It's a busy week for Tom Gillis.
The Lake Orion resident has been surrounded by friends and family as he prepares to tee it up today in his hometown tournament — the Champions Tour's inaugural Ally Challenge, at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc.
He's also been popular with the media. During Thursday's pro-am, Gillis welcomed a Champions Tour reporter and videographer to join him for a stroll up the 18th fairway.
During the walk, there was some fascinating conversation, including stories of the time Gillis — as a 17-year-old fan — got booted from the Buick Open gallery, plus the time Gillis took a golf ball to the side of the head, and decided to drink away the pain.
For that and more, check out this 12-minute video, courtesy of the Champions Tour:
Gillis, 50, a Champions Tour rookie, is playing in his third tournament since becoming eligible for the 50-and-older circuit.
In his first two events, he finished tied for third both times, and has earned $250,000, putting him good position to make the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs.
He is one of two locals in the field this week, along with Tom Werkmeister, a Warren native, Grandville resident and, like Gillis, a Champions Tour rookie.