Thursday, November 20, 2014

For the Love of Golf


This week’s update is from Mary Anne Burke, a McGladrey employee and repeat volunteer for The McGladrey Classic. We appreciate Mary Anne sharing her first-hand account of this year’s McGladrey Classic, and we hope you will enjoy her perspective on the tournament and the importance of giving back to the community.


Each year, about 1,200 volunteers give their time to help make The McGladrey Classic a success. I, along with others who volunteer at this PGA TOUR event, do so for the love of McGladrey and the game of golf. These fall days of the tournament are fun-filled days for golf fans, from sun up to sun down. I, like many others, was a repeat volunteer this year, and I saw a lot of familiar, friendly faces on and around the course. Volunteering at The McGladrey Classic is a wonderful experience. I saw first-hand the abundance of community support and I was able to witness the behind-the-scenes work of dedicated professionals who work year round to make this event a success.  As an employee of McGladrey, I was pleased to volunteer and share my time to help make this event a success. Being able to give back gives me such pride and volunteering at The McGladrey Classic allows me that pleasure.

Nearly all of the volunteers you saw during this year’s tournament put in long hours and demonstrated their dedication and love to the game of golf. This was my fourth year as a volunteer so I was happy to re-enlist, and I plan to volunteer again next year!  It’s a fun way to give back and interact with spectators and players, all while seeing great golf first-hand. And as a volunteer, you know that your work is integral to the efficient running of the tournament.

This year, I found myself with the volunteer assignment as a marshal on the first hole. This was a great (and lucky) assignment. I was surrounded by like-minded golf fans that were happy to share the experience of being on the course at Sea Island. I learned a lot from my fellow volunteers. They were an ambitious group, with phenomenal dedication.  Everyone was pulling multiple shifts, consecutive days in a row. Volunteers came from all over the world, and many of us got up early each morning to take advantage of the beautiful sunrises on the island. The sunsets were spectacular, as well, making it well worth every ounce of energy we put forth during the tournament. In fact, there is no better way to enjoy a golf tournament, in my mind, than to volunteer, as it gives you a chance to see all the action up-close and personal.

At McGladrey, we use the game of golf as a metaphor for the way we do business with our clients. Just as a professional golfer’s caddy must truly understand his or her game to provide them with the best possible advice, we must truly understand our clients to provide them with the best possible services to help them succeed. Not only do our clients and employees understand the “power of being understood,” but I can vouch for the hundreds of volunteers for The McGladrey Classic by saying that they whole-heartily understand this as well!

Volunteering is a great way to give back when you have received so much. If you’re interested in volunteering for next year’s McGladrey Classic, you can learn more via the tournament website.

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Next Tues., Nov. 25, tune in to The Golf Channel at 10 p.m. EST to see Team McGladrey member Zach Johnson be interviewed by David Feherty.  You might recognize some of the beautiful scenic views in the background – as the interview took place on Sea Island!

Next week, we’ll be taking a break to spend time with family and friends in observance of Thanksgiving. We hope you’ll enjoy your holiday, and be sure to check back on Thurs., Dec. 4 for our next update.