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.
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Team McGladrey and the 2015 McGladrey Classic (Nov.