|The Oak Avenue once belonged to Retreat Plantation|
|Ben Crane is the 2011 McGladrey winner|
|Live oak on the chip and putt practice green|
|McGladrey sign in water alongside 18th green|
The 2011 McGladrey Classic was actually only the second year for this PGA tourney set in Georgia's Golden Isle of St. Simon's Island. Played on the Sea Side course at Sea Island resort, which is the home for tourney host David Love III, the 2011 event was won in a playoff when Ben Crane topped Webb Simpson for the title. An ancient avenue of oaks greets patrons who came to enjoy the resort island lifestyle and a top field of PGA players. The golf course has a tidal creek bending gracefully though both the outward nine holes and the inward nine, and a series of sand dunes helped to define the character of Sea Island. The Lowcountry and the Golden Isles have a special kinship, and my hope is that the McGladrey Classic becomes a long-running success that joins The Masters and The Heritage family of tournaments. To view the dates for the 2012 McGladrey Classic click here.
For a past blog entry about the PGA click here.