Tournament Director of the Ally Challenge
September 11, 2019
It all started with the Buick Open at Warwick Hills in 1958. The event attracted the very best the golf world had to offer, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Tiger Woods, who set the course record (along with Billy Mayfair, at an 11 under 61).
After a 51 year run, the event ended with the financial meltdown and subsequent bankruptcy of Buick parent, General Motors.
But golf came roaring back to Warwick Hills, in 2018 with the Ally Challenge, presented by McLaren, part of the Senior Champions Tour. It features 78 PGA Tour pros, competing for a two million dollar purse.
Not only is the golf incredible, but local charities will be the beneficiaries, including the Flint CANUSA Games. The event features a celebrity shoot out that pairs up the Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, musician and Detroit icon, Kid Rock, Detroit Red Wing great, Henrik Zetterberg, and country music superstar, Dierks Bentley.
Chris Coffman, Tournament Director of the Ally Challenge, presented by McLaren, joins Fish for what can only be called a lively, funny, and insightful dive in to golf, this year’s event, and a little bit of hilarity. It’s an interview that would please Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Eldrick Woods, and Carl Spackler. It’s no Cinderella Story—this is a Big League golf discussion and it’s all right here on Fish and the Flint Chronicles! It’s in the HOLE!