GRAND BLANC TWP. — Officials of The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren have announced that Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill has been selected as the fourth member of the tournament’s marquee special event, the Celebrity Shootout.
Blashill joins 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 to create a powerhouse foursome that will compete in an exhibition match to benefit charity.
The Celebrity Shootout will take place on Saturday, Aug. 28 following the last tournament pairing of round two and begin on Hole No. 10 at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club.
Blashill enters his seventh season as head coach of the Red Wings. The 47-year-old has spent the last 10 seasons with the organization, coaching at various levels. Blashill was first an assistant during Detroit’s 2011-12 campaign, before serving as head coach of Detroit’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, from 2012-15. After leading the Griffins to three of the most successful campaigns in the franchise history, Blashill ascended to his current role as head coach of the Red Wings on June 9, 2015.
Over his first six seasons as Detroit’s head coach, Blashill has overseen a 16 transitional period for the organization, and his previous experience and accolades at the college and minor-league level have aided the Red Wings in developing high draft picks into everyday NHL players.
In his first season with the Red Wings, Blashill guided the club to its 25th consecutive postseason appearance, extending a streak that at the time was the third-longest in NHL history. Blashill is the 27th coach in franchise history, the first American to lead the Red Wings and just the third Michigan native to coach any major Detroit sports franchises, joining Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci (2003-05) and the Detroit Pistons’ Dave DeBusschere (1964-67).
The 2021 format for the fan-favorite, 9-hole Celebrity Shootout will feature three separate 3-hole matches, with the celebrities rotating partners each match in a team scramble, match-play format. The teams will compete for a $30,000 purse to benefit six Southeastern Michigan charitable organizations: Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan; Genesee County Habitat for Humanity; Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Flint; My Brother’s Keeper of Genesee County; Shelter of Flint; and YWCA Genesee County.
Each team will play for a specific charity during each of the 3-hole matches, and holes have been assigned a dollar value that will be awarded to the winning team’s charity after each hole.
Ties will result in a carryover of the assigned hole value to the next hole. A tie at the end of a match will result in a sudden-death chip-off on the green of that match’s final hole (Hole Nos. 12, 15 or 18).
For more information about The Ally Challenge, please visit theallychallenge.com. — B.G.