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The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren Statement Regarding COVID-19

Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The PGA TOUR made the announcement on March 17 that due to the ongoing health crisis related to COVID-19, all PGA TOUR Champions events through the week of May 10 have been postponed or canceled. Furthermore, the PGA of America has postponed the PGA Championship (May 14-17) for a date later this year, to be announced. 

As a result of this news, we wanted to provide an update regarding The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren’s 2020 playing, scheduled for July 27 – August 2.

First and foremost, the health and safety of everyone associated with The Ally Challenge and our community will continue to be our number one priority as we navigate the ongoing health crisis related to the Coronavirus pandemic.

This is obviously a very fluid situation that requires constant review, communication and transparency, and we – working closely with the PGA TOUR, Ally and McLaren – are dedicated to all three aspects. Therefore, as of today, we are proceeding with the planning and execution tied to hosting the third annual The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren. As we continue to prepare for the 2020 tournament, we will carefully monitor information provided by the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control along with local and state government health agencies. On a regular basis, we will provide status updates including any additional protocols put in place to ensure the health and safety of all who will be on site at the end of July.

We encourage our fans to stay informed on the developments of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 through official sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website ( and We will provide further updates as new information becomes available.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Matt Stepnes named Tournament Director of award-winning PGA TOUR Champions event 


GRAND BLANC, Mich. – Officials of The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren announced today that Matt Stepnes has been named tournament director of the HNS Sports Group managed, award-winning PGA TOUR Champions event, now entering its third year at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club.

Stepnes joins The Ally Challenge management team after seven plus years with the PGA TOUR, including sales and marketing for the Genesis Open at Riviera and management within the PGA TOUR’s Official Marketing Partnership division of in-market activations at over 28 tournaments. Most recently, Stepnes served as the Sales Director for the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic PGA TOUR event at Detroit Golf Club.

Stepnes has more than 20 years of professional career experience in sports and event marketing, with a focus on golf and team sports, including the NBA, NHL and MLB. He currently resides in Rochester Hills, Mich., with his wife Valerie and their two children, son Jack (16) and daughter Taylor (14).

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