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!)

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