Thursday, April 26, 2018

Celebrating High Numbers


While golfers generally like to see low numbers on the course, this week we’re celebrating high numbers in the golf community!

Earlier this week, RSM US LLP, title sponsor of The RSM Classic, in conjunction with the Davis Love Foundation (insert link) announced that the eighth annual RSM Classic (insert link) (Nov. 13 – 19, 2017) raised more than $2.3 million for children- and family-focused charitable organizations! This brings the grand contribution total raised through the tournament since its inception in 2010 to more than $9 million! 

Of the more than $2.3 million raised through this past November’s tournament, over $2 million was raised through Birdies Fore Love, the tournament’s giving platform. Of that amount, nearly $1.2 million was raised by RSM employees and clients, and another $500,000 was donated by the RSM US Foundation.

Charitable dollars raised through The RSM Classic are distributed by the Davis Love Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that manages and operates the tournament. The Foundation was established in 2005 by professional golfer and Team RSM member Davis Love III and his wife Robin. 

Thanks to all of those who got involved – we can’t wait until this year’s tournament! 

This announcement came in conjunction with National Golf Day yesterday. In honor of the day, the game’s nearly $4 billion annual charitable impact was recognized.

Ready for another large number? On the eve of National Golf Day, the World Golf Foundation released the U.S. Golf Economy Report. As reported in Golf Week, the annual economic impact generated by the game of golf in the United States has reached $84.1 billion. We are so proud of the golf community for helping to create such a positive influence around the country, and so honored to be a part of this community through our sponsorship of The RSM Classic and Team RSM. 

This week on the golf course, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans is in full swing at the TPC Louisiana course. Team RSM Members Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk will be playing, joined by past RSM Classic winners Mac Hughes (2016), Kevin Kisner (2015) and Ben Crane (2011). Don’t forget, this is a two-man team event, so it’s a little different, but a whole lot of fun!

Below are their tee times for Thurs., April 16:

PLAYER
TEE #
TEE TIME (CT)
Chris Kirk
1
7:13 am
Zach Johnson
1
1:10 pm
Ben Crane
1
8:18 am
Mac Hughes
10
12:18 pm
Kevin Kisner
1
1:23 pm

Best of luck to our Team RSM “family” this week!

Check back next week for more on Team RSM, The RSM Classic (Nov. 12-18, 2018) and other golf-related news.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tournament Tributes


We can’t believe another tournament week has flown by! For those of you who are sad that the RBC Heritage (a Team RSM favorite) is over, have no fear! Dr. Tony Parker, World Golf Hall of Fame historian, recently reviewed memorabilia items from Team RSM Member Davis Love III and the RBC Heritage on the Golf Channel. Watch the full video here: https://www.golfchannel.com/video/world-golf-hall-fame-memorabilia-davis-love-iii/

Speaking of the Hall of Fame, according to The Gazette, golf professional Larry Gladson will be inducted into the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame on Thursday at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines. Larry was also Team RSM Member Zach Johnson’s youth coach and only has great things to say about him, as exemplified in this excerpt here:

“You can’t get through a conversation with Larry Gladson without talking about Zach Johnson. That’s just the way it is. Gladson will forever be linked to the PGA star from Cedar Rapids. And he’s OK with that. ‘Zach has had a major influence on golf in the state of Iowa,’ he said.”

And in other highlights from the week, Team RSM Member Andy Sullivan was featured on the European Tour’s Twitter page for having one of the best five shots of the week! Watch his incredible shot here.

This week in tournament news, the Valero Texas Open is back. Joining Zach will be fellow Team RSM Member Chris Kirk playing at the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. Past RSM Classic winners Austin Cook (2017), Mac Hughes (2016) and Ben Crane (2011) will be playing, as well.  

Below are their tee times for Thurs., April 19:

PLAYER
TEE #
TEE TIME (CT)
Zach Johnson
1
12:40 pm
Chris Kirk
10
12:40 pm
Mac Hughes
1
8:10 am
Ben Crane
1
12:30 pm
Austin Cook
1
1:00 pm

Best of luck to all “our guys” this week!

Check back next week for more on Team RSM, The RSM Classic (Nov. 12-18, 2018) and other golf-related news.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Team RSM – News Galore!


We can’t believe The Masters is already over! Wow, what a tournament – we were so impressed by all of the players and their excellent performances. And although we truly missed Johnny Paulk, golf pro and longtime announcer at the 18th hole at the Masters, we still enjoyed a great ending to the championship.  Congratulations to the winner, Patrick Reed!

With the Masters behind us, we’re looking forward to the RBC Heritage this week in South Carolina! Team RSM Member Davis Love III will be playing, and he is no stranger to the course. Davis won in 1987, 1991, 1992, 1998 and 2003. The excitement of the week will continue for Davis on Fri., April 13, which marks his birthday!  We hope you have a great time celebrating in South Carolina, Davis!


Davis will be joined on the course by his son and Team RSM Member Dru Love. Dru will be the third generation of the Love family to play at the RBC Heritage! In 1969 and 1970, Davis’ father and Dru’s grandfather played in the tournament. Davis and Dru both spoke with the press ahead of the tournament earlier this week. Watch a clip from the interview here


“It means a lot,” said Dru Love, who received a sponsor exemption into the event. “It’s my family’s favorite tournament, his favorite, my mom’s favorite, sitting by the beach and the pool. It’s my favorite for watching golf.” – Golf Channel

Team RSM Members Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk will also be playing, joined by past RSM Classic winners Austin Cook (2017), Mac Hughes (2016), Kevin Kisner (2015) and Robert Streb (2014)!

Below are their tee times for Thurs., April 12:


PLAYER
TEE #
TEE TIME (ET)
Zach Johnson
10
7:50 am
Chris Kirk
1
8:30 am
Davis Love III
1
12:40 pm
Dru Love
10
1:30 pm
Kevin Kisner
10
8:00 am
Austin Cook
1
8:20 am
Robert Streb
1
8:50 am
Mac Hughes
1
12:20 pm

Best of luck to our Team RSM “family” this week!

If you’re attending the RBC Heritage, be sure to take a close look at Hilton Head Island’s iconic lighthouse, which might be looking a little different than usual:

Hilton Head Island’s historic candy cane-striped lighthouse will be wrapped in plaid to honor the 50-year anniversary of the RBC Heritage, the PGA Tour event held annually at Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina. The post-Masters tournament is played April 12-15, with a field that includes Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and five-time champion Davis Love III.” – Forbes

Want more information on the RBC Heritage? We suggest reading Betfair’s recent article here. Of course, we especially love the RSM Classic tie-in and shout outs!
Is There an Angle In?
It's a bit more open than this track, but form at the Seaside Course, Sea Island, home of the RSM Classic, formally the McGladrey Classic, is well worth considering. It's only around the corner so it makes sense that it should correlate nicely and it does.

Last year's RSM Classic was won by Austin Cook, who makes his debut here this week but the places were filled with players with form here. The runner-up, J.J Spaun, was sixth here last year on debut, Brian Gay in third, won here in 2009, and Kevin Kisner in tied fourth, was beaten in the playoff here three years ago. Kisner also won the RSM Classic in 2015 when the 2013 winner of this event, Graeme McDowell, finished third.

There have only been eight editions of that event but there are plenty of examples of players playing well at both events and the first three RSM Classic winners all had a top-six finish here on their CV too. It's a very similar exposed, wind-affected, seaside course so it's no surprise that form there stands up well here.

In other Team RSM news, we’re delighted to welcome pro-golfer Michele Thomson to the RSM team! Michele plays on the Ladies European Tour, and 2017 was her best year yet! Her career highlights include finishing 16th on the Ladies European Tour’s Order of Merit and finishing 2nd place at the Hero Women’s Indian Open, both this year. 

Welcome to the team, Michele!

As we wrap up our post, we also wanted to say a special thanks to Zach Johnson. Zach joined RSM at a fundraiser benefitting the RSM US Foundation a few weeks ago – see a related photo in the Austin Business Journal’s digital edition here: https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/digital-edition?issue_id=252625


Check back next week for more on Team RSM, The RSM Classic (Nov. 12-18, 2018) and other golf-related news.


Thursday, April 5, 2018

All about the Green


It’s that time of year again – the 82nd Masters starts today! We’re so excited for the next few days and can’t wait to see who will go home with the coveted green jacket (FORE Georgia takes a few guesses about some of the players they think have the best chance of winning in their article here).

For those who might not know, this major golf tournament, which began in 1934, is played annually at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. As one of the four major championships in professional golf, you can imagine all of the career highlights and special moments created at the tournament over the years. In fact, the greens alone reveal a rich history, as summarized in a recent GolfWorld article:

“Of all the elements that make Augusta National a championship test, the most heralded are its greens, a confounding collection of befuddling breaks and slippery slopes. Think of the tiny shelf on the right of the sixth green, the mammoth mounds in the 14th green, the subtle trench at the fifth, and the nasty tongue on No. 9 that propels balls back down the fairway.

But these are not the original green contours. These are modified ones, considerably softened. The original greens were even more outrageous and outlandish.”

The 12th hole in particular is known for being the scene of heartbreak. Team RSM Member Zach Johnson provided his perspective about conquering it to The New York Times, which cited Zach's advice as perhaps the "best advice of all": 

“’It’s hard,” Johnson said during a recent interview. “I make an educated guess, commit to the shot, swallow hard and, when it lands safely aboard, say, ‘Amen.’ ”

We’re looking forward to watching Zach play in the tournament, along with past RSM Classic winners Austin Cook (2017) and Kevin Kisner (2015).

Below are their tee times for Thurs., April 5:

PLAYER
TEE #
TEE TIME (ET)
Zach Johnson
1
10:30  am
Austin Cook
1
8:30 am
Kevin Kisner
1
1:05 pm

Best of luck to our Team RSM “family” this week!

Want to watch the action live from a computer? Not a problem – visit the Masters’ website here.

We’d also like to wish an early happy birthday (April 7th) to past RSM Classic winner Robert Streb (2014)! Hope you have a great day on Saturday!

Lastly, we’d like to congratulate Villanova University for winning the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament – what a great game and an amazing “March Madness” filled with talented athletes!

Check back next week for more on Team RSM, The RSM Classic (Nov. 12-18, 2018) and other golf-related news.