McGladrey evolution includes date change, field size

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – McGladrey fever will last another five years in Georgia’s Golden Isles, but with a different look. The financial consulting firm has extended sponsorship of its PGA Tour stop by another five years.

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced the extension and evolution of the McGladrey on Wednesday during a press conference conducted on the 10th hole of Sea Island Golf Club’s Plantation Course. The extension locks McGladrey into sponsorship of the event through the 2019-20 wrap-around season.

A change in date, effective next year, moves the McGladrey to the week before Thanksgiving (Nov. 19-22). It will anchor the end of the calendar year. Finchem said the field will expand from 132 players to 156, and that both the Plantation and Seaside courses will be used.

“Initially when we looked at this, we thought we could develop some name recognition and branding efforts through the event,” McGladrey chairman Craig Radke said of the decision-making process. “But as we’ve participated now for four years, the thing that has really sold us going forward is the experience that our clients, prospects and friends have when they come here.”

The later date could help the McGladrey draw a better field.

“We’re looking at everything to get the school and the cards into more tournaments top to bottom,” Finchem said of the field expansion. “It’s healthy for the tournament. Get more players here and make it a little bigger event and double pro-am like they do in San Diego. It will help everything and of course create more playing opportunities.”

Show Hide