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Continuing the momentum of the overwhelmingly successful Ally Challenge presented by McLaren, officials announced during the tournament that their sponsorship agreement has been extended for five years. Title sponsor Ally Financial Inc., presenting sponsor McLaren Health Care, host venue Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club and the PGA TOUR have all signed on. With the existing deal in place through next year’s tournament, the extensions ensure The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren will continue as a PGA TOUR Champions event played at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club through 2025.
“We are excited to announce the extension of The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren,” says Miller Brady, President, PGA TOUR Champions. “The PGA TOUR has a tremendous history with Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, and it has been amazing to see our players reconnect with the Grand Blanc community since returning in 2018. This has quickly become one of the premier events of the PGA TOUR Champions, and we are eager to continue working with HNS Sports Group, Ally, McLaren and all our tournament partners to continue building on the strong foundation in place.” The extension of this agreement is in line with Ally’s ongoing commitment to giving back to its communities in meaningful ways. Renewing this commitment for an additional five years will support many more charitable organizations in this community. This will continue the PGA TOUR’s philanthropic focus by designating net proceeds from the tournament to benefit qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in the greater Flint area that provide individuals and the community with increased access to vital services, education and resources.
One of the primary objectives of The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren complements the PGA TOUR’S genuine, philanthropic vision. To that end, the tournament has established a legacy of giving in southeastern Michigan, including raising more than $800,000 for charity in its inaugural year. And with this announcement of the tournament’s contract extension, the Ally Challenge will continue to positively impact the community in Genesee County and beyond.
The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren is more than a professional golf tournament. It is sincerely dedicated to making a positive impact on, and improving the lives of, those in Genesee County and beyond.
FACTS ABOUT THE INAUGURAL ALLY CHALLENGE
England’s Paul Broadhurst took home the $300,000 top prize with a score of 201 – 15 under par.
The Ally Challenge has a three-year contract with the Champions Tour.
McLaren Health Care was the presenting sponsor, and Detroit-based Ally Financial was the title sponsor.
John P. O’Sullivan Distributing, Inc. was the official beer partner.
Net proceeds from the tournament are earmarked for the Genesee County Habitat for Humanity, United Way of Genesee County, Community Foundation of Greater Flint and Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan. Additional organizations benefiting are the Birdies for Charities fundraising program and Grand Blanc Community Schools.
Former Buick Open winners who competed in the Ally Challenge were Wood Austin (1995), Fred Couples (1994), Dan Forsman (1992), Billy Mayfair (1998), Rocco Mediate (2000), Larry Mize (1993), Tom Pernice Jr. (1999), Kenny Perry (2001), Vijay Singh (1997, 2004, 2005) and Scott Verplank (1988).
THE ALLY CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY MCLAREN ANNOUNCES 2020 TOURNAMENT DATES
Third annual tournament set for July 27 – August 2 at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club
Visit theallychallenge.com for year-round information.