Thursday, December 22, 2016

A look back...

2016 has nearly come and gone, and we, like many others, are reflecting on the year that’s nearly over. As we look back, we’re reminded of the many exciting and rewarding moments from Team RSM and the seventh annual RSM Classic. Here are Just a few:
  • Team RSM Member Davis Love III served as the 2016 Ryder Cup Captain for Team USA, with Team RSM Member Zach Johnson as a member of the team. The cherry on top: Team USA brought the trophy back to the U.S.
  • We added Andy Sullivan and Paul Lawrie to Team RSM due to their relationships with RSM UK.
  • We thanked the Sea Island community and Sea Island Golf Course employees who worked together tirelessly after Hurricane Matthews to restore the island – and the golf courses – to their former beauty, by donating  $10,000 to restoration efforts.  
  • More than 1,200 volunteers donated their time and talent to help make The RSM Classic a success by welcoming to PGA TOUR players, RSM guests and golf fans from around the world to beautiful Sea Island.
  • We welcomed Mackenzie Hughes to the RSM family, as the newest tournament champion, joining previous winners Kevin Kisner, Robert Streb, Chris Kirk, Tommy Gainey, Ben Crane and Heath Slocum. 
  • Through RSM’s Birdies Fore Love program and a match from the RSM US Foundation, RSM professionals, clients and friends raised $1.5 million for deserving children- and family-focused charitable organizations.
  • Our firm celebrated RSM’s 90th anniversary through an employee contest, which provided nine employees with $90,000 and nine paid days off to “pursue their passions”. Not surprisingly, all nine of the winning employees chose activities that allowed them to give back to the community, reflecting the same sense of stewardship that is at the core of the game of golf and The RSM Classic.   

The PGA TOUR is also pausing to remember some of the highlights from 2016, and recently shared three of their “Top 10” videos. You can check them out here:

Top 10 Shots on PGA TOUR IN 2016 [excluding majors]

Top 10 Ridiculous Moments on the PGA TOUR in 2016

Top Shots From the Bunker on the PGA TOUR in 2016

Before signing off, we want to wish our readers a wonderful and safe holiday and a happy and prosperous new year! We’ll be spending time with family and friends next week, so won’t be posting a golf blog update until the first week in January. See you in 2017!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Looking Ahead

Following The RSM Classic, the last tournament before the holiday break, the PGA TOUR is looking ahead to calendar year 2017. Team RSM Member Zach Johnson is featured in the video commenting about how it’s great to kick off the year in beautiful Hawaii for the SBS Tournament of Champions, followed by the Sony Open. Watch the video here.

After enjoying the morning festivities on Dec. 25, turn on NBC at 2:30pm ET to watch the PGA TOUR share its “Must-See Moments of the Year.” What moments do you think will make the list? Check out the preview below: 

Things are pretty calm for Team RSM and The RSM Classic heading into these last few weeks of 2016. Earlier this week, Team RSM Member Davis Love III chatted with CNN about this past year in golf and how 2017 will be even bigger. Watch the full interview:  

Be sure to stop by next week to learn the latest!  

Thursday, December 8, 2016

It’s (nearly) a wrap

This week’s Franklin Templeton Shootout marks the last PGA TOUR event of 2016. Team RSM Member Davis Love III was scheduled to play, but due to some lingering pain in his surgically repaired hip, he decided to withdraw and get a bit more rest.  2015 RSM Classic winner Kevin Kisner is participating and we wish him the best of luck; we hope he finishes the year strong!

It’s mindboggling how quickly the year has come and gone. Before we know it, we’ll begin the planning process for the eighth annual RSM Classic. If you haven’t heard already, the 2017 date has been selected. Mark your calendars for Nov. 13-19 and join us at beautiful Sea Island to experience the tournament first-hand.

If you have a few minutes and you missed last week’s update, we encourage you to take a look at that post for a look at a clip from the Sat., Nov. 19 Folds of Honor contest during tournament week. This was a new addition to the tournament this year, and supports our ongoing focus on stewardship. Giving back to the community is also one of the values we share with the game of golf – and one of the reasons we’re involved in the sport. We’re thankful to have the opportunity to give back to those in need around the country, and appreciate the platform that The RSM Classic and the Davis Love Foundation provide to expand our efforts.

Be sure to join us next week for the latest on Team RSM and The RSM Classic!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thankful for the Support

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and were able to spend some time with friends and family. RSM and The RSM Classic had a lot to be thankful for this past year. 2016 marked the one-year anniversary of our unified RSM global brand, which united fellow firms from 120 countries with 38,300 employees in the RSM International network under a common brand. It was also the firm’s 90th year of providing audit, tax and consulting services to the middle market, and providing meaningful careers for our loyal employees, some of whom helped celebrate this significant milestone through their generous stewardship efforts. And, it was the seventh year of The RSM Classic this year, where we welcomed Mackenzie Hughes to the RSM "family" as the winner of the 2016 tournament, following a nail-biting five-man playoff that carried the tournament into Monday. We are so grateful for the 1,200+ volunteers who help make The RSM Classic such a success each year.

One of the charitable components of The RSM Classic is Birdies Fore Love (BFL). Through BFL, thousands of RSM partners, employees, clients and friends donated to charitable organizations in 86 cities nationwide. With a match from the RSM US Foundation, we raised $1.5 million for deserving nonprofit organizations this year, bringing the total raised through the tournament to nearly $7 million to date! (We’ll share the “real” grand total raised through the tournament after the first of the year, when ALL donations have been tallied.) An addition to the tournament’s fundraising efforts this year was a $10,000 check presentation from the RSM US Foundation to Folds of Honor, a nonprofit which provides educational scholarships to the children and spouses of those killed or disabled while serving our nation. We are proud to support those served by Folds of Honor.
Now that the 2016 RSM Classic is behind us, we’re following Team RSM members as they move on to other activities. Zach Johnson is participating in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, where he teed off at 11:30 a.m. ET today (Dec. 1) from tee No. 1. Davis Love III might not be on the course this week but he’s in the headlines! USA Today’s Steve DiMeglio wrote an article about Davis’ role as the unofficial mayor of St. Simons and the positive impact he makes in the community. Check out this excerpt from the article:

“He is Sea Island golf. But he’s shown much more than that for this community,” said good friend and fellow major champion Zach Johnson of the community known as the Golden Isles that stretches 100 miles along the Atlantic coast and includes barrier islands of Sea, St. Simons, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll, as well as the mainland port of Brunswick.

“He’s a Hall of Fame guy in every sense, on and off the golf course,” Johnson added. “His résumé speaks for itself. But he’s more than a résumé.”

Quite an endorsement from a friend and fellow Sea Island resident! We’re proud that both Zach and Davis are members of Team RSM, along with Chris DiMarco, Paul Lawrie and Andy Sullivan.

Be sure to stop by next week to learn the latest on The RSM Classic and Team RSM. While next year’s tournament is a good way off (Nov. 13 – Nov. 19, 2017), we’ll continue to post weekly updates every Thursday.