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Caddie for Love Grand Prize Winner Claudio Kawecki from Hoboken NJ to Caddie for PGA TOUR Great Davis Love III

RSM McGladrey employee Matt Stoner from Cedar Rapids, IA wins Caddie Quest


Charlotte, N.C. (September 15, 2011)— After 22,183 registrations, 61,559 votes and feedback from PGA TOUR standout and 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III, McGladrey is proud to announce that the 2011 Caddie for Love grand prize winner is Claudio Kawecki from Hoboken, New Jersey. As the grand prize winner, Kawecki will receive the once-in-a-lifetime chance to caddie for Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III at the RSM International Pro-Am during the 2011 McGladrey Classic, an invitation to the draw reception at the home of Davis and Robin Love, round-trip airfare for two and two nights of accommodations (Oct. 11 and 12) at Sea Island Resort.

Additionally Matt Stoner, an employee of RSM McGladrey, which operates under the McGladrey brand, won a similar employee-only contest, called Caddie Quest, and will receive similar prizes including the chance to caddie for Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson during the RSM International Pro-Am.

After impressive essays and photo entries that garnered thousands of votes, illustrating their knowledge of the respective PGA TOUR pros, the game of golf and The Power of Being Understood – the firm's approach to doing business by first truly understanding clients' needs and then providing exceptional value – Kawecki and Stoner were named semi-finalists. From there, they posted humorous semifinalist videos to www.CaddieForLove.com and to an employee intranet site. Kawecki's and Stoner's winning videos not only again attracted scores of votes and illustrated the Power of Being Understood, but impressed Love, Johnson and others involved in the voting enough to make them the winners.

"The golfer/caddie relationship is an important one to me, one that contributes greatly to my success, similar to the relationship McGladrey has with its clients," said Love III, tournament host of The McGladrey Classic. "Claudio understood what voters, McGladrey and I were looking for and I'm excited to have him as my guest and caddie at The McGladrey Classic. Claudio and I are going to have fun at Sea Island, but we'll also be doing some serious work."

Love III ranks sixth in career earnings and is one of the most highly respected golfers currently on the PGA TOUR. Over his 25-year professional career, he has captured 171 Top 10 finishes and racked up 20 career PGA TOUR victories. In 1997, he won the PGA Championship, and in 2012, Davis will lead Team U.S.A. as Ryder Cup captain. Fellow American Zach Johnson, is the 2007 Masters Champion and a regular on PGA TOUR leader boards, netting seven career PGA TOUR wins including the 2010 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

"I am looking forward to welcoming Matt to my home of Sea Island in October," said Zach Johnson. "It's one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I look forward to sharing it with everyone who participates in The McGladrey Classic."

"Caddie for Love and Caddie Quest were great successes and helped strengthen the McGladrey brand with our clients, potential clients and employees," said Ricki Lasky, senior director – sports marketing for RSM McGladrey. "We know that many of our clients and potential clients enjoy watching and playing the game of golf, and we're delighted that The McGladrey Classic provides them with an opportunity to enjoy the game. Perhaps most importantly, however, we're proud to support Special Olympics, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia and other local charitable organizations through proceeds raised by the tournament. I look forward to having Claudio and Matt participate in the excitement at Sea Island."

Caddie for Love and Caddie Quest are sponsored by RSM McGladrey, Inc. and McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, which operate under the McGladrey brand as one of the nation's largest providers of assurance, tax and consulting services. For the external contest rules and regulations, visit: www.caddieforlove.com.

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About The McGladrey Classic
The McGladrey Classic is a PGA TOUR event played on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club in Saint Simons Island, Ga. The tournament is hosted by the Davis Love Foundation, which was established by PGA Professional Davis Love III for the purpose of contributing to the well-being and progress of society by supporting both national and community-based programs that focus on children and their families. The McGladrey Classic is named for title sponsor McGladrey. McGladrey is the brand under which RSM McGladrey, Inc. and McGladrey & Pullen, LLP serve clients' business needs. Together, they rank as the fifth-largest U.S. provider of assurance, tax and consulting services, with 7,000 professionals and associates in more than 80 offices.