Thursday, April 30, 2015

Keep the Stewardship Tradition Going

This week Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson is in San Francisco for the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Match. Play started yesterday (Wed., April 29), and Zach had quite a day! Today, Zach tees off at 2 p.m., PT from tee No. 1.  Check out the shots the PGA TOUR shared of Zach making an impressive eagle and then another incredible shot at the 16th hole. Great job, Zach! Keep the momentum going!

Tomorrow (Fri., May 1) marks the 27th year of the annual Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia Giant Golf Tournament. The tournament is the club’s oldest fundraising event, and one of the longest running golf tournaments in the Golden Isles (home of The McGladrey Classic). If you live on or near Sea Island – or if you’re going to be in that “neck of the woods” for any other reason on May 1, come out for a day of fun and great food from Larry’s Giant Subs on the beautiful greens of the Jekyll Island Golf Course. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., ET; cost is $100 per person or $400 per team, and includes the tournament fee, shared cart fee, lunch, range balls and an after party. There will be hole contests and great door prizes, too. Learn more about this event here.  

And speaking of the Golden Isles, The Plantation Course at Sea Island Resort will make its PGA TOUR debut during the 2015 McGladrey Classic this fall. While the Seaside Course remains the headliner, Plantation enters the rotation to help a full field finish on time Thursday and Friday before the cut is made. Ranked by Plantation is ranked by Golf Magazine among the top 10 public golf courses in Georgia, so you’ll definitely want to check it out if you plan to join us for this year’s tournament in November (16-22).

That’s it for this week. Stop by every Thursday to hear the latest on Team McGladrey and the 2015 McGladrey Classic!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Let the Volunteering Begin!

This week, Team McGladrey Member Chris DiMarco is in New Orleans for the Zurich Classic. #DidYouKnow - This marks Chris’ 17th consecutive year of playing in this tournament! He is joined by a number of members of the extended McGladrey “family” – past McGladrey Classic winners Heath Slocum (2010), Ben Crane (2011), Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey (2012) and Robert Streb (2014).

Heath had an early start, teeing off at 7:20 a.m. CT from tee No. 10; Robert teed off shortly after at 7:40 a.m. from tee No. 1; Ben Crane was at 7:50 a.m. from tee No. 1; Chris teed off at 8:20 a.m. from tee No. 10; and Tommy is at 1:30 p.m. from tee No. 1. In preparation for this week’s tournament, the PGA TOUR shared its 10 most memorable “Animal Encounters on the PGA TOUR recently. Among the encounters: Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III found his inner “Crocodile Dundee” at the 2008 Zurich Classic. Hopefully, the members of the McGladrey family won’t run in to the same scaly visitor during this week’s play! Good luck this week, guys!

Each year, The McGladrey Classic requires the time and talent of approximately 1,200 volunteers to ensure players and golf enthusiasts have a first-class experience while at Sea Island. Returning volunteers can now register for this year’s event (Nov. 16-22). Didn’t have an opportunity support the tournament last year? No worries. Registration for new volunteers begins June 1.  To sign up, simply go to and enter a username and password.  You’ll then create a profile, then select and submit your top three committee choices. Below is a sneak peak at some of the areas where we can use your help:  
  • Admissions & Will Call: Sell tickets, check credentials, and greet spectators at tournament main entrance. Also distribute tickets and credentials left at Will Call.
  • Ambassadors: Act as on course greeters and ambassadors of our tournament and community. Work in small groups to assist our guests with questions/concerns. Positioned in Fan Village, Information Kiosks and high traffic areas. Need to be extremely familiar with course layout, venue locations, tournament schedule, etc.
  • Caddie Services: Duties include registration, bib distribution and collection, and maintenance of caddie area. Arrange for caddie bibs and towels to be washed daily if necessary.
  • Ecology - Thank you KBGIB: Responsible for collecting recyclable items and trash from the golf course, Wednesday, November 6 through Sunday, November 10, 2013.  The goal is to insure a clean site for the thousands of spectators and event participants.
  • Golf Channel & Sirius XM Radio: Assist The Golf Channel and XM Radio staff with various duties including carrying microphones, walking with groups to identify clubs being used, shuttling on-air talent around the course, etc. *PLEASE NOTE this committee is physically demanding.
  • Laser Operators: Assist PGA TOUR staff with the compilation of player statistics. Each hole will have several volunteers to track each player’s shot using lasers. Shifts vary according to tee times. In order to ensure proper coverage, volunteers are asked to commit to a full day of service and attend a training session.
  • Marshals: Provide gallery control for the tournament by monitoring all golf course crosswalks, tee boxes, greens, clubhouse, and practice areas.
  • Monster Board: Will operate a large scoreboard by the 18th green. Will be positioned off the ground and provide information easily viewable by spectators. The Monster Board will list the leaders and their status relative to par on a hole-by-hole basis.
  • On-Site Shuttles: Provide golf cart transportation for players and disabled guests to and from various areas.
  • Player & Pro-Am Registration: Responsibilities include registration of participants, golf bag organization, distribution of player gifts, other player assistance, etc.
  • Player Transportation: Coordinate and provide transportation for the players, families, and VIP’s throughout the tournament. Volunteers may be needed to pick up and drop off courtesy vehicles at various dealerships.
  • Practice Range: Assist players at the practice facility with all practice needs and supplies. Maintain inventory of name signs and place in appropriate locations next to players practicing to help spectators identify players. *PLEASE NOTE this committee is physically demanding.
  • Security Volunteers: Assist with checking tournament credentials at various locations on-site.
  • Standard Bearers: Walk with playing groups and display their scores in relation to par. Volunteers will need to walk 18 holes with their assigned groups. Shifts vary according to tee times. *PLEASE NOTE this committee is physically demanding.
  • Supply Distribution: Provide set-up, distribution and maintenance of beverages, snacks, and fruits to designated locations. Distribute spectator guides and pairing sheets to designated locations. *PLEASE NOTE this committee is physically demanding including heavy lifting.
  • Volunteer Headquarters: Assist with the maintenance and management of volunteer uniforms including inventory, distribution, and sales of additional items prior to and during tournament week. Assist with other various duties in volunteer headquarters including providing immediate/temporary support to other committees and areas as needed.
  • Walking Scorers: Communicate scores and statistics with a hand-held electronic device. Mandatory during the Pro-Am and a minimum of two (2) competitive rounds. Scorers are required to walk 18 holes. Training is required. *PLEASE NOTE this committee is physically demanding.
The volunteer registration fee is $80, and includes an exclusive package valued at more than $500. Each package includes one round of golf at Sea Island Golf Club (for anyone volunteering a minimum of 12 hours), two Good-Any-One-Day tickets to the tournament (good Thursday – Sunday), a POLO Golf Shirt and Outerwear piece, an Imperial golf cap or visor, a commemorative pin and a meal voucher for each shift worked.

Be sure to check back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and the 2015 McGladrey Classic.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Celebrating Good Times!

While some view the number 13 as unlucky, here at McGladrey, we think it’s a pretty  lucky number. Not only is it just two short days before the end of busy season for accountants, but April 13 is Team McGladrey Member and The McGladrey Classic Host Davis Love III’s birthday. We hope you had a wonderful day with family and friends, Davis – and that you have many more to come!

Last week’s Masters Tournament was a bit of a nail-biter. Those of us here at McGladrey would like to send a big CONGRATS to Jordan Spieth on his first major win last weekend (and he’s only 21 years old)! We’d also like to give a big thumbs up to Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson, who tied for ninth at the prestigious tournament! Great job, Zach! Your friends at McGladrey are very proud of you!  
This week, Zach is on the East Coast for the RBC Heritage tournament, which takes place in Hilton Head, SC. While the weather forecast for Hilton Head (and the entire East Coast, actually) is a bit “iffy” for the next several days, the company will be great. Zach is joined on the course by several familiar faces, including McGladrey Classic winners Ben Crane (2011), Chris Kirk (2013) and Robert Streb (2014). This is the first time since 2007 that Zach has played in this tournament. And based on the PGA TOUR’s power rankings, it just might be his year, as he’s ranked No. 1! Zach had an early tee time this morning at 8:10 a.m., ET, from tee  No. 10; Chris tees off at 12:20 p.m., from tee No. 1; and Robert and Ben are paired together teeing off at 12:30 p.m., from tee No. 1. Best of luck to all of “our guys” this weekend! Stay dry!
And if you’re looking for some good entertainment between rounds, check out this PGA TOUR video of ‘Good, Bad, and Unusual.’ Early on in the video, you’ll see an adorable little boy whose face lit up with a huge grin, after Davis gave him one of his golf balls from the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Shortly after (from the same tournament),  a great shot (and a little bit of luck from a slight  bounce) leads to Zach carding an albatross – exciting stuff! Watch it here.  
Check back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and the 2015 McGladrey Classic. It’s not even summer yet, but November will be here before we know it! We’re already looking forward to heading back to Sea Island…

Thursday, April 9, 2015

It’s a “Master-full” Week for the McGladrey Classic “Family”

One of the most prestigious golf tournaments kicks off this week – The Masters in Augusta. And we’re excited to see quite a few McGladrey Classic “family” members participating in this year’s tournament. Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson is in good company with past McGladrey Classic winners Ben Crane (2011), Chris Kirk (2013) and Robert Streb (2014).  This is the first Masters that Robert Streb will participate in, and he secured the spot with his win at last year’s McGladrey Classic! Boy are we proud!  

Teeing off this morning (Thurs., April 9), Ben started the day at 8:18 a.m. ET from tee #1; Robert tees off at 11:25 a.m. from tee #1; Zach tees at 12:09 p.m. from tee # 1; and Chris is at 12:31 p.m. from tee #1. Best of luck to all our “guys”!

Each year, Masters week brings about great articles, videos, shared memories and terrific photo ops from the players and fans. The Masters’ website posted an article about the famous Ike tree this week, which memorializes the old tree while introducing the new one being  grown which will eventually be planted on the grounds of Augusta National. In February 2014, a historic ice storm hit Georgia, causing extensive damage to the original tree. Now, its cross-section is in a glass-enclosed case and will be presented to the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas. To continue the Eisenhower Tree legend, two grafts and a seedling from the original tree were preserved – just another way the game of golf honors and preserves history. You can read the full article and view the related images and videos here 

Another great article released this week shares players’ first impressions of Augusta National. The PGA TOUR article features memories from our very own Zach and fellow Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III. Below are  their excerpts from the article. But you can also check out the entire article to read their first impressions from “our boys” and some of their fellow PGA TOUR professionals, including Webb Simpson, Billy Horschel and Rickie Fowler – just to name a few.  

ZACH JOHNSON: I was there as a spectator in 2001, when I was on the mini-tours. Vaughn Taylor is a good buddy and is from there. He had tickets. I remember walking the golf course, all 18 holes, basically twice that day. I know I saw Jose (Maria Olazabal) skipping shots off of the pond on 16. The Hooters Tour had a week off and we had been playing in the Carolinas. I didn’t get to play the golf course for the first time until Tuesday of tournament week (in 2005). I didn’t have an opportunity to go early. I was living in Orlando, and the week before I was the defending champion at the BellSouth, which was a 54-hole tournament that ended on Monday (because of weather). 

DAVIS LOVE III: We played when we were at Carolina. We won the Augusta tournament so we got to go a whole bunch of us and play. So that would have been 83-ish. Oh, we were a bunch of college kids. We were dumbfounded. I don't think I'd ever played greens that smooth or fairways that perfect. Back then it was, maybe, Muirfield, was the only place that was that good. So it was incredible. Scared to hit the ground. Scared to say the wrong thing but it was fun. That was a big goal of our team. We wanted to win that tournament so we could go play.

What’s your fondest memory of watching or even attending the Master’s? Share your memories here in the comment section!

We look forward to a great week of golf! Check back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and the 2015 McGladrey Classic (Nov. 16-22)!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Taking a Break But Not Slowing Down

Team McGladrey members are taking the week off of play, but that doesn’t mean they’re laying low. Earlier this week, Zach Johnson was featured in a Country Inns & Suites Talk of the Country series ‘Life on Tour with Zach Johnson – Part One.’ The article helps readers get to know Zach on a more personal level, asking questions about his childhood, what he studied in college, what made him most interested in golf, etc. It’s definitely worth the read! And if you’d like to do more reading, Sea Island magazine recently featured ‘Golf’s Evolution’ in the publication’s Sea Island Life issue. It’s a great read for some golf history. Check it out.

Also earlier this week, was an announcement that Davis Love III will miss two months of play due to foot surgery. Davis, all of your friends at McGladrey are wishing you a healthy and speedy recovery! If you’d like to share your get-well wishes, you can leave them here in the Comments section of our blog, and we’ll be happy to pass those along.  

If you live on or near St. Simons Island or if you plan to be there in early April, mark your calendars for DEMO DAY on Sat., April 4. You can test all the latest technology from the best manufacturers in golf and receive significant savings on the purchase of new clubs! Head out to the Golf Performance Center at Sea Island – activities are scheduled from 10am to 4pm, ET.

Be sure to check in next week to learn more about Team McGladrey and the 2015 McGladrey Classic (Nov. 16-22)!