take a look at this year’s spectator guide, which includes hole-by-hole descriptions of the historic Seaside course and an overall layout of the tournament grounds. That way, you’ll be able to hit the ground running when you arrive at the tournament. Not able to attend in person? No worries. This will make you feel ALMOST as if you’re there.

 Kicking off this year’s McGladrey Classic activities will be Youth Day on Mon., Nov. 4 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., ET, near the tournament main entrance! Join us for special activities that youth of ALL ages will enjoy, including a 3:30 p.m. ET clinic and “big break” contest with 2012 tournament champion Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey and PGA TOUR professional William McGirt. You won’t want to miss it! Mon., Nov. 4 is also Community Day. Gates will be open FREE of charge for all ages for the day. “Activities start at 10 a.m. with a shotgun Pro-Am, featuring Golden Isles PGA TOUR pros. The Humana Walkit Trail will be featured all day – complete the trail and earn a FREE “Good Any One Day” ticket to return to the tournament one day of your choice (Thurs., Nov. 7 through Sun., Nov. 10).

Wed., Nov. 6, singer, song writer, actor and golf enthusiast Toby Keith will perform “Live Under the Oaks.” Planning to attend? Be sure to read up on the important concert details here.

Still want more details about the tournament and related activities? Visit the following links:

…And don’t forget! Wed., Nov. 6 will be the last day to submit your guess for “Birdies Fore Love!” When you make a pledge of a penny or more for every birdie made during the 2013 McGladrey Classic, the charity of your choice wins! One-hundred percent of all pledges go directly to participating charitable organizations! Guess the birdies for your chance to WIN a 2013 Buick Encore! Make your pledge.

Next week we may or may not… ::cough::… have a special guest blog post from someone close to the McGladrey family. Be sure to stop by next week to find out who it is!  And during tournament week, check back daily for news, pictures and videos from The McGladrey Classic!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The McGladrey Classic – It’s Right Around The Corner!

Hard to believe but we’re just 17 days away from the fourth McGladrey Classic! It’s astonishing how quickly times goes once we begin planning for the tournament. Be sure to follow us the entire week of the event (Nov. 4 – 10) on all of our social media platforms. We’ll be posting pictures, videos, quotes and the “inside scoop” from all of our activities!

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With such a short timeframe before the start of the 2013 McGladrey Classic, you might want to purchase your tickets as well as your merchandise to sport (pun intended) at the tournament. All active and retired military personnel are welcome to attend free of charge when they show their valid military identification cards. Active and retired military will also have access to the Military Outpost, a special hospitality venue located on the ninth green, featuring great views and complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages.  Military personnel will also receive a special discounted ticket price to the live concert by Toby Keith on Wed., Nov. 6 at 7 p.m., ET. With the tournament dates being so close to Veteran’s Day, there are also discounted ticket prices for those who have served but do not have retired status. Learn more about McGladrey Classic showing appreciation for U.S. Armed Forces. We look forward to welcoming all active and retired military to The McGladrey Classic!
In case you haven’t been keeping up with it, we’re continuing to receive player commitments for this year’s tournament. Webb Simpson recently committed to the McGladrey Classic. Check out the player field so far and let us know your thoughts!

Last week, we weren’t able to share the imagery from the Seaside Course since we had a special guest blog post from Zach Johnson! This week, we will show you holes 14 and 15.

Hole 14 of the Seaside Course is a Par 4 playing 442 Yards. It has averaged 4.13 strokes and yielded 171 birdies in the first 3 years. A slight dogleg to the right, this hole has marshland and a dune to the left and a fairway bunker, dunes and a strategic cluster of trees guarding the right side of the fairway. The slightly downhill approach requires accuracy to the long, narrow green with marshland to the left and long.

Hole 15 of the Seaside Course is a Par 5 playing 562 Yards. It has averaged 4.48 strokes and yielded 597 birdies and 61 eagles over the first 3 years. The second par 5 on the Seaside Course is a dogleg-left with huge bunkers short, left and beyond the corner. This will challenge long hitters to hit their drives over the bend for a chance to reach the green in two. The second shot has water to the left and dunes to the right. The green is 55 yards deep with bunkers on the left and front-right that are nearly as large as the green.
Team McGladrey Members Zach Johnson and Davis Love III are in Las Vegas for the Shriners Hospital for Children Open. Zach and Davis are in the same group (#15) which teed off at 7:23am today (Oct. 17). Best of luck at this week’s PGA TOUR event!

Check back next week for a status update on how preparations for The McGladrey Classic tournament are coming along and Team McGladrey.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Message from Zach Johnson

This week’s post is from PGA TOUR Professional and Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson, President’s Cup member, winner of the 2013 BMW Championship and resident of Sea Island, GA, home of The McGladrey Classic.

It seems as if it was just yesterday that Kim and I welcomed the McGladrey team, a great field of PGA TOUR players and thousands of golf fans to our home of Sea Island for the 2012 McGladrey Classic. This year’s event – the fourth year of The Classic – is now one short month away (Nov. 4 – 10), and we’re looking forward, once again, to welcoming everyone back to the island.

The McGladrey Classic is special. Not just because it’s “at home,” but through The McGladrey Classic, hundreds of thousands of dollars are raised for national and local charitable organizations. In fact, to date, the tournament has raised nearly $1 million for Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia, and other deserving charitable organizations that do so much for those in need. I’m proud to be a part of The McGladrey Classic, and to wear the McGladrey Logo, and I hope to see you at Sea Island in November!

You can follow Zach on Twitter: @ZachJohnsonPGA.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Busy Times on Sea Island

There is a LOT going on this week, but we’ll start with a quick mention of Team McGladrey member activities. Zach Johnson and Davis Love III are in Dublin, OH this week for The President’s Cup. Zach Johnson is paired with Jason Dufner, teeing off at 12:55 p.m. today (Oct. 3). Zach wasn’t feeling quite up to snuff earlier this week (suffering from flu-like symptoms) but, according to his Twitter posts, he’s feeling somewhat better today. Let’s all wish him the best and hope for a quick recovery! Davis is serving as the captain assistant. And even though Chris DiMarco isn’t joining his fellow Team McGladrey members in Dublin, he’s talking up The President’s Cup on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. Check out DiMarco discussing how to play Muifield Village course.  

And while Sea Island residents Zach and Davis aren’t there this week, things are getting pretty busy on the island in preparation for The McGladrey Classic (Nov. 4 – 10)! This past Mon., Sept. 30, was The McGladrey Classic Media Day. After roundtable discussions with Davis, Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey (winner of the 2012 McGladrey Classic) and other tournament “celebrities” (including McGladrey’s Carolinas Office Managing Partner and incoming Board of Directors Chairman, Craig Radke), reporters and representatives from a number of area charitable organizations were invited to a Charity Skills Challenge presented by McGladrey, where Davis and Tommy were joined by Matt Kuchar for a little friendly competition to benefit winning charitable organizations. The Challenge raised $9,000 ($3,000 each) for the Red Cross, United Way and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Altamaha Area. Check out the McGladrey Classic Facebook page for pictures and quotes from the event.

After Media Day, building out of the course for The McGladrey Classic began! The now “famous” floating McGladrey sign has been installed, along with the entry way flag poles. Check out step 1 of 4 below on installing the floating sign. You can view the rest on our McGladrey Classic YouTube channel. (It’s pretty neat to watch.)

And as if that’s not enough, we also have an update on the tournament’s Birdies Fore Love (BFL) program. To date, McGladrey has raised more than $125,000 for children- and family-based charities supported by the Davis Love Foundation and BFL. McGladrey’s Birdies Fore Love National Leader Chris Parrish hit the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to find out what golf, birdies and love meant to a few lucky visitors. Check out the interview video below. How would YOU have answered Chris’s questions if you’d been asked?  

Finally, this week’s Seaside Course picture is hole 13 which is a par 4 –playing 408 yards. It has averaged 4.02 strokes and yielded 200 birdies in the first 3 years. Sea Island’s signature hole is a slight dogleg to the left with a marsh running the length of the hole along the left side and three fairway bunkers and dunes protecting the right side off the tee. The approach is to a difficult, elevated green with a deep fronting bunker on the right and collection areas surrounding the entire green.

With the McGladrey Classic being ONE month away, be sure to check out schedule of events, purchase your tickets, directions and parking, and course map. Check back next week for more updates. (Hint: It’ll be an extra special post, so you won’t want to miss it!)