Thursday, December 21, 2017

Reflections

As the year winds down, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on just a few of the main highlights over the past 12 months!
  • We welcomed Austin Cook as the newest member of the RSM “family” after he won the eighth RSM Classic in November.
  • More than 1,100 volunteers donated their time and talents to help make the 2017 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 Todd Thompson as our tournament director.
  • We celebrated Team RSM Member Davis Love III as he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.  
  • We added quite a few new members to Team RSM: Dru Love, Paul Waring and Hinrich Arkenau
§  RSM employees, partners, principals, clients and friends raised more than $2 million for local and national charitable organizations aligned with the RSM US Foundation’s mission to build tomorrow’s middle market leaders through our Birdies Fore Love program. To date, The RSM Classic has raised more than $9 million for local and national charitable organizations that support children and their families. That number increases each year through our employee-led Birdies Fore Love program.
§  We thanked the Sea Island community and Sea Island Golf Course employees who worked together tirelessly after Hurricane Irma to restore the island – and the golf courses – to their former beauty.   
§  Sea Island, home to The RSM Classic, received some incredible recognitions this year:  U.S. News released itsBest Hotels in the USA,’ and Sea Island Resorts – The Lodge and The Cloister – took the top two spots for the best in Georgia! On the overall list of the best in the USA, The Lodge ranked No. 5, and The Cloister ranked No. 55. Forbes recognized Sea Island Resorts with four Five-Star awards! Five-Star Hotels: The Cloister and The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club; Five-Star Restaurants: Georgian Room; Five-Star Spas: The Spa at Sea Island; and Recommend Restaurants: Colt & Alison
 
This will be our last post of 2017, as many of us here at RSM US LLP are taking time off over the next two weeks to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year. Thank you for your continued support of Team RSM and The RSM Classic. Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy and prosperous 2018! 
 

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Another Thankful Year


In what seems like the blink of an eye, the 2017 RSM Classic has come and gone! It was another wonderful year full of new memories, winners and giving! We have so much to be proud about in this season of thanks and giving.
 
What makes our tournament so unique? It’s the southern hospitlaity and environment of Sea Island. To the 1,100 volunteers who give their time and talents to the tournament each year, we are so grateful for your time and warm welcome each year.   To the staff at The Lodge and The Cloister, we appreciate your making sure that our guests feel at home and that their needs are met while they’re on the island. And to our Team RSM Members who joined us at Sea Island, Davis Love III, Zach Johnson, Chris DiMarco and Dru Love, thank you for taking the time to connect with our guests and for giving them a special experience. 
 
In addition, it was an incredible year on the ‘giving’ side. There are no words to express how much our people, clients and friends amaze us each year by showing what stewardship is all about. RSM was pleased to present the Davis Love Foundation with a check for $2,035,206 as a result of the firm’s employee-led Birdies Fore Love (BFL) campaign in connection with this year’s tournament.
 
 








Also during this year’s tournament, RSM presented a check for $10,000 to Folds of Honor, a national nonprofit focused on providing educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.

“Having Folds of Honor as an integral part of this year’s tournament was a privilege,” said Bill Gorman, chief operating officer for RSM US LLP. “As the child of a military family, I understand the sacrifices made by those who serve, as well their families. Our Stars and Stripes employee network group, along with the rest of RSM’s 9,000 people, take great pride in supporting our nation’s veterans, and are humbled to be able to support the families of those who have been injured or lost their lives while serving our country.”  
 
Proceeds from this year's RSM Classic will benefit Special Olympics, the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia and other national and local charitable organizations aligned with the RSM US Foundation’s mission of building tomorrow’s middle market leaders by supporting organizations committed to providing a more stable environment for youth in the areas of education, hunger, housing and health as well as the mission of the Davis Love Foundation to benefit children and their families.
 
Check back next week for more updates on Team RSM, The RSM Classic and other golf-related news. And go ahead and mark your calendar now for next year’s RSM Classic, which will be held Nov. 12-18, 2018.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The RSM Classic: The Best of Golf, and More

 
Today’s update is from Alissa Hatch, who is based out of RSM’s San Antonio office. Alissa had the opportunity to visit Sea Island for The RSM Classic this year, as a result of her leadership role in raising charitable funds for deserving children- and family-focused nonprofits through the firm’s Birdies Fore Love initiative. Read Alissa’s  first-hand account about her time at the 2017 RSM Classic below.

I had a wonderfully unique experience at The RSM Classic. My husband and I were given true VIP treatment as RSM guests, with beautiful accommodations at The Cloister and access to the RSM chalet with a perfect view of the 18th hole. I was impressed by how the tournament, and all the planning ran like clockwork.
 
The highlight for us on Saturday was attending the Jake Owen concert.  We entered from backstage, and had a VIP section right in front of the stage. 
 
After walking around the course a bit on Sunday, we returned to the RSM chalet to follow the final players as they completed their rounds at the 18th. We had the absolute best view as Gay made his eagle shot from over 100 yards. Our excitement was still high when soon after Cook made his winning shot.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to have  attended The RSM Classic.

A North Carolinian’s Perspective on The RSM Classic


Today’s update is from Rob Gottschalk, who is based out of RSM’s Rocky Mount, NC office. Rob had the opportunity to visit Sea Island for The RSM Classic this year, as a result of his leadership role in raising charitable funds for deserving children- and family-focused nonprofits through the firm’s Birdies Fore Love initiative. Read Rob’s first-hand account about his time at the 2017 RSM Classic below.

Due to the charitable efforts of all the employees in RSM’s Rocky Mount, NC office for the 2017 Birdies Fore Love program, my wife Lauren and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend The RSM Classic in Sea Island, GA.

From our first steps off the plane in Savannah, GA, we were greeted by a friendly face and have had a wonderul experience ever since. From the beautiful Cloister hotel with its charming, overgrown Oak trees to the friendly, smiling RSM representatives; it has definitely been an experience to be thankful for. Besides the gorgeous hotel and beautiful grounds, we were immediately taken aback by all the RSM signage and memorabilia. Our favorite were the floating RSM sign at the 18th hole and the “RSM Classic” carved into the hedging by the lighthouse. Walking around the tournament itself was quite impressive. Each friendly greeting and smiling face made you feel as if you were surrounded by old friends.

Saturday night, my wife and I had the opportunity to attend the Jake Owen concert at the McKinnon Airport. Before the main event, we networked with clients, partners and guests, and discussed stewardship at RSM. The stewardship culture and charitable programs RSM inspires is very much rooted into the nature of our business and the service we provide our clients.

The main event, Jake Owen, is definitely not something to overlook. Being front row at a private concert was quite a memorable occasion. The band was incredible, the music was fun, and Jake Owen was a blast to watch. I love how he recognized our troops and the devastating event in Las Vegas, and how he and talked about family and cherishing the special moments we have with each other.

Today, we enjoyed watching the last day of the tournament from the comforts of the RSM chalet. My wife and I walked around some of the course and had a chance to see the players tee off at various holes. We also enjoyed shopping at the official merchandise tent before heading back to the chalet to see the exciting end to the 2017 RSM Classic.

I am pleased to be an employee of a company, such as RSM, that has partnered with the Davis Love Foundation and raised more than $9 million for local communities and charities. The stewardship that is embedded into the culture at RSM is something that I am very proud to be a part of.  One of the highlights of the trip was having the opportunity to mingle with the people responsible for running this firm and putting together such wonderful events. I feel lucky to have been chosen to represent our Rocky Mount office, and look forward to bringing these memories back to the office to share with my fellow colleagues. I hope I will get to enjoy The RSM Classic again in the future because that’s exactly what this event is, a classic – timeless, and truly a ladies and gentlemen’s occasion.

Being part of a company that cares about its employees, its clients, and those in need has truly been an extraordinary experience over the past four years since I’ve been with RSM, and I look forward to continuing my future with the firm.  

Thank you Rocky Mount, NC RSM Office!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Winding Down


The final wave of RSM guests began arriving on Sea Island yesterday (Fri., Nov. 17), and wrapped up the second round of The RSM Classic with an evening reception at The Cloister.

A few highlights from the day – in addition to the world-class golf, of course – included guest appearances on Sirius XM Radio with RSM US LLP COO Bill Gorman and CMO Andy Bosman. Jamie Burgess – partner, Risk Advisory Services in RSM’s Jacksonville office, made a guest appearance on Coastal Living News, and Andy also made a morning appearance on Back 9 Boys Saturday morning. One of the common themes from each of these conversations: the fact that stewardship is such an integral part of the game of golf and of RSM. It’s one of the core values RSM and the game share. Others include respect, integrity, teamwork and excellence.
 
This morning (Sat., Nov. 18) featured a Folds of Honor Million Dollar Challenge on Hole 1 of the Plantation course, beginning at 8 a.m. Thirteen finalists will compete on the 18th hole of Seaside immediately following play this afternoon, just before a concert by country music star Jake Owen this evening at McKinnon Airport. Why thirteen finalists? Thirteen is the number of folds in the American flag when it’s presented to family members of fallen veterans.

Check back tomorrow for another update from beautiful Sea Island, home of The RSM Classic.  

Friday, November 17, 2017

The RSM Classic Annual Putting Tournament


The RSM Classic: Golfing Fore A Cause


Today’s update is from Bailey Kosiek, a talent management senior associate based out of the firm’s Minneapolis office. Bailey had the opportunity to visit Sea Island for The RSM Classic this year, as a result of her national co-leadership role in raising charitable funds through the firm’s Birdies Fore Love initiative. Read Baileys first-hand account about her time at the 2017 RSM Classic below.

To say this week has been incredible would be an understatement! I’ve had the privilege to visit Sea Island with my husband Kevin this year, as a result of my national co-leadership role with Birdies Fore Love, and it’s been nothing short of amazing since the moment we set foot in Georgia!

We arrived Tuesday to sunny skies and beautiful weather. Upon entering the hotel property, we were greeted with RSM everywhere we looked! It was so fun to see the grounds transformed into a whole world of RSM. We knew it was going to be a special night for us, so we toured the property and headed over to Davis and Robin Love’s home for the Yamaha Pro-Am Draw Party. It was at this event where John Davitt (RSM’s national Birdies Fore Love leader) and I had the pleasure of presenting the RSM US Foundation’s Birdies Fore Love check for more than $2 million to the Davis Love Foundation! It was such a humbling experience to have served as a 2017 co-leader, and one that I will never forget. To know the impact this will have on the communities where RSM employees, partners and friends live and work is something that is truly special.

Wednesday was a day full of anticipation of the tournament! John and I were interviewed by Matt Adams from The Golf Channel and Sirius XM Radio on our fundraising efforts around Birdies Fore Love – live on the radio! That was something I’d never done before, and boy was it fun! From there, we were able to walk the courses, watch some of the Pro-Am, and cheer on the Special Olympics and Boys & Girls Club representatives at the charity putting event before the evening reception. At this reception, we got to mingle with clients, friends, and guests before a private performance by Jake Owen! How we made it to the front row is beyond me, but that’s quite a way to watch a live performance!

 
Our last full day in Sea Island was the opening round of the 2017 RSM Classic. We watched groups tee off in the morning, shopped at the merchandise tent for our RSM Classic gear and got to watch groups wrap up at the 18th green in the RSM Hospitality Chalet. We even had the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes with the Golf Channel to see how the “magic” happens on TV!. I have a new-found appreciation for television production! We concluded the evening with a reception to recognize clients, guests and the work we’ve done for Birdies Fore Love. It was a fun evening!

As we head out today, I have the opportunity to reflect on the week spent in paradise… Not only did I get to witness some fun golf, spoil myself at the spa, and enjoy the sunshine, but I also got to play a small part in transforming the lives of youth in our communities because of the people of RSM’s generosity and commitment to stewardship. I can’t wait to see what we can do next year!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

RSM and the game of golf share many of the same core values, including stewardship.


#RSMGivesThanks at the 2017 RSM Classic


Sharing the “Love” at the 2017 RSM Classic


Today’s update is from Daniel Koehl, who is based out of RSM’s San Antonio office. Daniel had the opportunity to visit Sea Island for The RSM Classic this year, as a result of his leadership role in raising charitable funds through the firm’s Birdies Fore Love initiative. Read John’s first-hand account about his time at the 2017 RSM Classic below.
 
As a result of RSM’s San Antonio office’s Birdies Fore Love fundraising efforts to benefit children- and family-focused charitable organizations nationwide, one lucky person from our office was chosen at random to attend the 2017 RSM Classic.  As someone who has never won anything in his life, you can imagine my surprise when I received word that I had been selected as the winner! My wife Lindsey and I were soon whisked away to the luxurious grounds of the Cloister resort at Sea Island, GA. The Cloister is routinely rated as a five-star resort, so it goes without saying that the facility and its amenities were second-to-none. Once we got over the initial awe, we were taken to the grounds of the Seaside and Plantation golf courses, where The RSM Classic golf tournament is played. The course was in magnificent shape, and everywhere you looked there was either RSM signage of some sort or an RSM employee offering a warm greeting and responses to whatever questions.   
 

The highlight of our stay was being recognized by RSM Managing Partner and CEO Joe Adams in front of a large group of RSM onlookers shortly before getting to meet, and take a picture with, Team RSM Member and professional golfer Zach Johnson who is also a Masters and British Open Champion, as well as a well-known family man and all around class act. Zach is a great representative of RSM, as he embodies so many of the qualities we pride ourselves on as a firm, including respect, integrity, teamwork, excellence and stewardship. It really was an honor to meet him, and I will certainly be rooting for him in this week’s tournament and beyond. 

We were also fortunate enough to attend the Yamaha Pro-Am Draw Party at the Sea Island home of Team RSM Member Davis Love III and his wife Robin. Davis is a World Golf Hall of Famer, a PGA Championship winner, and former Ryder Cup player and captain. I could go on and on listing all of the accolades he has garnered throughout his career. Just as noteworthy as these on-the-course accomplishments is the work he’s done with the Davis Love Foundation. It was a very special moment to witness the RSM leadership personally hand Davis a check made out to his foundation for an amount in excess of $2 million! 
 
Lindsey and I had a fabulous time and are so thankful to have been included in this fantastic week-long event. I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge my San Antonio office cohorts and partner group for making our office one of the top fundraisers out of RSM’s 90 offices nationwide. Everyone in our office contributed to Birdies Fore Love. I am so thankful to be a part of the RSM team here in San Antonio, where our leadership group has always recognized the value of giving back to our local community, and have always set the tone for the rest of the team with their generous giving year after year.   

Thank you RSM, San Antonio!    

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

#RSMGivesThanks


Today’s update is from John Davitt, a tax supervisor based out of RSM’s Rockford, IL office. John had the opportunity to visit Sea Island for The RSM Classic this year, as a result of his leadership role in raising charitable funds through the firm’s Birdies Fore Love initiative. Read John’s first-hand account about his time at the 2017 RSM Classic below.  

Tues., Nov. 14 was a terrific day at The RSM Classic. This year, my wife Alison and I had the opportunity to attend the tournament, and it has been an experience we will never forget. Welcomed by a fresh sea breeze and friendly RSM representatives, we settled into our hotel and explored the beautiful property.  On Tuesday, excitement was building onsite as PGA TOUR professionals played practice rounds on the course.  In addition, our 2017 Birdies Fore Love program was coming to its completion as we were ready to announce this year’s program fundraising results.
Last night, my wife and I had the opportunity to attend the Pro-Am Player pairing party at Davis and Robin Love’s home and celebrate the success of the 2017 Birdies Fore Love program. This year, RSM’s Birdies Fore Love program raised more than $2 million for charity.  As the 2017 Birdies Fore Love co-leader, I am deeply proud and taken aback by the generosity of RSM’s network of donors. These donations will directly impact over 70 local charities and communities in which RSM’s employees live and work. Giving back to the community is a long-standing tradition at RSM, and has gained success as we have partnered with the Davis Love Foundation through The RSM Classic. As a result, more than $9 million has been raised for local communities, and this stewardship has been woven into the very culture of RSM.
The highlight of the night was having the opportunity to join Davis and Robin Love, Joe Adams, Bailey Kosiek and Doug Opheim on stage to present the $2 million check for Birdies Fore Love charities. Shortly after, we had the opportunity to network with clients, partners and guests and discuss stewardship at RSM.  I truly believe that the stewardship culture at RSM transcends charitable programs and is woven into the very nature of our client service.  We look forward to additional stewardship events this week as we participate in the charity putting competition and Folds of Honor events.
Every year, RSM puts on a first class event and creates a stage to share the wonderful stewardship activities and impact it has on communities around the country.

Read news releases from the 2017 RSM Classic:

RSM Donates $2+ Million Through Birdies Fore Love

RSM Commissions Renowned Artist Linda Hartough for The RSM Classic

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Nothing But Classic


Today’s update is from Jada Pittman, who works out of RSM’s Birmingham office had the opportunity to visit Sea Island for The RSM Classic this year, as a result of her leadership role in raising charitable funds through the firm’s Birdies Fore Love initiative. Read Jada’s first-hand account about her time at The RSM Classic below.
 Spectacular! That’s how I would describe Sea Island. It is simply stunning. We flew into Jacksonville, FL, which was about an hour and 15 minutes from the resort. Our driver, Todd with his stories about gold and pirates on the island made it an interesting ride, and the time in the car flew by. Before I even realized it, we were pulling up to The Cloister at Sea Island where we were greeted by the lovely staff and by RSM employees.
 

I am here because my office in Birmingham, AL, raised more than $60,000 for Birdies Fore Love. I’ve been with RSM one month shy of a year, and this was my first time fundraising for this program but it certainly won’t be my last! I worked with a great team, and together we collectively came up with the charity that we wanted to sponsor, as well as fundraising ideas for our office. We made sure that our employees had a great time raising money for a great cause. This experience would not have been possible without them!

This is also my first year at The RSM Classic. I am in awe of the aura and ambiance of this place, but more so the people who occupy the space. RSM truly has the best group of people to work with. From my home office, to here and during my tenure at the firm, I’ve met wonderful people and it’s truly a blessing to be a part of this firm. It was a pleasure to meet Joe Adams, our managing partner and CEO, although he totally took me by surprise when he called me and Daniel Koehl of the San Antonio office to the front during the reception to congratulate us on our efforts. Everyone here has been a delight, and I am looking forward to walking the grounds and experiencing more of what Sea Island and The RSM Classic have to offer.  

The RSM Classic couldn’t have a better name because that is exactly what it is, classic. Timeless. Beautiful.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Teeing Up the 2017 RSM Classic


We’re teeing off The RSM Classic today here at beautiful Sea Island, GA! This is the eighth year of this PGA TOUR tournament, which has become one of the premier stops on the TOUR each year.

This year’s first event was a BMW Pro-Am Draw party yesterday evening at the Lodge, where Team RSM Member and 2017 Golf Hall of Fame Inductee Davis Love III welcomed RSM leaders and other guests, who gathered for the welcoming reception.
 
Today marks the first official day of this year’s tournament, with practice rounds taking place throughout the day, followed by an evening reception for RSM International guests, and culminating with an RSM reception at the Spanish Lounge at the Cloister. Special guest and Team RSM Member Zach Johnson will address the crowd this evening.

Check back daily throughout the week for regular updates from RSM Birdies Fore Love representatives and others during the 2017 RSM Classic.
 
It’s going to be a wonderful week at Sea Island!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Guest Post from Davis Love III

This week’s update is from PGA TOUR professional, 2017 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee and Team RSM Member Davis Love III, who is also a resident of Sea Island, Georgia – home of The RSM Classic.

“Welcome home!” That’s the way visitors to Sea Island Resort are greeted when they arrive. And Sea Island does, indeed, feel like home – regardless of whether you live here, as fellow Team RSM Member Zach Johnson and I do, or if you’re just visiting. The staff at Sea Island focuses on making every person feel as if they’re returning home – to a place that’s comforting and always welcoming. And that’s a feeling that many of us here on the island strive to create, as well. That’s just one thing that makes Sea Island so unique. There are many. And one is The RSM Classic, which in my opinion, is one of the best events on the PGA TOUR.

The RSM Classic, sponsored by RSM US LLP (“RSM”), started here at Sea Island in 2010, and we’re now celebrating our eighth year. Every year, I’m honored to serve as host for the tournament, and it’s truly one of the highlights of my year each year. Not only do I get to play and help showcase the beautiful courses here on the island, but I get to welcome golf fans to a place that I’m proud to call my home. I look forward to taking in some great entertainment and meeting some of the volunteers who make the tournament a success year-after-year.

The highlight of the week for me, though, is all of the good that comes out of the tournament. Each year, The RSM Classic raises funds for deserving local and national charitable organizations focused on children and families. Last year alone, the tournament raised $2.2 million, bringing the grand total raised through the tournament since its inception in 2010 to more than $7 million. I’m humbled to be a part of something like this that helps those in need, and appreciate the fact that RSM shares that desire to give back to the communities where their people live and work.
I hope you’ll join me at Sea Island for The RSM Classic Nov. 13-19. We have much to be thankful for this year. I and the rest of us Sea Island residents would like to “welcome you home” to celebrate together.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

A Guest Post from Zach Johnson


This week’s update is from PGA TOUR professional and Team RSM Member Zach Johnson, who is also a resident of Sea Island, Georgia – home of The RSM Classic.

It’s hard to believe The RSM Classic is just two weeks away. I’m looking forward to seeing many of my golfing buddies here on St. Simons, and to welcome all the golf fans who will be here to witness some of the most scenic golf on TOUR.
Sea Island is a special place – not only is it my home, but the island’s natural beauty, welcoming people and, of course, the world-class golf courses make the experience second to none! Each year, it’s a thrill to welcome newcomers, returning golf fans and my friends from RSM to the island, and this year will be no exception. Hurricane Irma left the island a bit bruised, but the courses are looking good, and will be ready for the spotlight!
This year’s tournament is scheduled for Nov. 13 to 19 – the week before Thanksgiving, offering the perfect opportunity to break away before the busy holiday season. There will be activities designed to support local and national charities throughout tournament week too, giving visitors a great opportunity to support those in need.
I hope you’ll join us for the eighth year of The RSM Classic!  

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The RSM Classic – Just Days Away…


We’re just a few more check marks off the calendar until we are on-the- ground at Sea Island for the 2017 RSM Classic! Gearing up for tournament week, FORE Georgia spoke with our new RSM Classic Tournament Director Todd Thompson about his new role and the activities that’ll be going on during tournament week. Read the full article here.   

And speaking of tournament week… you still have time to purchase tickets! Explore the beauty of Sea Island Golf Club, while watching some of the world’s most elite golfers with these affordable ticket options. Grounds tickets include access to the grounds of Sea Island Golf Club, complimentary parking and shuttle fees from the tournament, designated parking area at McKinnon/St. Simons Island Airport; and there’s free admission for youth 17 and under when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Check out our various options. And if you’re in town on Sat., Nov. 18, be sure to join us for the Jake Owen concert! Purchase your tickets here.
 
It’s a pretty full house of RSM “family” this week in Mississippi. Team RSM members Davis Love III and his son Dru Love are playing in the Sanderson Farms Championship, along with past RSM Classic champions Heath Slocum (2010), Ben Crane (2011), Tommy Gainey (2012), and Chris Kirk (2013). Best of luck to everyone this week!
In other Team RSM news, Golfweek.com shared a moving article that included Zach Johnson. Make-A-Wish and Topgolf connected with Zach to help make a six-year-old boy’s dreams come true. Not only will Jaxon get to play his love of golf each day with his new putting green in the family’s backyard, but he’ll also ride along with Zach in his golf cart during tournament week of the 2018 John Deere Classic! It’s a fantastic read that can be found here.

Be sure to stop by next week as we have a special guest sharing a blog!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Million Dollar Shot


This week, Team RSM Member Davis Love III is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the CIMB Classic. Also playing are past RSM Classic winners Ben Crane (2011) and Robert Streb (2014). Davis started from tee No. 10 at 8:30 a.m.; not too far behind was Ben at 9:10 a.m. from tee No. 1; and Robert teed off at 10:00 a.m. from tee No. 10. Best of luck to these guys this week!
 
We are now one month away from teeing things up at beautiful Sea Island for the 2017 RSM Classic! Did you know that every year during tournament week, we dedicate the Saturday of play as Military Appreciation Day? The RSM Classic salutes the men and women who serve and who have served in our armed forces. Learn how The RSM Classic supports the military here.
 
In conjunction, we are excited to offer the Folds of Honor Million Dollar Challenge, presented by Bridgestone, to all fans attending The RSM Classic on Sat., Nov. 18, the opportunity to test their golf skills and possibly win $1 Million Dollars – all while raising funds for The Folds of Honor Foundation.  Participants will compete in a “Closest to the Pin” contest, with 13 finalists qualifying for a one-shot Challenge Round, immediately following the third round of The RSM Classic. The finalist who hits his/her shot closes- to-the pin will win a grand prize package; a hole-in-one is worth $1 million!
 

 
QUALIFYING ROUND
When:  Qualifying will be on Sat., Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where:  #1 Fairway on the Plantation Course at Sea Island Golf Club
Distance:  Approximately 125 yards
Details:  Participants will receive two shots with a $20 donation to The Folds of Honor Foundation.  Nine “Closest to the Pin” qualifiers and four participants chosen-at-large will qualify to compete in the Challenge Round. 
MILLION DOLLAR SHOOTOUT
When:  Immediately following the third round of The RSM Classic
Where:  Seaside Course (Hole TBD)
Distance:  Approximately 175 yards
Details:  Each of the 13 finalists will have one shot. The “Closest to the Pin” will win a Grand Prize Package and a hole-in-one during the Shootout will win $1 million*!

* $500,000 paid to the individual who makes a “Hole-In-One” paid in a 40-year annuity and $500,000 donated to The Folds of Honor Foundation. 
 
Check back next week for more updates on Team RSM, The RSM Classic and other golf-related news.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Memory of a LIfetime


Last week was one for the books for Team RSM Member Davis Love III. On Tues., Sept. 26, Davis was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. “Golf has improved my life in every way,” said Davis. “This induction is the greatest honor of my life.” If you missed his speech, you can watch the video below.

 
 
Kicking off the new season this week is the Safeway Open. Playing in Napa, CA is Team RSM Member Zach Johnson, along with past RSM Classic winners Ben Crane (2011), Chris Kirk (2013) and Mackenzie Hughes (2016). Mackenzie started his day at 7:40 a.m. PT; shortly after was Zach at 7:50 a.m.; right behind at 8:00 a.m. was Ben; and Chris tees off at 12:40 p.m. Each player will tee off hole No. 10. Best of luck to all “our guys”.
 
We’re just over a month away from  the start of the eighth annual RSM Classic (Nov. 13-19, 2017). With the clock ticking, time is running out to purchase your tickets! Check the schedule of events below to see what you want to attend.
 
MONDAY
          GROUNDS CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
          The BMW Pro-Am Event — Seaside Course
          Practice rounds for PGA TOUR Players — All Day

TUESDAY
          GROUNDS CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
          Practice rounds for PGA TOUR Players — All Day
          Wiffle Ball Classic ft. PGA TOUR Players and Wives — FREE to the public, Frederica Academy Baseball Field, 5pm
          Meet the Pros hosted by Rotary Club of St Simons Island — Mizner Ballroom at The Cloister, 6pm

WEDNESDAY
          Community Day — FREE admission to the general public
          Gates open at approx. 7am
          The Yamaha Pro-Am Event — located on Seaside and Plantation Courses
          Youth Golf Zone sponsored by Southeast Georgia Health System featuring PGA TOUR Players — Sea Island Golf Performance Center Practice Putting Green, 3pm

THURSDAY
          Gates open at approx. 9am
          Round 1 of The RSM Classic (Seaside and Plantation Courses) — tee times TBD

FRIDAY
          Gates open at approx. 9am
          Round 2 of The RSM Classic (Seaside and Plantation Courses) — tee times TBD
          Taste of the Golden Isles Food & Spirits Event at the Casino Building in Pier Village featuring live music from Suzy and the Bird Dogs, 5pm

SATURDAY
          Military Appreciation Day
          Bridgestone Folds of Honor Million Dollar Challenge — located near the main entrance
          Gates open at approx. 9am
          Round 3 of The RSM Classic (Seaside Course only) — tee times TBD
          The RSM Concert Event sponsored by Southeast Georgia Health System — located at McKinnon/St Simons Island Airport (JAKE OWEN at 7 p.m. ET)
 
SUNDAY
          Gates open at approx. 9am
          Final Round of The RSM Classic (Seaside Course only) — tee times TBD
          Trophy Presentation on the 18th green immediately following the completion of play
 

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