Yamaha to Sponsor Pro-Am at RSM Classic on Sea Island
The Yamaha Golf Car Company will sponsor the Pro-Am at the RSM Classic (formerly the McGladrey). an official PGA Tour event, on Wednesday 11/18/2015. For the first time, the event will be played on both the Plantation and Seaside courses at the beautiful 5 Star Sea Island Resort in Georgia’s Golden Isles with Davis Love III, 2016 Ryder Cup Captain and resident of Sea Island, as host. The courses are the same duo the pros will play competitively during the RSM Classic. The RSM rebranding of the Tournament is just a name change for the international accounting firm based in Chicago and known since 1926 as McGladrey.
Yamaha has been investing in grassroots programs designed to support and grow the game of golf through the PGA of America sectional events, the Web.com Tour, as well as a partnership with the Executive Women’s Golf Association. Over 1,400 golf courses have switched to Yamaha Golf Car products over the last five years, signaling a major shift in the industry. Armed with a rich pedigree of quality and engineering, Yamaha’s fleet, utility and personal transportation cars are enjoying a fast growing following throughout the world both on and off the golf course.
“Like most people, I’ve always been familiar with Yamaha’s high performance products within the Motorcycle, ATV, Boat and Marine Industries,” said Host Davis Love III, a 21 time winner on the PGA Tour. “Now having recently spent a lot of time with their Golf division, it’s easy to see that their Golf Car and Utility Car products have carried on that same high quality, reliability and high-performance position in our industry. Yamaha is an ideal fit for the RSM Classic and I’m proud to have their support of our event.”
The Pro-Am includes a Tuesday night Pairings Party hosted by Davis and his wife Robin. the event has become an integral part of the Classic and one of the premier Pro-Am events on the TOUR.
In addition, two of the most respected caddies on the PGA Tour, Jim “Bones” Mackay and John “Woody” Wood, will join Golf Channel as course reporters, walking the fairways with microphones, not bags, and adding their perspective to the coverage the 2nd and 3rd rounds.
The duo will also appear on ‘Morning Drive’ live from the Sea Island Club Friday and Saturday,11/20-21. Mackay is Phil Mickelson’s looper and Wood will be carrying Matt Kuchar’s bag in 2016.
If you are ranking PGA Tour events by the sheer beauty of the golf course, The RSM Classic would rate among the top 5. There are times on the back 9 of the Seaside Course that can compare with the picturesque ocean holes at Pebbl
e Beach Golf Links. Different Ocean, different terrain but stunning beauty. The par 70-7005 yard Seaside cuts through the coastal marshlands of St. Simons Sound on the southern tip of a barrier island, an hour south of Savannah, Ga. Fifteen holes border the marsh. The Seaside will blow you away, both figuratively and literally, with its low country charm and easterly winds off the Atlantic. The front nine designed by legendary English architects Harry S. Colt and Charles Alison dates to 1929. The back nine in the marsh was originally created by Joe Lee in the 70’s, and Tom Fazio worked his magic during a renovation completed in 1991 that created today’s routing. His bold circular bunkers, faithful to the English duo’s distinctive style, add a special architectural touch, often showing up in front of the tiny greens.
The 7066 yard Plantation dates to 1928, designed by Walter Travis. An extensive renovation by Rees Jones in 1998 revised the routing to make room for the Lodge. The pros should have little trouble avoiding the ponds and tidal creeks that plague amateurs on this parkland-by-the-sea. The course unfolds among a forest of ancient liv
e oaks and cypress. The strategic nature of the design is most evident at the beautiful 12th, which plays through the trees to a well bunkered elevated green with the Atlantic Ocean as a back drop. For more information on the Sea Island Resort go to http://www.SeaIsland.com.
Yamaha Golf Car Company, headquartered in Newnan, Georgia since 1988, manufacturers the most highly engineered, highest quality golf cars and utility vehicles in the industry. The company was the first to develop proprietary Electronic Fuel Injection technology, producing the greenest gasoline-powered golf car available, and with the industry’s smallest carbon footprint. Yamaha also offers a complete line of transportation and specialty vehicles. To learn more go to http://www.YamahaGolfCar.com.