The second installment of the Ally Challenge will be Sept. 13-15, 2019, at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, tournament officials announced Wednesday.
The inaugural 50-and-older Champions Tour tournament was held last month, and won by England's Paul Broadhurst, who emerged victorious in a field of 78 players that included some of the legends of the game.
The tournament marked the return of major pro golf to Warwick Hills, which long was the host of the PGA Tour's popular Buick Open. That tournament last was held in 2009.
“What an amazing week at Warwick Hills,” tournament director Chris Coffman said in a statement. “We certainly have a solid foundation to build on… from the wonderful crowds filled with tremendous golf fans, to one of the best fields on the (Champions Tour), to our dedicated group of more than 900 volunteers, to the best host site on Tour.
"We are most excitedly looking forward to 2019 and beyond.”
Specific attendance figures for last month's tournament weren't immediately, though crowds were noticeably lighter than they were for the PGA Tour stop. That's pretty common on the Champions Tour, which has draws in the likes of John Daly and Fred Couples, but can't compete with names like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. That said, the crowd at the par-3 17th — one of the most-raucous during all those years on the PGA Tour — still was plenty lively, especially as the weekend went along.
The charitable impact on the community will be announced in the coming weeks, Champions Tour officials said Wednesday. The main beneficiaries include Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan and Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
In 2019, there will be five major pro-tour golf tournaments in Michigan. In addition to the Ally Challenge, there will be three LPGA Tournaments (Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and an inaugural tournament in Midland), as well as the PGA Tour's first stop ever in the city limits of Detroit, with the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club in June.
The Senior PGA Championship, a Champions Tour major, takes a year off from Michigan in its every-other-year run in Benton Harbor. It returns in 2020, 2022 and 2024.