Ally Challenge: Day 2 Highlights

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Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, Grand Blanc, MI — September 14, 2019

The Ally Challenge leaders, Scott McCarron, Retief Goosen, and local favorite Tom Gillis teed off today just after noon time. Bernhard Langer had just taken the lead with birdies on the 1st and 3rd holes to go 7 under par. The leader board took a workout all day long as several players made runs towards the top.

Tom Gillis lines up a putt during Round 2 of the Ally Challenge / Lasco Press Photo

Early Leaders

Jerry Smith made a leap to 8 under after birdies on 2-6 & 8, until a bogey on 9 cost him a stroke. Smith shrugged that off to get it rolling again on the backside. Birdies on 13-14 & 17 had him at 10 under, then another bogey at 18 left him with a two day total of 9 under par.

Langer ran off 9 straight pars before a birdie on 13 brought him to 8 under. Two more birdies at 16 & 18 finished his day at 9 under and tied with Smith for 4th place.

Bernhard Langer / Lasco Press Photo

Slow Starts for Day 1 Leaders

First-round leader Scott McCarron started his round with 6 straight pars. Birdies at 7 & 8 lowered his two-day total to 8 under. A bogey on the 9th and he was back to a single stroke over his first-round total of 6 under par. McCarron closed strong with a birdie on 14 and three straight on 16 through 18 to finish the day at 11 under.

Retief Goosen made 1 birdie and 16 pars on his round and was just 7 under when he came to 18. A double-bogey on the final hole dropped his two-day score to -5, tied for 17th.

Tom Gillis knocked in his approach shot at the 4th hole for an eagle. Then bogeyed the 6th to lose a stroke. Bridies on 12 & 13 kept him in contention with a two-day score of 9 under par, placing him in a tie for 4th with Langer and Smith.

Moving Into Contention

David Toms and Kenny Perry both shot 6 under on their round today. Both are part of a foursome at 8 under and tied for 7th place with Tom Lehman and Wes Short Jr.

Kenny Perry / Lasco Press Photo

Woody Austin Owns the Back Nine at Warwick Hills

After opening his round with a bogey on the first, Woody Austin worked his tournament total to 5 under with birdies on 4 & 7. After making the turn Austin lit it up with 6 birdies on the back nine. A round of 7 under, combined with his first day total of -4 put Austin in 2nd place at 11 under.

New Leader

Jerry Kelly was a stroke off the lead after day one at 5 under. He started Saturday with a birdie on the first hole. Another birdie on the 6th and he was 7 under and in the mix with the crowd trying to climb up the scoreboard. Like Woody Austin, Kelly separated himself from the field on the back nine with 5 consecutive birdies starting on the 10th. His 12 under par score elevated him into the lead.

Sunday’s final round should be exciting with 10 players within four strokes of the lead.

The Ally Challenge Celebrity Shootout

Jack Nicklaus and Kid Rock teamed up for a scramble tournament over the final 9-holes at Warwick Hills. The Celebrity Shootout commenced after the final group of the day cleared the 10th tee. Celebrities Dierks Bently and Henrik Zetterberg provided the competition.

Celebrity Shootout participants / Lasco Press Photo

Playing for charity, the dollar amount of each hole increased as the shootout progressed. Ties on 17 and 18 sent the mini-tournament to a chip-off to determine the winner. Nicklaus holed a 55-yard chip to seal the win for him and Kid Rock, earning $15,000 for their charity the United Way of Genesee County. Bentley and Zetterberg pocketed $8,000 for their charity Habitat for Humanity.

More News

Ally Financial and McLaren Health Care Systems announced at Warwick Hills today that they have extended their sponsorship agreement with the PGA Tour Champions to 2025. Great news for the golf club and the community. Charity donations for this year’s tournament are expected to exceed $1 million.

Ally and McLaren extend sponsorship to 2025 / Lasco Press Photo

Leaderboard After Round 2

Position Player To Par Today R1 R2 Total
1 Jerry Kelly -12 -7 67 65 132
T2 Woody Austin -11 -7 68 65 133
T2 Scott McCarron -11 -5 66 67 133
T4 Bernhard Langer -9 -5 68 67 135
T4 Jerry Smith -9 -4 67 68 135
T4 Tom Gillis -9 -3 66 69 135
T7 David Toms -8 -6 70 66 136
T7 Kenny Perry -8 -6 70 66 136
T7 Tom Lehman -8 -5 69 67 136
T7 Wes Short Jr. -8 -5 69 67 136
T11 Tom Byrum -7 -5 70 67 137
T11 Gene Sauers -7 -4 69 68 137
T11 Tim Petrovic -7 -4 69 68 137
T14 Chris DiMarco -6 -4 70 68 138
T14 Steve Flesch -6 -2 68 70 138
T14 Stephen Leaney -6 -2 68 70 138
T17 Brandt Jobe -5 -4 71 68 139
T17 Mark O’Meara -5 -3 70 69 139
T17 Doug Barron -5 -3 70 69 139
T17 Colin Montgomerie -5 -2 69 70 139
T17 Retief Goosen -5 1 66 73 139
T22 Steve Jones -4 -5 73 67 140
T22 Bart Bryant -4 -4 72 68 140
T22 Kent Jones -4 -4 72 68 140
T22 Fred Couples -4 -2 70 70 140
T22 Kirk Triplett -4 -2 70 70 140
T27 Greg Kraft -3 -4 73 68 141
T27 Jeff Sluman -3 -2 71 70 141
T27 Stephen Ames -3 -1 70 71 141
T27 David Frost -3 -1 70 71 141
T27 Glen Day -3 -1 70 71 141
T27 Ken Tanigawa -3 E 69 72 141
T27 Cliff Kresge -3 E 69 72 141
T27 Jay Haas -3 2 67 74 141
T35 David McKenzie -2 -2 72 70 142
T35 Jesper Parnevik -2 -2 72 70 142
T35 Marco Dawson -2 -2 72 70 142
T35 Bob Estes -2 -2 72 70 142
T35 Darren Clarke -2 3 67 75 142
T40 Esteban Toledo -1 -2 73 70 143
T40 Lee Janzen -1 E 71 72 143
T40 Duffy Waldorf -1 3 68 75 143
T43 Gibby Gilbert III E -2 74 70 144
T43 John Huston E -2 74 70 144
T43 Angel Cabrera E E 72 72 144
T43 Paul Broadhurst E 1 71 73 144
T47 Scott Parel 1 -3 76 69 145
T47 Todd Fischer 1 -1 74 71 145
T47 Rocco Mediate 1 1 72 73 145
T47 Larry Mize 1 1 72 73 145
T47 Tom Kite 1 2 71 74 145
T52 Dan Forsman 2 -2 76 70 146
T52 Vijay Singh 2 -2 76 70 146
T52 Brandel Chamblee 2 -2 76 70 146
T52 Dennis Hendershott 2 -1 75 71 146
T52 Billy Andrade 2 -1 75 71 146
T52 Skip Kendall 2 2 72 74 146
T52 Tommy Armour III 2 2 72 74 146
T59 Loren Roberts 3 1 74 73 147
T59 Billy Mayfair 3 1 74 73 147
T59 Miguel Angel Jimenez 3 1 74 73 147
T59 Joey Sindelar 3 3 72 75 147
T63 David Eger 4 E 76 72 148
T63 Sandy Lyle 4 1 75 73 148
T63 Russ Cochran 4 1 75 73 148
T63 Mark Walker 4 2 74 74 148
T63 Joe Durant 4 3 73 75 148
T63 Dudley Hart 4 4 72 76 148
T63 Mark Calcavecchia 4 6 70 78 148
T70 Olin Browne 5 1 76 73 149
T70 Tom Pernice Jr 5 2 75 74 149
T70 Paul Goydos 5 5 72 77 149
T73 Corey Pavin 6 2 76 74 150
T73 Gary Hallberg 6 5 73 77 150
75 Michael Allen 7 2 77 74 151
76 Mark Brooks 8 3 77 75 152
77 Gary Nicklaus 11 5 78 77 155
Jeff Maggert DQ 73 72 145