GRAND BLANC – From 1958 until 2009, Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club was an annual stop on the PGA Tour. The Buick Open played host to many great golfers including Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer and Kenny Perry, just to name a few. It’s been a long wait since 2009, but Warwick Hills is finally getting a PGA event back in the form of the Ally Challenge on the Champions Tour, a 50-and-over tour of the PGA’s.
The event, which is sponsored by Ally Financial, was announced during a press conference on Tuesday inside the country club. It will take place Sept. 10-16, 2018 and has a three-year contract. At the press conference, however, all indications were that the organizers and sponsors, as well as the Champions Tour, would like to make this a decade-plus tradition.
Stewart Moore, director of communications for the PGA Tour, hosted the press conference while the key speakers were Andrea Riley, Ally Financial Chief Marketing and Public Relations Office, Greg McLaughlin, PGA Tour Champions President, Tournament President Trent Marshall, Tournament Director Chris Coffman and, last but not least, World Golf Hall of Famer Mark O’Meara.
Along with O’Meara, the Champions Tour also includes such golf legends as Fred Couples, Vijay Singh, Hale Irwin and Kenny Perry. All three rounds of the 2018 Ally Challenge will be televised live on the Golf Channel.
For more information on the tour, visit pgatour.com/champions. — B.P.