Tournament Information Host Organization
Established in 2005 by professional golfer Davis Love, III, the Davis Love Foundation contributes to the well-being and progress of society by supporting both national and community-based programs that focus on children and their families. Headquartered in St. Simons Island, GA, the private Foundation provides a positive and far-reaching vehicle for creative solutions to social ills that affect children and their families. The ambitious mission of the Davis Love Foundation is to help build a better future for vulnerable children and their families who are at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes. The Foundation provides grants and donations to community-based programs that focus on children and families in need.
In 2010, the Davis Love Foundation partnered with the PGA TOUR to become the Host Organization of The McGladrey Classic, an Official PGA TOUR Event. The inaugural event occurred in October 2010 and currently holds a title sponsor contract with McGladrey, the fifth largest U.S. provider of assurance, tax and consulting services, through 2015. After two years of The McGladrey Classic almost $500,000 has been raised for children and families in need, with the bulk of those funds directly benefiting Special Olympics (National, State and Local) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia.
In 2012, the Davis Love Foundation launched an additional fundraising element in conjunction with The McGladrey Classic called Birdies Fore Love. Birdies Fore Love gives non-profit organizations an opportunity to raise funds for their charity through a no-cost program with 100% of funds raised going back to their organization. Birdies Fore Love participants make a pledge for every birdie made at The McGladrey Classic during official tournament rounds. Last year, 1,478 birdies were made, so a pledge of $0.01 would yield a donation of $14.78. Participants also have the flexibility to make a one-time donation (minimum $10) instead of a pledge per birdie and are eligible to participate in the birdies guessing program. Nalley will donate a 2013 Buick Encore if someone guesses the exact number of birdies. See Birdies fore Love for more info.
In 2013, The Davis Love Foundation will have donated more than $1,000,000 for children and family charities through proceeds from The McGladrey Classic since its inception in 2010.