Thursday, May 29, 2014

Join The Winner’s Circle!

This week is the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. None of our Team McGladrey members are playing, but the 2013 McGladrey Classic Champion Chris Kirk is teeing off at 8:15 a.m.,ET, from tee No. 1 this morning (May 29). Go, Chris!  

Speaking of Chris Kirk, the McGladrey Classic media center recently released a post titled, “5 Interesting Facts About Our 2013 Champion, Chris Kirk.” You can read it here. Interesting stuff – some of which was new to us. Did you know these facts about Kirk?

And while we’re on the topic of McGladrey Classic winners, we’d like to send a quick congratulations to 2012 McGladrey Classic Champion Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey and his wife Erin on the birth of their son Davis Roland Gainey this past Wed., May 21. Best of luck to your new family addition, Tommy !

And now for YOUR chance to win: You have until tomorrow (Fri., May 30) to enter for a chance to win the biggest giveaway in FORE Georgia history. FORE Georgia, a long with The Inn at Sea Island, is offering one lucky person a chance to win an incredible prize, including:
  • $50 PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE gift card to Winner and 3 companions.
  • Two rooms for two nights, double occupancy at The Inn at Sea Island
  • Unlimited Golf for three days on any of our three championship courses
  • One lesson for four at The Golf Learning Center
  • Breakfast Daily at The Inn
  • One Dinner for four at Colt & Alison*
  • Ground transportation to and from the airport (JAX, SAV, or BQK) if needed*

During last week’s post, we mentioned the “Love for Dad” package you can give your dad for Father’s Day this year. This is a great gift – for YOUR dad or any of your golf-loving friends who are fathers! Check out the three package options and get yours before June 10 to ensure delivery in time for Father’s Day.

And while we’re on the topic of special packages, Sea Island has just came out with another offering because, when it comes to golf, you can never have too much of a good thing. With that in mind, between June 1 and August 28, you can play as many rounds as you’d like on three championship courses with the island’s Summer Unlimited Golf Package.* Thanks to spectacular landscapes like the Seaside Course (home, of course, to the PGA TOUR’s McGladrey Classic), it might be tough to call it quits. You can also pay a visit to the island’s Golf Learning Center, where three of Golf Digest’s 50 Best Teachers are instructors, and dozens of pros train. The package includes unlimited golf and cart use per night of stay, with a two-night minimum at The Lodge, voted the #1 resort in the Continental U.S. by Travel + Leisure readers and a Forbes Five-Star recipient. June average price: $495 single player/$610 two players; July-August average price: $450 single player/$556 two players. 
If golf alone doesn’t make you want to come check out this year’s McGladrey Classic tournament then maybe curiosity will! A recent article,St. Simons: Island of PGA Tour stars,” highlights the many features that draw so many PGA TOUR players to this beautiful island. It’s a great read. Below is a brief clip:   
The Sea Island Mafia, they've been dubbed. The godfather? Davis Love III. 

"We're sucking them in," said Love, the 20-time tour winner and former major champ who has lived on St. Simons since his teens. 

Love raised his family here and helped persuade more than a dozen tour pros to live some or all of the year in a place where they can step off their private jet at the tiny island airport and be on a paddle board on St. Simons Sound in 20 minutes.

Check back with us next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and the 2014 McGladrey Classic (Oct. 20-26).

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Reminders, Announcements and Gift Ideas!




This week, Team McGladrey Members Davis Love III and Zach Johnson will be in Texas for the Crowne Plaza Invitational. As a reminder, Zach won this tournament in 2012 and had a strong finish in 2013, coming in third place. We are excited to watch what happens this year! Teeing off this morning (May 22), Zach starts at 7:44am CT on tee #10 and Davis is at  8:17am CT on tee #10.

Don’t forget! For those on or near Sea Island, this Sat., May 24 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., ET, the Davis Love Foundation and Sea Island Golf Club will be hosting the third Annual Demo Day Fore Charity! Click here to find more details and to register.

We are now a mere 150 days from the start of the 2014 McGladrey Classic! The time is going to fly by so be sure to purchase your daily tickets while they’re still available. While you’re securing your tickets, take a look at some of the McGladrey Classic merchandise. We’d love to see photos of your sporting the gear! (Tag us on Facebook!) And don’t forget…Sun., June 15 is Father’s Day. Show Dad some “love” this Father’s Day by treating him to one of our customized “Love for Dad” package by Tues., June 10 to ensure delivery in time for Father’s Day! Details about this limited-time offer are below:

Love for Dad Package – $99 (FREE SHIPPING)    
    • Two (2) Good Any One Day tickets
    • One (1) white waffle golf towel embellished with The McGladrey Classic logo
    • One (1) McGladrey Classic Golf hat (green)
    • One (1) sleeve of McGladrey Classic logoed golf balls
Love for Dad Package II – $225 (FREE SHIPPING)
    • Two (2) Good Any One Day tickets
    • Twosome of golf at the Retreat Course at Sea Island Golf Club (must be redeemed between June 16 – August 31, 2014)
    • Two (2) McGladrey Classic Golf hats (green)
Love for Dad Package III – $375 (FREE SHIPPING)
    • Two (2) Good Any One Day tickets
    • One (1) night accommodations at The Inn at Sea Island (must be redeemed between June 16 – August 31, 2014)
    • Twosome of golf at the Retreat Course at Sea Island Golf Club (must be redeemed between June 16 – August 31, 2014)
    • Two (2) McGladrey Classic Golf hats (green)
This upcoming Mon., May 26 is Memorial Day. We hope you enjoy the day while remembering those who have served and are serving our country. To honor those we’ve lost and are/have served, the McGladrey Classic will host a Military Appreciation Day Sat., Oct. 25, during the 2014 McGladrey Classic. As always, active and retired military will be welcome all week and special ticket offers are available. Find out complete details here. The rest of tournament week’s schedule of events has been released. Take a look at the details and start filling up your planners!



Check back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey as the countdown continues for the 2014 McGladrey Classic…

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Darius Rucker Returns to The McGladrey Classic, Tickets Now Available!


Big news was recently released from Sea Island: Platinum-selling and 2014 Grammy Country Single of the Year winner Darius Rucker (formerly with Hootie and the Blowfish) will entertain fans with a concert “Live Under the Oaks” the evening of Wed., Oct. 22, as part of the 2014 McGladrey Classic! Concert tickets include lawn seating to the show and access to the tournament on Wednesday.  In a change from previous years, everyone will be required to have tickets on Wednesday, including youth 17 and under. VIP tickets will be available later this summer.

Not only can you now get your Darius Rucker tickets, but tickets for the 2014 tournament are now available as well. Check out all the different package options, and get your tickets today! 

If you want to share the fun and excitement of The McGladrey Classic with a group, you might want to consider our hospitality packages. They provide a great way to spend time with clients and potential clients in a private venue that offers the best in good old southern hospitality. Each venue, featuring a premium view of golf action, includes televisions, real-time scoring computers, and spectator and pairings guides. Tickets provide access to tournament grounds and your hospitality venue.

This week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Team McGladrey members are taking a break from play, but our extended McGladrey “family” of past McGladrey Classic champions are well represented:
 
·         [2010] Heath Slocum tees off at 1:10pm CST – tee #10
·         [2011] Ben Crane tees off at  1:20pm CST – tee #1
·         [2012] Tommy Gainey tees off at  1pm CST – tee #10

We’ll be cheering for you, fellas!

Check back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey, the 2014 McGladrey Classic and general golf-related news.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Team McGladrey’s Zach Johnson Moves Up to No. 9, Plus More About The McGladrey Classic

It’s a busy time of year in the world of golf. After last week’s Wells Fargo Championship, Team McGladrey Member and PGA TOUR Professional Zach Johnson jumped up a spot in the FEDEX Cup rankings and is now No. 9. Way to go, Zach, your friends at McGladrey are so proud of you! Also from last week’s Wells Fargo Championship, the Golf Channel featured a great article on champion J.B. Holmes – definitely worth a read.

Earlier this week, The Davis Love Foundation, host organization of The McGladrey Classic, announced that it will extend an invitation to play in the tournament to the winner of the Jones Cup Invitational.  The first invitation will be given to the champion of the 2015 Jones Cup, which will be played early next year at Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Georgia. Learn more about this on the McGladrey Classic website.
 
Speaking of The McGladrey Classic, the tournament’s Birdies Fore Love program is now accepting applications from charitable organizations interested in being a part of this year's program. Here’s a brief background on Birdies Fore Love is for interested charities: Birdies Fore Love focuses on helping 501(c)3 organizations exceed their fundraising goals while sharing the excitement of a major PGA TOUR event. Contributors are asked to make donations to one of the program’s Birdies Fore participating charities. For an additional $1 (above the $10 minimum), contributors are eligible to enter the “Guess the Birdies” contest for a chance to win a new car from our friends at Nalley Buick GMC. One-hundred percent of all donations will go to the charity selected by the contributor. (Click here to learn more and/or apply.)
 
Moving on to the Sunshine State this week for The PLAYERS Championship, Zach teed off in Florida at 8:18 a.m., ET on tee 10 this morning (May 8). The PGA TOUR’s fantasy expert picks are out for this week’s tournament, and Zach was listed in quite a few places. We’re hoping these expert picks are on the money! And to get an inside feel of what it’s like to play the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass in Florida, check out this PGA TOUR article featuring several professional golfers give their opinions.
 
And speaking of PGA TOUR professionals, 2013 McGladrey Classic winner Chris Kirk, who happens to be celebrating his birthday today, was recently featured on GOarticles.com. The story mentions his golf-relationship Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III. Check out this brief snippet: We’ve include a little snippet from the article below
 
Under Love's tutelage, he hasn't stopped improving, winning twice on the Web.com Tour in 2010 to earn his card and capturing the PGA Tour's 2011 Viking Classic as a rookie. All Love has prescribed to Kirk are some simple range drills that emphasize impact position.
 
You can read the full article here.
 
Also, check out this picture from another McGladrey Classic winner – Ben Crane. He shared the picture featuring him, Zach and Jonathan Byrd. 

@bencranegolf
Being a pro golfer is amazing but it's wouldn't be nearly as fun without guys like this @ZachJohnsonPGA / @JByrdpga pic.twitter.com/HqHQZpLvXQ

For those of you who read FORE Georgia, the publication has its biggest giveaway in the history of the magazine underway, and we’re excited it’s in partnership with The Inn at Sea Island! Register online NOW thru May 30, 2014 for YOUR chance to win this prize worth almost $5,000!  Prize includes:
 
  • $50 PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE gift card to Winner and 3 companions.
  • Two rooms for two nights, double occupancy at The Inn at Sea Island
  • Unlimited Golf for three days on any of our three championship courses
  • One lesson for four at The Golf Learning Center
  • Breakfast Daily at The Inn
  • One Dinner for four at Colt & Alison*
  • Ground transportation to and from the airport (JAX, SAV, or BQK) if needed*
To wrap up this week’s post, we’d like to wish all of our readers a relaxing and loving Mother’s Day weekend. We hope you’ll check back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and the 2014 McGladrey Classic.



Thursday, May 1, 2014

Nothing Like a Little R&R (Recognizing and Reminiscing)


This week a couple of members of Team McGladrey, as well as “extended golf family” are in Charlotte for the Wells Fargo Championship. Davis Love III teed off at 8:10am ET on tee no. 10 and Zach Johnson tees off at 1:15pm on tee no. 1. All previous winners of The McGladrey Classic are competing as well, so we wish the best to luck to  all of them!

Quick mention from last week: Congratulations to Seung-Yul Noh on his first PGA TOUR win last weekend at the Zurich Classic, and to 2012 McGladrey Classic winner, Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey who finished in the top 10! Way to go, guys!

Sea Island, home of The McGladrey Classic, has been busy lately sharing lots of new updates. First, if you live on or near Sea Island, the First Tee Provider is offering a free golf clinic for those aged 7-12 Sat., May 3. The clinic will feature a PGA professional at Coastal Pines Golf Club in Brunswick from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., ET. Spaces are limited so reserve your spot by sending an email to courtneystiles@gmail.com. You can find out more about this event on First Tee Provider’s Facebook page. Other recent updates from the island:

·         the Foundation hosted a Volunteer Chairmen’s Kickoff Luncheon,

·         McGladrey Classic recognized outstanding volunteers (read more),

·         Stunning old photos of Sea Island were shared (Rich in History), and

·         A new volunteer spotlight was released – Jeff Jones.

Remember: Later this month the Davis Love Foundation and Sea Island Golf Club will host the third annual Demo Day Fore Charity. Find out more information about this May 24 event, and how you can support it. It's a great cause.

It’s hard to believe that we’re just six short months from the 2014 McGladrey Classic (Oct. 20 - 26). Planning is in full swing (Pun intended!), and we’re looking forward to returning to Sea Island. Do you plan to attend this year’s tournament? It’s such an incredible event, and we’d love to share it with you! We’ve shared it here before but we're including the 2014 McGladrey Classic video in today’s post as well. It’ll definitely get you in the mood for the tournament! You can track the tickets page until sales open up later this spring!



See you back here next week!