Opening Day at the Ally Challenge Presented by McLaren

Friday, September 14th Warwick Hills CC, Grand Blanc, MI

The Ally Challenge kicked off at Warwick Hills Country Club today a little after 11:00 this morning. A brief ceremony conducted by Tournament Director Chris Coffman and Primary Sponsor Ally Financial Inc. Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer Andrea Brimmer proceded play.

Lasco Press Photo

Two young people teed off to officially open play. Journei Daniels of Flint represented the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and Andrew Mudge of Fenton represented the Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan. The two organizations that were chosen to receive charitable contributions from the Tournament.

Lasco Press Photo

At the conclusion of the festivities, the course was turned over to the professionals. The threesome of Tommy Armour III, Woody Austin, and Mark Brooks sent drives straight down the fairway on Hole 1.

Tommy Armour III / Lasco Press Photo
The Opening Threesome / Lasco Press Photo

The first group off on Hole 10 included Jeff Sluman, Jay Don Blake, and Scott Hoch.

Jeff Sluman / Lasco Press Photo
The First Group off on the Back 9 / Lasco Press Photo

Scoring Leaders

Bob Estes took the early lead at 4 under through 6 holes. Estes started on #10 so he faces the tough 17th coming to the mid-point of his round. He held onto the lead through the difficult closing holes without dropping a stroke.

Bob Estes / Lasco Press Photo

Brandt Jobe also started off #10 about an hour after the opening group. He birdied 4 of the first 5 holes then carded an Eagle on the par 5 16th hole. Through 9, Brandt stood at 6 under par, the new tournament leader.


Brandt Jobe / Lasco Press Photo

John Daly withdrew mid-round with an injury to his neck and shoulders. Daly was limping yesterday and had sought treatment in the medical tent for Sciatica.

Late Movers

Jeff Maggert finished the front nine at 3 under. He birdied 5 holes, but a double bogey on #4 cost him 2 strokes. However, eagles on 14 and 16 moved him into a tie for the lead. On #14 he drove the green to within 4 feet of the hole and made the putt. On the 16th hole, his 2nd shot rolled short and left of the green in the tall rough. Maggert’s chip shot landed softly on the green and rolled directly into the cup. Maggert bogeyed the difficult 17th to finish 6 under par.

After his great start on the back nine, Brandt Jobe birdied #2 and #7 on the front nine. A bogey at the 4th hole, his 13th played, cost him a stroke. Still, he was the leader in the clubhouse at 7 under par.

Vijay Singh made 3 birdies on the front 9. He birdied the 12th hole, then a bogey on 13 took that stroke away. He got it right back with a birdie on 14. Then 2 more birdies on 16 and 17 brought him to within a shot of tying Brandt Jobe for the lead. His 2nd shot on 18 settled within 7 feet of the hole. Singh’s putt just slid by the bottom of the hole leaving Jobe alone at the top of the leaderboard.

Coming Up Just Short

Esteban Toledo shot a solid 66 for a total score of 6 under par. Toledo made seven birdies but bogeyed the par 4, 15th hole to cost him a share of the lead.

Tom Lehman started on #10 and went 4 under on the back side. After birdies at #1 and #7, he had a chance to tie for the lead on the 9th hole, his 18th. Lehman drove his ball into the rough and had to pitch out. His 3rd shot left him a 15-foot putt for par. Two putts for bogey dropped him to 5 under, 2 shots back.



First Round Results of the Ally Challenge Presented by McLaren

Position Player Round Strokes
1 Brandt Jobe -7 65
T2 Esteban Toledo -6 66
T2 Jeff Maggert -6 66
T2 Vijay Singh -6 66
T5 Lee Janzen -5 67
T5 Tom Lehman -5 67
T5 Paul Broadhurst -5 67
T5 David Toms -5 67
T5 David McKenzie -5 67
T10 John Huston -4 68
T10 Bob Estes -4 68
T10 Jerry Smith -4 68
T10 Billy Andrade -4 68
T10 Scott Parel -4 68
T10 Paul Claxton -4 68
T16 Jeff Sluman -3 69
T16 Corey Pavin -3 69
T16 Tom Byrum -3 69
T16 Joe Durant -3 69
T16 Colin Montgomerie -3 69
T16 David Frost -3 69
T16 Billy Mayfair -3 69
T16 Fred Couples -3 69
T24 Tommy Armour III -2 70
T24 Mark Brooks -2 70
T24 Loren Roberts -2 70
T24 Scott Dunlap -2 70
T24 Joey Sindelar -2 70
T24 Wes Short, Jr. -2 70
T24 Carlos Franco -2 70
T24 Marco Dawson -2 70
T24 Jesper Parnevik -2 70
T24 Olin Browne -2 70
T24 Paul Goydos -2 70
T24 Rocco Mediate -2 70
T24 Bernhard Langer -2 70
T24 Mark Calcavecchia -2 70
T24 Kenny Perry -2 70
T24 Gibby Gilbert III -2 70
T40 Kent Jones -1 71
T40 Glen Day -1 71
T40 Darren Clarke -1 71
T40 Bill Glasson -1 71
T40 Mark O’Meara -1 71
T40 Duffy Waldorf -1 71
T40 Scott McCarron -1 71
T40 Jay Haas -1 71
T40 Ken Tanigawa -1 71
T49 Woody Austin E 72
T49 Jay Don Blake E 72
T49 Scott Hoch E 72
T49 Scott Verplank E 72
T49 Gary Hallberg E 72
T49 Tommy Tolles E 72
T49 Steve Pate E 72
T49 Tim Petrovic E 72
T49 Chris DiMarco E 72
T49 Kirk Triplett E 72
T49 Doug Garwood E 72
T49 Jerry Kelly E 72
T49 Gene Sauerstitleist E 72
T49 Tom Werkmeister E 72
T49 Mark Walker E 72
T64 Dan Forsman 1 73
T64 Dudley Hart 1 73
T64 Blaine McCallister 1 73
T64 Mike Goodes 1 73
T64 Stephen Ames 1 73
T64 Sandy Lyle 1 73
T64 Fran Quinn 1 73
T71 Todd Hamilton 2 74
T71 Kevin Johnson 2 74
73 Larry Mize 3 75
74 Tom Pernice Jr. 4 76
75 Tom Gillis 6 78
76 Robert Gamez 7 79
WD Bart Bryant 17
WD John Daly 39