Thursday, October 30, 2014

Oh, What a Week!


It’s hard to believe that the fifth annual McGladrey Classic has already come and gone. We hope you enjoyed following tournament-related activities via this blog and McGladrey’s other social media channels. As Bill Gorman, McGladrey’s Southeast regional managing partner, said recently during a Golf Channel interview, “Each year we think there’s no way we could have a better tournament and then we somehow manage to top it!”

One of the highlights from this past week (week of Oct. 20), has to be the announcement of McGladrey’s extension of our title sponsorship of The McGladrey Classic through 2020. We’re thrilled, and excited about what the future holds for this event! One thing we do know about the future is that the tournament will move next year to two courses: Seaside and Plantation, allowing The McGladrey Classic to increase its player field. The date has already been set so be sure to mark your calendars for Nov. 16-22, 2015!

While we posted daily updates throughout this year’s tournament, we thought you might enjoy a quick recap of some a few additional highlights:

·         Darius Rucker Concert: We cannot express how happy we were to have Darius as part of The McGladrey Classic once again and how appreciative we were of the incredible show he put on for his fans. PGA TOUR professional, Russell Henley, even made a special appearance playing the guitar during ‘Wagon Wheel.’ And to top it all off,  Darius and his band donated the entire concert to the tournament so those funds can go to charity. How AMAZING is that?! And another great example of how The McGladrey Classic and related activities have an unwavering focus on stewardship.  

·         Wounded Hero Home Donation: The PGA TOUR, representatives from The McGladrey Classic (including McGladrey’s very own CEO and Managing Partner Joe Adams), Bank of America and others were on hand just prior to the concert to present a Wounded Hero Home Donation, in collaboration with Birdies for the Brave and Military Warriors Support Foundation, to Gold Star Mom Reagan Gibbs!  

·         Military Appreciation Day: Hundreds of St. Simons Island residents and visitors greeted the Wounded Warriors during the bridge parade route to The McGladrey Classic. It was priceless. More than 100 motorcyclists led the buses carrying veterans and their family members. It was a great display of American pride.

·         Volunteers: The McGladrey Classic would not be a success without the more than 1,200 volunteers who donate their time in support of the tournament year after year. Each year, we hear from guests how helpful, kind and a “part of the experience” the volunteers are to attendees. We thank those who donate their time to the tournament.

·         Sea Island Staff: The Sea Island staff has always been exceptional, exceeding expectations tournament after tournament. No wonder their resorts are consistently winning five-star awards!

·         McGladrey Employees and Clients: It was another successful year for The McGladrey Classic’s Birdies Fore Love program, which raises funds for charitable organizations focused on supporting children and families in need. This year, McGladrey employees and clients once again raised more than $400,000 for local and national charitable organizations. We look forward to continuing our support of Birdies Fore Love over the coming year, and through the next McGladrey Classic.

·         Charity Putting Contest: Each year, one of our favorite events is a putting contest where local Special Olympics athletes are paired with PGA TOUR Professionals and supported by McGladrey “caddies” (leadership team members) for a friendly competition. The joy on the winners’ faces each year is indescribable.  

Before we know it, we’ll be teeing up plans for the sixth annual McGladrey Classic (Nov. 16-22, 2015). For those who were able to attend this year’s tournament and/or for those who watched via The Golf Channel, what was YOUR favorite moment from the tournament? We would love to hear from you, particularly if it’s about something you’d like to see us continue moving forward.

Check back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and The McGladrey Classic. We hope your Halloween is happy!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Beautiful Finish to the 2014 McGladrey Classic


Guest post by Theresa Altobelli, manager – tax services – with McGladrey LLP, the nation’s leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. Theresa is one of several of the firm’s Birdies Fore Love office leaders, who was chosen to attend The McGladrey Classic as a result of her involvement in the charitable aspect of this year’s McGladrey Classic.

The McGladrey Chalet overlooks the 9th and 18th holes, where a large crowd was gathered to watch the final round of The McGladrey Classic Sunday afternoon.  We, as spectators, and the players themselves, could not have asked for better weather. Spectators acknowledged each players accomplishments with a round of applause as they ended the tournament. And there was a strong sense of unity as we watched the final three players, Streb, MacKenzie and de Jonge, enter the playoff rounds. Each player had an exceptional game. What an incredible experience it was to see Robert Sterb win the 2014 McGladrey Classic, his first PGA tournament, Sunday afternoon with a four-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole (the 17th hole)!

We remained for the presentation of the trophy to Streb by Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III on the 18th green. This was followed by a champagne toast at The Lodge, where Davis and McGladrey Board Member Craig Radke officially congratulated the winner. 

The McGladrey Classic displays McGladrey’s core values. The event had a feeling of integrity, teamwork, respect and excellence. McGladrey’s partnership with the Davis Love Foundation and the PGA TOUR exemplifies the trusted relationships that we strive to achieve with all of our constituents. The McGladrey Classic demonstrates McGladrey’s core value of stewardship, a value that is also shared by the Davis Love Foundation and the PGA TOUR – and one
that we heard is important to clients, potential clients, guests, volunteers and others throughout the tournament.  

When you look at the golfers relationships with their caddies you see not only a trusted advisor relationship, but a partnership where they consult each other on challenges to determine the best course of action to take to reach the ultimate goal. This is a very similar relationship McGladrey has with its clients. We are our clients’ supporters and we consult with them to provide them with the expertise they need to get them to their ultimate goal of success.   

Being on Sea Island was an incredible experience. The hospitality was world-class and the island itself is absolutely beautiful. The golf courses were in pristine condition. Birdies Fore Love allowed us, as employees of the firm and as individuals, to display stewardship. And being a Birdies Fore Love winner, I had the privilege to be a part of such a wonderful event. I encourage everyone to contribute to Birdies Fore Love next year and with the five-year extension of McGladrey’s sponsorship of The McGladrey Classic through 2020, I hope that several of my McGladrey teammates have the opportunity to experience The McGladrey Classic in person.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Congrats, Robert Streb, Winner of the 2014 McGladrey Classic!


2014 marked the fifth year of The McGladrey Classic. At McGladrey, we celebrated this important anniversary by announcing a five-year extension of our title sponsorship of the PGA TOUR event through 2020. Following that, we posted over the course of the week a series of  “Top Five” lists that we thought our clients, potential clients, coworkers, friends and family members would enjoy.

Of course, one of the most exciting parts of the event each year is naming the tournament winner. This year, we’re thrilled to welcome Robert Streb to the McGladrey family, as he joins Chris Kirk, Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, Ben Crane and Heath Slocum as part of the history of McGladrey!

The 2015 McGladrey Classic is scheduled for Nov. 16 through 22. We hope we’ll see you next year at Sea Island!

2014 McGladrey Classic - Saturday Oct. 25th Recap

 

Nothing Short of Incredible


Guest post by Juliana Kreul, tax manager – not-for-profit, with McGladrey LLP, the nation’s leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. Juliana is one of several of the firm’s Birdies Fore Love office leaders, who was chosen to attend The McGladrey Classic as a result of her involvement in the charitable aspect of this year’s McGladrey Classic.

Saturday (Oct. 25) at The McGladrey Classic was absolutely incredible! The weather was perfect and everyone was in great spirits. It was also Military Appreciation Day, which started with a parade across the causeway onto the island where veterans and more than 50 Purple Heart recipients were welcomed by McGladrey leaders and enthusiastic and supportive golf enthusiasts. Military personnel had access to a grandstand especially for them, which provided seating, refreshments and great views of the 9th greens. It was packed with some of our nation’s finest and bravest men and women. The flag on each green along the course was an American Flag. And active duty military service members were charged with tending each flag throughout the day’s play. It was an honor to watch every player and caddy shake each service member’s hand and thank him/her for their service.

My husband and I had an opportunity to play a round of golf on the beautiful Retreat Course here on Sea Island. We were joined by co-workers from McGladrey’s San Diego and Irvine offices, and our round was expertly caddied by a local Sea Island resident and long-time professional caddy. One of the most interesting highlights of the afternoon was our peek into the Golf Channel production trailer where we were able to watch how everything that you see during a nationally televised golf event comes together.  Back at The Lodge where we were able to tour the area, explore the McGladrey Fan Zone and watch some exciting finishes at the 18th Hole from the McGladrey Chalet. The players continue to play well, the conditions are superb, and the greens are fast; setting the stage for a thrilling conclusion to The McGladrey Classic.

Saturday evening, the Sea Island Beach Club hosted a dinner reception. With the ocean waves breaking in the background and a beautiful sunset, McGladrey personnel, clients, and potential clients gathered to enjoy the camaraderie and a delicious Southern-style buffet. PGA TOUR Professional and Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III and representatives from the Davis Love Foundation were recognized for their contributions to the community and programs benefiting children and families. Also recognized were the Birdies Fore Love office contest winners and all of the offices for their efforts in helping to support children and families in our communities across the nation. This year alone, McGladrey offices demonstrated their true stewardship to the community raising more than $400,000 to assist their local charities.

The McGladrey Classic is not just about golf. It demonstrates McGladrey’s commitment to the firm’s core values of excellence, integrity, respect, teamwork and, in particular, stewardship. The McGladrey Classic has raised almost $2 million for charities such as the Special Olympics and the Boys & Girls Clubs to date. It is an honor to be able to work for an organization so committed to giving back to the community.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

2014 McGladrey Classic - Friday Oct. 24th Recap

 

The McGladrey Classic: The Tradition Continues…

At the risk of sounding repetitve, it's another BEAUTIFUL day here at Sea Island for the fifth annual McGladrey Classic!

After a full day out on the course yesterday, McGladrey clients, potential clients and other guests who just joined us here enjoyed an evening reception last night at The Cloister’s Black Banks Terrace. It’s a stunning venue with a stunning sunset view.

Today is a particularly exciting day as it’s Military Day at The McGladrey Classic. This morning started with military personnel marching across the bridge onto the island, followed by a motorcade of supporters. They have joined us here on the course and will be honored throughout the day.

Also today, two additional McGladrey Birdies Fore Love representatives will be joining us on the island. We’re looking forward to meeting them, and to hearing their thoughts on The McGladrey Classic here on this blog. Check back tomorrow and Monday for those updates, and tune in to The Golf Channel today and tomorrow for live coverage of The McGladrey Classic!

 


Friday, October 24, 2014

2014 McGladrey Classic - Thursday Oct. 23rd Recap

 

McGladrey is All About Community


Guest post by Teresa Carlin, project manager – tax consulting services, with McGladrey LLP, the nation’s leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. Teresa is the firm’s national Birdies Fore Love leader, who was chosen to attend The McGladrey Classic as a result of her leadership in raising funds for children- and family-based charitable organizations nationwide. 

Having been to Sea Island for The McGladrey Classic Media Day this past in September, I could not have been more excited to return this week for the tournament. Immediately upon my arrival at the Jacksonville airport, I knew I was no longer in Manhattan when even my rental car representative looked at my ID and wished me a HUGE happy birthday! I smiled, as I was glad to be back among the Southern hospitality for which this area is so well-known. Everything about Sea Island and The McGladrey Classic is spectacular. However, the people are what make it truly special and unforgettable.

I brought my mother as my guest and couldn’t wait for her to experience The McGladrey Classic and Sea Island, as she is an even bigger golf fan than I am. Wednesday was the Pro-Am, and we watched many of the groups come in while in the McGladrey Chalet on 18th green, which also has a great view of the 9th green. We even saw the group made up of PGA TOUR Professional and Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III, Country Music Superstar Darius Rucker, McGladrey Chief Finance Officer Doug Opheim and McGladrey Chief Marketing Office Andy Bosman come in. They provided endless amusement while we watched Doug and Darius take a selfie after the round, with Davis “photo-bombing” it in the background.

The Wednesday afternoon charity putting challenge was just one of my favorite events. McGladrey executives suited up in caddie bibs, as PGA Pros and kids from the local Special Olympics and Boys and Girls Clubs played a 12-hole putting challenge. The joy on these kids’ faces and the enjoyment of the McGladrey execs and Pro golfers was truly special to watch. As national leader of McGladrey’s Birdies Fore Love efforts this year, I’ve been able to see firsthand not only the engagement and excitement from our McGladrey offices, but also the local Sea Island community. McGladrey and the Davis Love Foundation have gone to great lengths to contribute more than $2 million to deserving charitable organizations through The McGladrey Classic, which is incredible.

It will be wonderful to watch McGladrey’s value of stewardship continue, as Managing Partner and CEO Joe Adams, Davis Love III, and PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon that McGladrey has agreed to sponsor The McGladrey Classic for another five years, through 2020! I’m sure the tournament will only get better and better as the years go on.

Wednesday night, we attended the annual “Live Under the Oaks” concert on the Plantation Course. I have been to many golf tournaments in my life, but never have I been to one that included such a fun and outstanding concert! Darius Rucker played for an enthusiastic crowd of local Golden Isles residents; McGladrey representatives, clients and potential clients; and many PGA golfers. My parents took me to see Hootie and the Blowfish as my first concert about 20 years ago, so I was delighted to be able to take my mom to see Darius perform both new and old hits. What was truly amazing is that he donated the entire concert – set, lights, band, crew, time, and talent – to the tournament. Talk about stewardship!

Our experience here has been an unforgettable one already, and it has only just begun. I couldn’t be more proud of McGladrey as a firm. All the employees truly pulled together to make Birdies Fore Love a success this year. The success of the program would not have been possible without our office champions – who put in so much time and effort to make it happen in their local offices. We would not have been able to affect our local communities if it were not for the work of the Davis Love Foundation, particularly James Stevens and his team, doing all the behind-the-scenes work for us. Lastly, all the people at McGladrey – it is truly unique to be part of such a firm where even the highest level executives are so engaging, caring and kind. My mother has been blown away by not only the people at Sea Island, but the people at McGladrey who I get to work with everyday! I’m truly lucky to be a part of such a great community.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

2014 McGladrey Classic - Wednesday Oct. 22nd Recap

 

The McGladrey Classic: A Little Slice of Heaven


Guest post by Marcia Dykes, tax senior associate with McGladrey LLP, the nation’s leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. Marcia is one of several of the firm’s Birdies Fore Love office leaders, who was chosen to attend The McGladrey Classic as a result of her involvement in the charitable aspect of this year’s McGladrey Classic.

Tuesday evening’s highlight was a Pro-Am pairings party at the home of PGA TOUR Professional and Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III and his wife Robin, which showcases a beautiful view of the salt marsh vistas that surround St. Simon and Sea Island. The Pro-Am party, like all of the events at The McGladrey Classic, provided an opportunity for McGladrey clients and potential clients to meet professional golfers, as well as one another, and to spend time with McGladrey partners and principals.

The food and atmosphere exceeded all expectations, and included shrimp-and-grits, short ribs, fried and broiled shrimp and squash casserole. And, as often the case at Sea Island, the weather was terrific! During the event, Davis spoke to the group about how The McGladrey Classic is more than just a golf tournament, with the Birdies Fore Love program providing much needed financial support for nonprofit organizations focused on helping children and families in need. He also thanked the more than 1,200 volunteers who help make The McGladrey Classic a success each year.

The McGladrey Classic will be broadcast by The Golf Channel this Thurs., Oct. 23 through Sun., Oct. 26.

The McGladrey Classic is an awesome event. In both business and in golf, the goal is to give your best work so you win. And at McGladrey, we share our core values of excellence, integrity, respect, teamwork and stewardship with the game. The McGladrey Classic provides a platform that boosts McGladrey’s charitable efforts on the national level. By sharing our success, we are able to help provide a better life for our neighbors.

It was my pleasure to be a part of the fifth annual McGladrey Classic!  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2014 McGladrey Classic - Tuesday Oct. 21st Recap



The Luckiest Man on Sea Island



Guest post by Andre Wells, senior associate – technology and managing consulting with McGladrey LLP, the nation’s leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. Andre is one of several of the firm’s Birdies Fore Love office leaders, who was chosen to attend The McGladrey Classic as a result of his involvement in the charitable aspect of this year’s McGladrey Classic.
 
I was excited to be chosen as the winner of the trip to The McGladrey Classic…but the excitement of being chosen pales in the light of actually being here. Every moment I’ve experienced up until writing this post has far exceeded the last. I have no doubt that the good times will continue. However, I really should start from the beginning.

When the driver picked me up at the airport, I was already excited. I handed over my bags and hopped into the car with the energy of a kid headed to the candy store or an amusement park. Imagine that same kid watching the mile markers and street signs and counting down the miles. After about 20 minutes into the hour-long trip, I pulled out my laptop and logged into work. I did this not so much because I’m a workaholic, but purely to avoid asking, “Are we there yet?  How ‘bout now?  Now?  No?  How ‘bout now?”  all the way along the ride. The kid in me was on Cloud Nine. fter answering a few emails, I quickly found myself back to reality for a brief moment.  I say, “a brief moment” because just as my proverbial feet touched back down, I saw it—A HUGE billboard on the side of the highway advertising the fifth annual McGladrey Classic! At that moment, I shot THROUGH cloud nine and right into outer space. Now not only was I excited, but also so proud to be a member of the McGladrey team and the lucky winner of such an amazing opportunity. I  grinned from ear to ear for the rest of the drive to Sea Island.

Arriving on the island began the next level of excitement. Being originally from Chicago, living most of my adult life in Southern California and travelling from one busy city to the next for work, that this part of Georgia is a brand new experience for me. The bridges, highways and byways connecting one area of marsh to the next seemed to stretch for miles. Osprey, cranes and other birds indigenous to the area were a beautiful sight. However, my favorite sight had to be the ”Terrapin Crossing” sign posted as you make your way into the town. Now THAT’S something you don’t see in California. I contend with pedestrians, squirrels, dogs, deer and the occasional skunk…but this was a literal sign to me that I wasn’t in Cali anymore. Welcome to Sea Island, where the only traffic you might see probably has something to do with a turtle in the road!

While there was much beauty on our way to the resort, nothing made a bigger impression on me than the small streets lined with majestic oak trees draped in Spanish moss. The canopy of outstretched branches and moss (what locals refer to as “The Avenue of the Oaks”) marks the entrance into The Lodge – top-notch resort with a charming old-world look. Pulling up to the resort filled me with awe. Everything about The Cloister said, “Welcome to Southern Comfort.” I could write pages and pages trying to describe the character, charm and beauty of the grounds but a picture is worth a thousand words…and I hope you are able to see some of the stunning photos of the grounds.

After spending a little time in my room, I headed over to an evening reception for clients and potential clients. I’ll admit, I was a little intimidated when I arrived. Seeing McGladrey Managing Partner and CEO Joe Adams and other McGladrey leadership team members in person (after seeing his pictures and hearing them via conference calls) was a treat. My brain began to swim with names and titles and practice groups and regions before I had even made my first introduction. Heart-racing, palms sweaty…I searched the room for a familiar face. Then Terri Andrews, the firm’s national public relations director, found me. Her smiling face and outstretched hand calmed everything. After a few introductions and a whirlwind photo shoot – including a picture of me with PGA TOUR Professional and Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson, I was no longer lost and no longer panicked. I felt like the luckiest guy in the world to be a part of such a great group of people coming together for a great cause.

While Golf is the overarching theme of the event, the core of The McGladrey Classic and Birdies Fore Love is about stewardship  - which is also one of McGladrey’s core values. And what better way to give back than by focusing on charitable organizations that support families and children, the focus of The McGladrey Classic. Stewardship to me is our duty to our clients, to our communities, to each other and our world at large to manage and care for resources in a way that ensures future access to those resources.  Whether it be a safer place for children or much-needed essentials for entire families, I am beyond proud to be a part of a family of professionals committed to giving back. Above all the excitement, beauty, history and memorable moments on my first day on Sea Island, winning this trip has brought me in contact with a deeper and richer experience of stewardship and family--And for that, I’m the luckiest man on the island!

Monday, October 20, 2014

The McGladrey Classic Has Arrived at Sea Island!


This past weekend a small contingent of McGladrey workers arrived at Sea Island to focus on last-minute preparations for the fifth McGladrey Classic (Oct. 20-26). A lot of work goes into making the tournament a success each year!

As part of the official tournament-related activities, McGladrey partners and private equity clients/potential clients gathered at The Lodge Sunday evening for a pro-am pairings party hosted by Team McGladrey Member and Sea Island resident Davis Love III.

Today marks the first official day of The McGladrey Classic, with the pro-am on the Seaside Course being followed by an annual favorite: Youth Day at Hole No. 1 on the Plantation Course – the same location where Darius Rucker will entertain crowds this Wednesday evening. There will be many more activities between now and then, though, including this evening’s welcome reception at The Cloister’s Spanish Lounge, where Team McGladrey Zach Johnson will be on-hand to greet guests.

We’ll be posting daily updates to this blog throughout the week – including special guests posts by several of McGladrey’s Birdies Fore Love leaders. We hope you’ll check back daily for the“latest and the greatest” about The McGladrey Classic, and that you’ll tune into the Golf Channel Thursday through Friday for live coverage from the event!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Davis Love III Welcomes You to The McGladrey Classic and Sea Island



This week’s post is by Team McGladrey Member, PGA TOUR professional and Sea Island resident Davis Love III.

The fifth McGladrey Classic tees off next week (Oct. 20) at my beautiful home of Sea Island, GA, and it’s my pleasure to welcome you to the island!  

Not only does this PGA TOUR event take place in my “backyard,” but its title sponsor, McGladrey, is a firm I’ve really gotten to know over the past few years, and it’s a firm that that shares many of the core values of the game of golf: excellence, integrity, respect, teamwork and stewardship.  

Since its inception in 2010, The McGladrey Classic has raised nearly $2 million for national and local nonprofit organizations focused on children and their families. The good folks at McGladrey, along with their clients, raised more than $430,000 last year alone through the tournament’s Birdies Fore Love program. Together, we’re looking forward to doing even more this year!

Welcome to Sea Island…and to The McGladrey Classic!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Field – and the Excitement - Continue to Grow!


Exciting news: PGA TOUR players Jonathan Byrd, Padraig Harrington, Johnson Wagner and Team McGladrey Member Chris DiMarco have been awarded sponsor exemptions to play in the fifth annual McGladrey Classic, which is just a few short weeks away (Oct. 20-26) at  Sea Island! A few additional commitments include Stewart Cink, Brian Harman, Webb Simpson, plus many more! Checkout the 2014 Player Field.

And since the tournament is just around the corner, we thought you might like to know about a few interesting supporters/sponsorships for this year:  

·         Telluric Group LLC, which provides precision equipment to the military, training to police officers and protective services to business executives, has partnered with the Davis Love Foundation to support a Military Outpost for the armed services during the tournament. The Military Outpost is an exclusive venue near the 9th green, which includes complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages for active-duty, reserves and retired military. It’s open from 10 a.m. through completion of play Thursday through Sunday during the tournament, so if you’re serving (or have served) our country, drop by! In addition to the Military Outpost, members of the armed forces receive special ticket pricing and Saturday is designated as Military Appreciation Day.
 
·    Also new during this year's tournament is MasterCard Priceless Perks! Cardholders are entitled to complimentary VIP ticket upgrades; all you need is your MasterCard®! All cardholders will have a chance to win upgraded tickets at the tournament during competitve rounds. For more information on how ti win, check the course mpa when you arrive at The McGladrey Classic. Click here for official contest rules.

·       The Rotary Club of St. Simons Island, in partnership with the Davis Love Foundation and Nalley Auto, will host this year’s “Meet the Local Pros” event on Mon., Oct. 20 at The King and Prince Beach& Golf Resort from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. [Tickets are $65 per person and well worth it. Interested? Get yours today (insert hyperlink).


We’re looking forward to this year’s tournament – not only for the great golf and for the opportunities we’ll have to build relationships with clients and potential clients – but we’re also excited about (hopefully) seeing year’s McGladrey Classic Sweepstakes winner Joe Wytanis around the course – and to hearing his take on his experiences at the tournament!

Have you purchased your tickets yet? If not, do it now and while you’re at it, check out some of the merchandise you could sport while on the island!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Special Invitation from Zach Johnson


This week’s post is by Team McGladrey Member, PGA TOUR professional and Sea Island resident Zach Johnson.

The 2014 McGladrey Classic is just a few short weeks away, and I’m stoked!

The McGladrey Classic is near-and-dear to my heart, not only because McGladrey is the title sponsor of this PGA TOUR event, but because the tournament is at my home of Sea Island, GA. I might be a little biased when I say that the Seaside Course is one of the most beautiful courses in the world. But I’m not the only one who thinks this is a special place. Sea Island’s The Lodge and The Cloister, were recently named two of the top five resorts in the Continental U.S. in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, and The Spa at Sea Island was ranked the No. 3 hotel spa in the country. Clearly, it’s a unique place! 

Another reason The McGladrey Classic is so special to me is because of the charitable donations raised through the tournament for local and national nonprofits focused on benefitting children and their families. Much like the game of golf, my friends with McGladrey have a strong focus on stewardship. Giving back to the communities where its employees live and work has been a core focus of McGladrey since the firm’s inception in 1926 – and it continues to be a strong focus to this day. During last year’s tournament alone, McGladrey employees and clients raised more than $430,000 for charitable organizations nationwide through their participation in The McGladrey Classic’s Birdies Fore Love program. They’re looking forward to doing even more this year!

Thanks, McGladrey, for your focus on the community, and for your love of golf. I look forward to seeing you and tens of thousands of golf enthusiasts at “my home” Oct. 20 – 26!