GRAND BLANC — The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren today announced the return of one of the tournament’s fan-favorite events, the Celebrity Shootout.
For 2021, this marquee competition will feature golf’s greatest champion Jack Nicklaus; fellow World Golf Hall-of-Famer Lee Trevino; and NCAA Men’s Basketball title-winning head coach Tom Izzo of Michigan State University.
In the coming weeks, an additional celebrity will be added to create a powerhouse foursome that will play a 9-hole team scramble exhibition match to benefit charity.
The Celebrity Shootout will take place on Saturday, August 28 – following the last tournament pairing of round two – and begin on Hole No. 10 at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club.
Additional details, including celebrity pairings and charitable impact, will be announced soon.
Nicklaus’ competitive career spanned five decades, and his legend has been built with 120 professional tournament victories worldwide, including a record 18 major-championship titles (six Masters, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Opens, three British Opens).
“I look forward to returning to Michigan and the fans at Warwick Hills, and reconnecting with my friends at Ally,” Nicklaus said. “It’s been a couple of years since we did this, but I recall how kind and appreciative the galleries were. Most important, we raised significant money for charity, and hope to do so once again. I don’t play much golf these days, but I am certain we will have a lot of fun. And if I can negotiate eight shots from Lee for the nine holes, we will have even more fun!”
During his career, Trevino won 29 PGA TOUR titles, including six major championships: the U.S. Open twice (1968, 1971), back-to-back British Opens in 1971 and 1972, and the PGA Championship in 1974 and 1984, his final TOUR victory came at age 44. He also won 29 PGA TOUR Champions tournaments – ranked third all-time – four of them majors.
Winning the Vardon Trophy for low scoring average five times, Trevino was named PGA Player of the Year and the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated’s Athlete of the Year in 1971.
“I am thrilled to be coming back to Warwick Hills and joining my good friend, Jack Nicklaus. We are going to have a great day on Saturday, Aug. 28, it will be fun to be with all the incredible Michigan golf fans.”
Izzo has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments in 26 seasons as head coach of the Michigan State men’s basketball program, including the 2000 NCAA National Championship, nine regular-season Big Ten Championships, six Big Ten Tournament titles, eight Final Four appearances, eight National Coach of the Year awards and a Big Ten-record 23 straight NCAA Tournament appearances. His career record encompasses 643 wins, which is fifth most by any coach in his first 26 seasons in the history of college basketball. In November 2009, he passed his mentor Jud Heathcote (340 wins) to become MSU’s all-time winningest coach.
A 1977 graduate of Northern Michigan, Izzo joined the Spartan program as an assistant coach in 1983. After 12 seasons as an assistant, the 1995-96 campaign marked his first season as head coach.
Izzo was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 9, 2016, cementing his status as one of the game’s all-time greats.
“It’s a great honor to be invited to play in the Celebrity Shootout at The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren with great names in golf like Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino, and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Izzo. “The Ally Challenge is a tremendous event in the state of Michigan that will raise funds for charities in the greater Flint area, which has always been close to my heart.”
In related news, the tournament revealed the return of the Celebrity Shootout Inside the Ropes Experience. This program, featuring exclusive inside the ropes experiences, including the opportunity to caddie for the celebrities, is now open to the public by visiting theallychallenge.com/tournament-info/celebrity-shootout.
All proceeds from the Celebrity Shootout Inside the Ropes Experience will benefit charities associated with the tournament.
For more information about The Ally Challenge, visit theallychallenge.com.
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