Ally Challenge Underway, Jack Nicklaus and Miranda Lambert Entertain

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Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, Grand Blanc, MI — August 26, 2023

The PGA Tour Champions are finally playing golf at Warwick Hills in The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren. Torrential rains left the course unplayable, causing the first round to be postponed to Saturday.

Golfers will try and complete 36 holes today, along with all the other activities scheduled for the event.

Early Action

Paul Stankowski got off to a fast start. Playing with the second group off the first tee, Stankowski carded five birdies over his opening nine holes.

Jeff Maggert one-upped that score, making birdies on four of the first five holes and then sinking his approach shot from the fairway on number nine for an eagle. Giving him a score of 30, six under par, for the first nine holes.

Vijay Singh shot two under after nine holes, starting his round on number 10. He caught fire on the final nine with birdies on one, two, and four. Followed by an eagle out of the fairway on the sixth hole. Singh did make a bogey on his next-to-last hole to finish his round at six under.

Vijay Singh / Lasco Press Photo

The trio of Stankowski, Maggert, and Singh were the leaders in the clubhouse at the conclusion of Round One. By comparison, pre-tournament favorites Bernhard Langer(-3) and Steve Stricker(-2) trailed by three and four strokes respectively.

Round Two

The low round of the afternoon session was the same as round one, six-under-par. Darren Clarke, Paul Goydos, Stephen Ames, and John Huston each recorded 66. For Clarke and Goydos, it propelled them into the tournament lead at 11 under par.

Four players are tied for third at ten under par. Stephen Ames, Harrison Frazar, Jeff Maggert, and Vijay Singh. Bernhard Langer sits alone in seventh place at nine under.

Bernhard Langer / Lasco Press Photo

Defending Champion Steve Stricker is tied for 12th place, five strokes back at six under par.

Play in the final round of the Ally Challenge presented by McLaren begins at 9:15 in the morning, with players going off both nines.

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Leaderboard after Two Rounds of The Ally Challenge at Warwick Hills

POS PLAYER To Par R1 R2 TOT

T1

Darren Clarke

-11

67

66

133

T1

Paul Goydos

-11

67

66

133

T3

Stephen Ames

-10

68

66

134

T3

Harrison Frazar

-10

67

67

134

T3

Jeff Maggert

-10

66

68

134

T3

Vijay Singh

-10

66

68

134

7

Bernhard Langer

-8

69

67

136

T8

Shane Bertsch

-7

69

68

137

T8

Richard Green

-7

70

67

137

T8

John Huston

-7

71

66

137

T8

Paul Stankowski

-7

66

71

137

T12

Lee Janzen

-6

71

67

138

T12

Tim Petrovic

-6

69

69

138

T12

Steve Stricker

-6

70

68

138

T12

David Toms

-6

69

69

138

T16

Alex Cejka

-5

69

70

139

T16

Mario Tiziani

-5

69

70

139

T18

Stuart Appleby

-4

69

71

140

T18

Jason Bohn

-4

70

70

140

T18

David Branshaw

-4

71

69

140

T18

K.J. Choi

-4

70

70

140

T18

Joe Durant

-4

67

73

140

T18

Brian Gay

-4

70

70

140

T18

Retief Goosen

-4

71

69

140

T18

Rob Labritz

-4

69

71

140

T18

Justin Leonard

-4

73

67

140

T18

Tim O’Neal

-4

69

71

140

T18

Kirk Triplett

-4

73

67

140

T29

Woody Austin

-3

70

71

141

T29

Paul Broadhurst

-3

70

71

141

T29

Steve Flesch

-3

69

72

141

T29

Tom Gillis

-3

70

71

141

T29

Mark Hensby

-3

70

71

141

T29

Jerry Kelly

-3

72

69

141

T29

Billy Mayfair

-3

71

70

141

T29

Boo Weekley

-3

71

70

141

T29

Y.E. Yang

-3

69

72

141

T38

Bob Estes

-2

71

71

142

T38

Thongchai Jaidee

-2

73

69

142

T38

Scott McCarron

-2

69

73

142

T38

Rocco Mediate

-2

70

72

142

T38

Dicky Pride

-2

71

71

142

T38

Mike Weir

-2

71

71

142

T38

David McKenzie

-2

71

71

T45

Steven Alker

-1

68

75

143

T45

Glen Day

-1

73

70

143

T45

Jim Furyk

-1

71

72

143

T45

Rod Pampling

-1

68

75

143

T45

Kenny Perry

-1

74

69

143

T45

Brett Quigley

-1

70

73

143

T45

Charlie Wi

-1

74

69

143

T52

Carlos Franco

E

70

74

144

T52

Ken Tanigawa

E

72

72

144

T52

Esteban Toledo

E

71

73

144

T52

Scott Verplank

E

75

69

144

T56

David Duval

1

71

74

145

T56

Dan Forsman

1

74

71

145

T56

Fran Quinn

1

74

71

145

T59

Olin Browne

2

74

72

146

T59

Davis Love

2

77

69

146

T61

Tim Ailes

3

73

74

147

T61

Ken Duke

3

71

76

147

T61

Len Mattiace

3

72

75

147

T61

Jeff Sluman

3

72

75

147

T65

Marco Dawson

4

75

73

148

T65

Chris DiMarco

4

77

71

148

T65

Scott Dunlap

4

75

73

148

T65

Tim Herron

4

74

74

148

T65

Scott Parel

4

76

72

148

T65

Corey Pavin

4

73

75

148

T71

Kent Jones

5

73

76

149

T71

Duffy Waldorf

5

71

78

149

T73

Mark O’Meara

6

78

72

150

T73

Wes Short,

6

77

73

150

75

Tom Pernice

7

76

75

151

76

Brian Cooper

9

77

76

153

77

Mike Stone

10

73

73

78

John Daly

11

81

74

155

 

Celebrity Challenge

Two teams captained by Boxer Andre Dirrell from Flint, Michigan, and Darren McCarty of the Detroit Red Wings competed in the two-hole Celebrity Challenge. With the great Jack Nicklaus as coach, and mulligan putter.

It was all in good fun as Ally Financial donated $15,000 each to My Brother’s Keeper and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Flint.

Community Concert

The day’s events were capped off with the Community Concert highlighted by Miranda Lambert. One of the biggest crowds ever turned out to see and hear the country superstar bring her hits to the Ally Challenge stage.