Davis Love III has a lot to be proud of these days. The Glynn County native and professional golfer has racked up numerous awards and accolades in his lengthy career. He has celebrated 21 wins on the PGA Tour. He also served as captain of the winning 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team.
But recently he reached a milestone of a different sort. Love’s own tournament, the RSM Classic, an official PGA Tour event held on St. Simons Island, raised more than $2.2 million in the fall of 2016. In total, the tournament has raised $7 million since it began in 2007.
As part of The RSM Classic, RSM offices across the country participate in fundraising efforts through its Birdies Fore Love program. In 2016, a record $1.5 million was raised through financial gifts from partners, principals and employees, as well as through a match from the RSM US Foundation.
All of those funds have been collected by the Davis Love Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that manages and operates the tournament, and are then distributed to local children and families in need.
“Our foundation is committed to positively impacting children and family charities through the dollars raised by The RSM Classic,” Love said in a statement.
“It is our privilege to continue the PGA Tour’s tradition of charitable giving. The RSM Classic is the largest fundraiser of our foundation, and we couldn’t be more excited about the dollars raised this past year.”
Love and his wife, Robin, began raising their path back in 2005 when they established their foundation, the goal of which is to contribute to national and community-based programs that benefit children and their families. The foundation’s mission is to build a better future for those at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes.
The Loves are proud of what they have been able to accomplish so far.
“When we first announced that there would be a PGA Tour event in the Golden Isles, we knew it would have far-reaching charitable and economic impact,” Love said.
“Spectators, volunteers, sponsors, PGA Tour pros and their families love coming here. It’s rewarding to showcase our area on a world stage and to generate such a strong positive charitable and economic impact.”