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McGladrey Congratulates Ben Crane Winner of the 2011 McGladrey Classic


Charlotte, NC – RSM McGladrey, Inc. and McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, which operate as one of the nation's leading providers of assurance, tax and consulting services under the McGladrey brand, announced today that Ben Crane won the 2011 McGladrey Classic.

In 2006, just before he turned 30, Crane was the highest ranked American golfer under that age in the Official World Golf Rankings. In 2010, Crane carded a final-round 70 to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines by a single stroke, and in October 2010, he won the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia, an event co-sanctioned by the PGA TOUR and Asian Tour. He won the 2011 McGladrey Classic by defeating Webb Simpson in a playoff. Crane is currently one of four golfers in the PGA exclusive boy band "Golf Boys," along with Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan. (Farmers Insurance donates $1,000 for every 100,000 views of the video on YouTube.) Charitable proceeds support both Farmers and Ben Crane charitable initiatives.

"We are thrilled to welcome Ben to the McGladrey 'family' as winner of the second McGladrey Classic," said Joe Adams, managing partner and CEO of McGladrey & Pullen. "Ben exemplifies a strong commitment to integrity and teamwork, attributes our assurance, tax and consulting professionals at McGladrey share. Congratulations, Ben!"

"Last year's inaugural McGladrey Classic was a success by any measure," said C.E. Andrews, president of RSM McGladrey. "We knew the bar was set high for this year's event, and once again it exceeded all expectations. Many of our clients enjoy watching and playing the game of golf, and they certianly enjoyed the exciting playoff today. This was a great opportunity for us to connect with them."

The 2011 McGladrey Classic included two new elements: a concert by country music artist Darius Rucker, which brought out 5,000 fans, and a golf clinic by World Golf Hall of Fame Member Nancy Lopez. The tournament's annual Youth Day and Military Appreciation Day were once again event highlights. Proceeds from this year's McGladrey Classic will benefit Special Olympics, the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia and other local charitable organizations.

"We'd like to thank the 1,200 volunteers who made this year's tournament such a success, and shared their Southern hospitality with the 23,000 golf enthusiasts who joined us here at Sea Island," said Adams. "This is such a warm community that has truly embraced McGladrey, and we look forward to returning next October."

About The McGladrey Classic
The McGladrey Classic is a PGA TOUR tournament played on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club located on Saint Simons, Georgia. The tournament is hosted by the Davis Love Foundation, which was established by PGA TOUR Professional and 2012 Ryder Cup Captain Daivs Love III for the purpose of contributing to the wellbeing and progress of society by supporting both national and community-based programs that focus on children and their families.

About 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. The two firms operate as separate legal entities in an alternative practice structure. McGladrey & Pullen is a licensed CPA firm that provides assurance services. RSM McGladrey is a leading professional services firm providing tax and consulting services. Both firms are members of RSM International, the sixth largest global network of independent accounting, tax and consulting firms. For more information join our Facebook fan page at McGladrey News and/or follow us on Twitter@ McGladrey.


Terri Andrews
Director, National Public Relations



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