Thursday, November 5, 2015

A Message from Zach Johnson


This week’s post is from PGA TOUR Professional and Team RSM Member Zach Johnson, winner of the 2015 Open Championship and resident of Sea Island, GA, home of The RSM Classic, formerly The McGladrey Classic). Adding to his impressive list of accomplishments, Zach, an Iowa native and Hawkeyes fan, joined the team recently as an honorary captain
Quite a few of your favorite golfers including Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and defending champion Bubba Watson, are playing this week in the WCG-HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China (Nov. 5 – 8). So while many eyes from the golf world are focused nearly 8,000 miles away, I’m already thinking about Sea Island because in a few short days, the eyes of the golf world will be focused on the island, as The RSM Classic tees off the week of Nov. 16.

It seems as if it was just yesterday that we excitedly gathered at beautiful Sea Island for the first ever McGladrey Classic in 2010. Fast forward five years, and we’re just as excitedly welcoming everyone back for the sixth annual event – one that has welcomed professional golf to the island, only enhancing the sentiment of Sea Island being a well-known and desirable golfing destination.

And this year is just as special as the first. To begin, there are lots of changes underway for this year’s tournament, including the expansion to two courses (Seaside and Plantation), a performance by country music great Martina McBride (on a new night – Saturday rather than Wednesday – of the tournament and at a different venue – McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport this year) and a name change. When golf fans arrive at Sea Island later this month, they’ll see new signs welcoming them to The RSM Classic. The name change mirrors our title sponsor’s new brand, which better reflects RSM US LLP’s global reach in serving middle market clients. 

This tournament is special – not just because it’s “at home” for me, but because, through the event, hundreds of thousands of dollars are raised for national and local charitable organizations. In fact, the 2014 tournament raised more than $930,000, bringing the five-year total raised for children- and family-focused charitable organizations to more than $2.7 million.

I’m proud to be a part of The RSM Classic, and to wear the RSM logo, and I hope to see you at Sea Island later this month!

You can follow Zach on Twitter: @ZachJohnsonPGA.