Thursday, January 18, 2018

A New Member and Supporting Good Causes


Earlier this week, RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – sponsor of The RSM Classic – announced the addition of Chris Kirk, PGA TOUR professional and winner of the 2013 RSM Classic, to Team RSM. Kirk, a native of Atlanta and a former resident of Sea Island, home of The RSM Classic, claimed his first PGA TOUR victory at the Viking Classic (now the Sanderson Farms Championship) in 2011 and claimed the second of his four PGA TOUR victories at The RSM Classic in 2013. Most recently, he took home the trophy at the 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

“The game of golf and RSM have a lot of common, including our core values of respect, integrity, teamwork, excellence and stewardship. Over the past four years we have had an opportunity to get to know Chris and Tahnee, and we couldn’t be more excited to have the Kirk family as part of Team RSM. Chris’s passion for his family, his community and for the game of golf make him a great fit not only with RSM, but with the other members of Team RSM, as well.”  – Andy Bosman, chief marketing officer with RSM US LLP
 
This week on the golf course, Team RSM members Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk are playing in the Career Builder Challenge. Joining in the fun at La Quinta, CA for the tournament are past RSM Classic winners Ben Crane (2011), Kevin Kisner (2015), Mac Hughes (2016), and Austin Cook (2017). Below are their tee times for Thurs., Jan. 18:
 
PLAYER
TEE #
TEE TIME (PST)
COURSE
Zach Johnson
1
9:10 a.m.
La Quinta Country Club
Chris Kirk
10
10:10 a.m.
La Quinta Country Club
Austin Cook
1
9:40 a.m.
Nicklaus Tournament
Mac Hughes
1
9:40 a.m.
Nicklaus Tournament
Kevin Kisner
10
10:10 a.m.
Nicklaus Tournament
Ben Crane
10
10:20 a.m.
Nicklaus Tournament
 
Starting off the new year on a charitable note, the PGA TOUR recently shared an article about the total amount generated for charities by tournaments in 2017. The article discusses how the 2017 tournaments surpassed $180 million, which exceeded last year’s record by $14 million! Below is an excerpt from the article. Read the full piece here.
The announcement brings the all-time total generated for charity by the PGA TOUR to $2.65 billion. The TOUR surpassed $1 billion in 2005 and $2 billion at the beginning of 2014.
 
“The entire PGA TOUR family takes tremendous pride in the positive impact that we continue to make each year through the millions of dollars that are raised for very deserving charitable organizations,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “As we often note, beyond the sheer dollar amount, the real story is in the hundreds of thousands of lives that benefit from these contributions every year. Thank you to all of the tournaments, players, sponsors, volunteers and fans who make all of this possible.”
 
The shared focus on stewardships values is one of the reasons RSM got involved with golf initially. One of the most gratifying aspects of sponsoring The RSM Classic is the opportunity it provides to give back. Supporting nonprofit organizations, especially those focused on enhancing educational outcomes and the quality of life for children and families, is an extension of RSM’s rich history of community involvement – a history that began more than 90 years ago when our firm began in 1926.
 
Through The RSM Classic’s Birdies Fore Love program, thousands of RSM partners, employees, clients and friends donate each year to charitable organizations across the country.  With a match from the RSM US Foundation, we have been able to give more than $2 million to deserving organizations this year alone, bringing the grand total raised through the tournament to $9 million to date. And the numbers from this year’s tournament are still coming in.
 
Check back next week for more updates on Team RSM, The RSM Classic (Nov. 12-18, 2018) and other golf-related news.