Welcome back to the McGladrey golf blog following last week’s long holiday weekend. We hope you enjoyed time with friends and family over the Thanksgiving weekend, and that you had the opportunity to reflect on all of the things for which you are grateful. Those of us here at McGladrey have much to be thankful for – including your overwhelming support for The McGladrey Classic’s Birdies Fore Love Program. Check out the Twitter picture posted earlier this week (to the left here on our blog), which gives you a glimpse of the hundreds of envelopes arriving at the Davis Love Foundation – each of them containing donations for deserving charitable organizations! Your contributions are making a positive difference for the beneficiaries of more than 90 children and family-focused charities! Thank you.
It’s hard to believe that the 2013 McGladrey Classic is already almost a month behind us. Each year, the months of planning lead up to a spectacular week-long event that seems to be over in the blink of an eye. Not to fear, though, we’re still wrapping up a few things from this year’s tournament and are already thinking about next year’s. And Team McGladrey isn’t slowing down much, either. This week, Zach Johnson is in California for the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. He’s in group 3 with Australian Jason Day. Their tee time was at 9:52am PST today. Davis Love III is at Nalley Brunswick Automobiles on Sea Island where they just announced the winner of the Birdies Fore Love competition. And we were thrilled to learn that McGladrey’s very own Gavin Martin (from our Boston office) was this year’s winner! Gavin won the worldwide contest by most closely guessing the number of birdies that would be made during the 2013 McGladrey Classic. His grand prize winner. His prize? A 2013 Buick Encore! The charities benefitting from the Boston office’s fundraising are: NEADS, which provides service dogs for deaf and disabled Americans, and Associated Early Care and Education, which is focused on school readiness for disadvantaged children.
But Gavin and the Boston office’s selected charitable organizations weren’t the only winners. Special Olympics Coastal Georgia received an additional $5,000 for being the charitable organization that most closely guessed the correct number of birdies without going over! And of course, the ultimate winners in all of this are the children and families served by participating charitable organizations. Check out the video of some of the winners receiving their checks on McGladrey Classic’s Facebook page. It’ll make you smile.
Next year’s McGladrey Classic is scheduled for Oct. 20-26, 2014, and if the past four years have been any indication, the time between now and then will fly (kind of like a “birdie” – we know, bad pun – just couldn’t resist). We hope you’ll check back weekly between now and then for updates on all things golf!