Jerry Kelly Wins the Ally Challenge at Warwick Hills

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Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, Grand Blanc, MI — September 15, 2019

Jerry Kelly did just what he needed to do to capture the Ally Challenge at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club. The 2nd round leader played bogey-free golf, picking up two birdies on the front nine and two on the final nine. His 16 under par score was good for a three-shot lead on the 18th tee.

Jerry Kelly / Lasco Press Photo

Woody Austin birdied the final hole to pull within two strokes, but the outcome was never in question. Kelly’s only bobble occurred on the 16th hole. The par 5 can be reached in two and both Austin and Kelly fired at the green with their 2nd shot. Kelly landed in the greenside left rough, Austin in the rough on the opposite side of the putting surface.

Kelly’s chip was short and did not make the green, Austin chipped 15 feet behind the hole. The tournament could have taken a much different turn with a two-shot swing on this hole. Kelly’s 2nd chip settled about 8 feet below the hole, Austin just missed his birdie putt and Kelly calmly rolled his into the cup.

Woody Austin finished a disappointing 2nd, unable to close the gap on Jerry Kelly / Lasco Press Photo

The 17th Hole

Kelly birdied the 17th, much to the delight of the crowd as they finished off the day with more $2.00 beers. Austin missed a birdie putt and any chance to catch Kelly. The beer promotion was a big hit with spectators all weekend long as fans cheered and groaned depending on whether a putt dropped into the hole or tantalizingly slid by.

Too Little Too Late

Tim Petrovic had a final round 67 to finish in a 3-way tie for 3rd. Steve Flesch shot a 6 under par 66 to tie with Petrovic, David Toms was the 3rd golfer in the group at 12 under.

Retief Goosen also had the lowest round of the day with Flesch at 6 under. Goosen, tied for the lead after the first round, lost the tournament on Saturday when he carded a one-over 73. Goosen finished 6th at 11 under, five strokes behind Kelly.

Jerry Kelly hoists the winner’s trophy for the 2019 Ally Challenge / Lasco Press Photo

Rave Reviews

The tournament received outstanding reviews from the players and fans responded with great crowds despite having to battle a couple of light rain showers. Charitable donations are expected to exceed One Million Dollars for this year’s event.

Habitat for Humanity and The United Way, primary beneficiaries of the Ally Challenge charity contributions. / Lasco Press Photo

Ally Financial and McLaren Health Systems announced they have extended their primary sponsorships through 2025. Great news for the PGA Tour Champions and an awesome financial boost for the community.

Ally Challenge Final Results

Position Player To Par R1 R2 R3 TOT EARNINGS
1 Jerry Kelly -16 67 65 68 200 $300,000
2 Woody Austin -14 68 65 69 202 $176,000
T3 Tim Petrovic -12 69 68 67 204 $120,000
T3 Steve Flesch -12 68 70 66 204 $120,000
T3 David Toms -12 70 66 68 204 $120,000
6 Retief Goosen -11 66 73 66 205 $80,000
T7 Tom Byrum -10 70 67 69 206 $58,400
T7 Wes Short Jr. -10 69 67 70 206 $58,400
T7 Tom Lehman -10 69 67 70 206 $58,400
T7 Bernhard Langer -10 68 67 71 206 $58,400
T7 Tom Gillis -10 66 69 71 206 $58,400
T12 Fred Couples -9 70 70 67 207 $40,667
T12 Kenny Perry -9 70 66 71 207 $40,667
T12 Jerry Smith -9 67 68 72 207 $40,667
T15 Colin Montgomerie -8 69 70 69 208 $35,000
T15 Scott McCarron -8 66 67 75 208 $35,000
T17 Marco Dawson -7 72 70 67 209 $29,150
T17 Stephen Ames -7 70 71 68 209 $29,150
T17 Brandt Jobe -7 71 68 70 209 $29,150
T17 Chris DiMarco -7 70 68 71 209 $29,150
T21 Angel Cabrera -6 72 72 66 210 $22,200
T21 Lee Janzen -6 71 72 67 210 $22,200
T21 Glen Day -6 70 71 69 210 $22,200
T21 Doug Barron -6 70 69 71 210 $22,200
T21 Mark O’Meara -6 70 69 71 210 $22,200
T26 Scott Parel -5 76 69 66 211 $17,800
T26 Ken Tanigawa -5 69 72 70 211 $17,800
T26 Stephen Leaney -5 68 70 73 211 $17,800
T26 Gene Sauers -5 69 68 74 211 $17,800
T30 David Frost -4 70 71 71 212 $15,067
T30 Kirk Triplett -4 70 70 72 212 $15,067
T30 Bart Bryant -4 72 68 72 212 $15,067
T33 Rocco Mediate -3 72 73 68 213 $11,850
T33 Gibby Gilbert III -3 74 70 69 213 $11,850
T33 Darren Clarke -3 67 75 71 213 $11,850
T33 Jay Haas -3 67 74 72 213 $11,850
T33 Jesper Parnevik -3 72 70 71 213 $11,850
T33 Jeff Sluman -3 71 70 72 213 $11,850
T33 Greg Kraft -3 73 68 72 213 $11,850
T33 Kent Jones -3 72 68 73 213 $11,850
T41 Paul Broadhurst -2 71 73 70 214 $9,000
T41 Bob Estes -2 72 70 72 214 $9,000
T41 David McKenzie -2 72 70 72 214 $9,000
T41 Cliff Kresge -2 69 72 73 214 $9,000
T41 Steve Jones -2 73 67 74 214 $9,000
T46 Billy Andrade -1 75 71 69 215 $7,600
T46 Brandel Chamblee -1 76 70 69 215 $7,600
T48 Skip Kendall E 72 74 70 216 $6,800
T48 Esteban Toledo E 73 70 73 216 $6,800
T50 Tommy Armour III 1 72 74 71 217 $6,000
T50 Vijay Singh 1 76 70 71 217 $6,000
T52 Gary Hallberg 2 73 77 68 218 $5,067
T52 Todd Fischer 2 74 71 73 218 $5,067
T52 Duffy Waldorf 2 68 75 75 218 $5,067
T55 Joe Durant 3 73 75 71 219 $4,500
T55 John Huston 3 74 70 75 219 $4,500
T57 Tom Pernice Jr 4 75 74 71 220 $4,000
T57 Loren Roberts 4 74 73 73 220 $4,000
T57 Dan Forsman 4 76 70 74 220 $4,000
T60 Mark Walker 5 74 74 73 221 $3,300
T60 Miguel Angel Jimenez 5 74 73 74 221 $3,300
T60 Dennis Hendershott 5 75 71 75 221 $3,300
T60 Larry Mize 5 72 73 76 221 $3,300
T64 Paul Goydos 6 72 77 73 222 $2,500
T64 Dudley Hart 6 72 76 74 222 $2,500
T64 Joey Sindelar 6 72 75 75 222 $2,500
T64 Billy Mayfair 6 74 73 75 222 $2,500
T68 Corey Pavin 7 76 74 73 223 $1,940
T68 Russ Cochran 7 75 73 75 223 $1,940
T70 Sandy Lyle 8 75 73 76 224 $1,700
T70 Tom Kite 8 71 74 79 224 $1,700
72 Mark Calcavecchia 9 70 78 77 225 $1,520
73 David Eger 11 76 72 79 227 $1,400
74 Michael Allen 12 77 74 77 228 $1,320
75 Gary Nicklaus 15 78 77 76 231 $1,240
76 Mark Brooks 19 77 75 83 235 $1,160
Olin Browne WD 76 73 149
Jeff Maggert DQ 73 72 145