In less than a month, professional golf will return to Flint & Genesee with the Ally Challenge presented by McLaren. The three-day golf tournament is an official event on the PGA TOUR Champions owned and operated by Tournaments for Charity, a Michigan non-profit corporation.
Seventy-eight PGA TOUR Champions will play in a 54-hole stroke golf tournament, competing for a $2 million dollar purse. The three official rounds will be televised internationally on the golf channel.
Golf-lovers from near and far can enjoy four days of excitement at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc. The schedule of events includes:
- Official Pro-Am tournament will be in full swing Thursday, September 13 with professional golfers such as Fred Couples up against amateur golfers including musician Kid Rock.
- Friday, September 14, the official tournament begins with an opening ceremony at 9:45 a.m. Gates to Warwick will open at 9 a.m. for spectators to view golf legends such as Bernhard Langer, two-time major champion on the PGA Tour and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, and Kenny Perry, two-time Buick Open champion. Immediately following play, spectators can enjoy a concert by Big & Rich, country music duo of “Save a Horse” fame.
- Saturday, the 2018 Adidas 5K Challenge, a race that will follow the Warwick Hills course, will begin at 8:30 a.m. before the second round of the tournament which starts at 10 a.m. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan.
- Sunday, gates open at 7 a.m. with the final round of the tournament starting at 8:30 a.m. with a trophy presentation immediately following.
Continuing the 60-year tradition of charity at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, the Ally Challenge presented by McLaren will hold a fundraising challenge: Birdies for Charity. Individuals and business can pledge a participating charity either per “birdie” or a flat donation. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will be awarded to the designated charity with a guaranteed 6 percent match.
For non-golf enthusiast information, a birdie is one stroke under par for any golf hole on the course. For more information on Birdies for Charity, visit the Ally Challenge website.
For more information on the tournament, concert and race, and to purchase tickets, visit theallychallenge.com.