Red Wings Coach and Fireworks Added to Ally Challenge Event Schedule

Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Jeff Blashill joins Celebrity Shootout with Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, and Tom Izzo at the Ally Challenge. Fireworks show added after Community Concert featuring Country Superstars "Little Big Town" Saturday Night

Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, Grand Blanc, MI — August 21, 2020

Officials of The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren announced that Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill is 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, August 28th following the last tournament pairing of round two, and begin on Hole No. 10 at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club.

“Saturday is going to be a can’t miss day at The Ally Challenge with tournament play, a legendary lineup for the Celebrity Shootout and Little Big Town at the Community Concert,” said Andrea Brimmer, Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer at Ally. “Come out and join us for a great time that also gives back to this vibrant community.”

Jeff Blashill

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’s history, Blashill ascended to his current role as head coach of the Red Wings on June 9, 2015.

Detroit Red Wings Coach Jeff Blashill / Photo Courtesy of

“I’m thrilled to join the lineup for the Celebrity Shootout and look forward to raising money for charitable organizations in my home state of Michigan while having some fun at beautiful Warwick Hills,” Blashill said. “Having the opportunity to play alongside golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino is incredibly exciting, and I hope along the way to pick up a few tips to improve my game.”

Over his first six seasons as Detroit’s head coach, Blashill has overseen a 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. Among the players who have worked their way up the depth chart during Blashill’s tenure are Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Mantha, and Tyler Bertuzzi. All four scored 20-or-more goals during the 2018-19 campaign to make the Red Wings one of just four teams in the NHL; Calgary, Toronto, and Winnipeg being the other three to have at least four 20-goal scorers under the age of 25.

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 posted the sixth-best winning percentage (0.567) of any first-year head coach in Red Wings history. Through six seasons with the team, Blashill’s head coaching record stands at 172-221-62.

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 Celebrity Shoutout

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).

Pairings, charity designations, and hole value breakdowns for the Celebrity Shootout are provided below.


Nicklaus and Izzo (Shelter of Flint)


Trevino and Blashill (Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan)

Hole Nos. 10………………….$2,000

Hole Nos. 11………………….$3,000

Hole No. 12……………………$5,000



Nicklaus and Blashill (Local Initiatives Support Corporation Flint)


Trevino and Izzo (My Brother’s Keeper of Genesee County)

Hole Nos. 13………………….$2,000

Hole Nos. 14………………….$3,000

Hole No. 15……………………$5,000



Nicklaus and Trevino (Genesee County Habitat for Humanity)


Blashill and Izzo (YWCA Genesee County)

Hole Nos. 16………………….$2,000

Hole Nos. 17………………….$3,000

Hole No. 18……………………$5,000


TOTAL PURSE………………. $30,000

 “The pairings and format for the Celebrity Shootout will make for an incredibly unique and exciting Saturday at The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren,” said Tournament Director Matt Stepnes. “Fans are sure to see thrilling competition as the celebrities battle for bragging rights, and, most important, raise money for some incredibly deserving Southeastern Michigan charities.”

Fireworks Display Added

In related news, The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren will include a fireworks display on Saturday evening, August 28, 2021, following the tournament’s Community Concert presented by Ally. The concert will be headlined by Little Big Town, the winner of multiple Grammy, Emmy, ACM, CMA, and AMA Awards. Immediately following Little Big Town’s performance on the driving range at Warwick Hills will be the 10-minute fireworks display.


The Ally Challenge

The Ally Challenge will be one of the premier Regular Season events on the PGA TOUR Champions in 2021, which will give way to the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs¾a season-ending, three-tournament series used to determine the TOUR’s season-long champion. Due to the circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, PGA TOUR Champions has combined its tournaments in 2020 and 2021 to form one season, and the next Charles Schwab Cup champion will be crowned Nov. 11-14, 2021 at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Phoenix Country Club.

All three rounds of The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren will be broadcast on Golf Channel.

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 About The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren

The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren is an official event on the PGA TOUR Champions and is owned and operated by Tournaments for Charity, a Michigan non-profit corporation. This 54-hole stroke play golf tournament features 78 PGA TOUR Champions professionals competing for a $2 million purse at historic Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan. The event is designed to showcase the best golf on the PGA TOUR Champions for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit local charities in the greater Flint area. All three official rounds will be televised internationally on the Golf Channel.

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