Opening Day at the Ally Challenge Presented by McLaren

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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

PositionPlayerRoundStrokes
1Brandt Jobe-765
T2Esteban Toledo-666
T2Jeff Maggert-666
T2Vijay Singh-666
T5Lee Janzen-567
T5Tom Lehman-567
T5Paul Broadhurst-567
T5David Toms-567
T5David McKenzie-567
T10John Huston-468
T10Bob Estes-468
T10Jerry Smith-468
T10Billy Andrade-468
T10Scott Parel-468
T10Paul Claxton-468
T16Jeff Sluman-369
T16Corey Pavin-369
T16Tom Byrum-369
T16Joe Durant-369
T16Colin Montgomerie-369
T16David Frost-369
T16Billy Mayfair-369
T16Fred Couples-369
T24Tommy Armour III-270
T24Mark Brooks-270
T24Loren Roberts-270
T24Scott Dunlap-270
T24Joey Sindelar-270
T24Wes Short, Jr.-270
T24Carlos Franco-270
T24Marco Dawson-270
T24Jesper Parnevik-270
T24Olin Browne-270
T24Paul Goydos-270
T24Rocco Mediate-270
T24Bernhard Langer-270
T24Mark Calcavecchia-270
T24Kenny Perry-270
T24Gibby Gilbert III-270
T40Kent Jones-171
T40Glen Day-171
T40Darren Clarke-171
T40Bill Glasson-171
T40Mark O’Meara-171
T40Duffy Waldorf-171
T40Scott McCarron-171
T40Jay Haas-171
T40Ken Tanigawa-171
T49Woody AustinE72
T49Jay Don BlakeE72
T49Scott HochE72
T49Scott VerplankE72
T49Gary HallbergE72
T49Tommy TollesE72
T49Steve PateE72
T49Tim PetrovicE72
T49Chris DiMarcoE72
T49Kirk TriplettE72
T49Doug GarwoodE72
T49Jerry KellyE72
T49Gene SauerstitleistE72
T49Tom WerkmeisterE72
T49Mark WalkerE72
T64Dan Forsman173
T64Dudley Hart173
T64Blaine McCallister173
T64Mike Goodes173
T64Stephen Ames173
T64Sandy Lyle173
T64Fran Quinn173
T71Todd Hamilton274
T71Kevin Johnson274
73Larry Mize375
74Tom Pernice Jr.476
75Tom Gillis678
76Robert Gamez779
WDBart Bryant17
WDJohn Daly39