2020 Ally Challenge to be played without fans present

GRAND BLANC — Tournament officials announced last week as a result of the ongoing health and safety issues related to the Coronavirus pandemic and in accordance with the state of Michigan’s Safe Start Plan, it has been determined that competition rounds for the 2020 Ally Challenge presented by McLaren, July 31-Aug. 2, will be played without general public or corporate hospitality attendance at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club.

The decision to play the third installment of the official PGA TOUR Champions event without spectators was made as a result of Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-133 signed on June 25 and in collaboration with the PGA TOUR, the tournament’s title sponsor Ally Financial and presenting sponsor McLaren Health Care, with the health and safety of all involved the absolute focus.

Additionally, all special events traditionally surrounding the tournament, including the 2020 Ally Challenge Community Concert, will not be staged this year. These events are scheduled to return to tournament week in 2021.

“We are looking forward to hosting the third installment of The Ally Challenge in just a few weeks,” said Andrea Brimmer, chief marketing and public relations officer, Ally. “While it will look a bit different this year, the tournament’s overall impact on this community through charitable giving and boosting the local economy remains its ultimate purpose. We can’t wait for the greatest fans in golf to join us again at Warwick Hills in 2021.”

In related news, the official Pro-Am tournaments on July 29-30 will be staged as scheduled, with additional safety protocols in place for participants.

“McLaren welcomes the return of professional golf to Genesee County,” said Phil Incarnati, President/CEO of McLaren Health Care. “I am very pleased to announce that at this year’s tournament we will be showcasing McLaren’s frontline healthcare heroes who have served patient and community needs throughout this unprecedented health crisis. Every tour player’s caddie will wear the name of one of our clinical professionals on their bib throughout tournament play symbolically representing the thousands of nurses, doctors and allied health professionals who suit up every day to restore health and save lives. While this 2020 tournament is different in many ways, it remains the same in its focus on philanthropy, community support and world class golf competition, and we are proud to be a part of it.” PricingOne element of this year’s The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren that will not be disrupted is the charitable initiatives and fundraising platforms that are the foundation of this community focused event. The tournament has established a legacy of giving in southeastern Michigan in its first two years, including raising nearly $2.4 million in support of local charities in the greater Flint area and beyond. The Ally Challenge will continue to positively impact the community in Genesee County and beyond in 2020 through its support of the United Way of Genesee County (UWGC), as well as the return of Birdies for Charity presented by Ally.

The 2020 tournament will mark the second consecutive year that UWGC has been included as a primary beneficiary of The Ally Challenge.

Birdies for Charity presented by Ally is a grassroots charity platform that creates positive opportunities for charities to partner with the tournament and benefit from the philanthropic objectives of The Ally Challenge. This successful program nearly doubled the number of participating Michigan 501(c)(3) organizations from year one to year two, with 16 contributing charities in 2018 and 29 in 2019.

Birdies for Charity gives qualified Michigan 501(c)(3) charities and schools the opportunity to raise funds based on the number of birdies made by PGA TOUR Champions players during competitive rounds at The Ally Challenge. Each participating charity will solicit pledges per birdie, or flat donations, to their organization through the Birdies for Charity program. Charities will receive 100 percent of collected donations, as well as a guaranteed bonus match of 10 percent on the first $300,000 of donations and 5 percent thereafter.

Details: Visit theallychallenge.com. — G.G.

Church to hold garage sale

DAVISON — The First Baptist Church of Davison, 208 E. 4th St., will hold their second annual Garage Sale on July 24, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and July 25 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The sale will be held in the First Baptist Church Gym and all are encouraged to come. There are lots of items for sale. — G.G.

Lake Callis to close for weed management

DAVISON TWP. — Lake Callis Recreation Complex will be closed July 20, for Aquatic Weed Management. Treatment will take place at 8 a.m. and has a 24-hour swimming restriction. Park will open July 21, at 9 a.m. The township thanks everyone for their cooperation and apologize for the inconvenience. — G.G.

Clerks to have offices open Aug. 1 for ballots

DAVISON AREA — As required by law, local clerks will be open Aug.1 for accepting and issuing absentee ballots and voter registrations. Office hours are: Davison Township, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; City of Davison, 7 a.m.-3p.m.; and Richfield Township, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — G.G.