GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJRT) - (09/12/18) - Golf fans have been waiting for the return of professional golf to Warwick Hills for nearly a decade. So have hundreds of dedicated volunteers.
"The magic is back in Grand Blanc," said Larry Nichols, gallery services vice chairman.
Part of that magic includes the volunteers who are eager to help make the Ally Challenge a success.
"There is approximately 900 total volunteers across the entire campus of our club right now. And they will be involved. They started Sunday night," Nichols said. "We had volunteers that actually started here about 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon, and they will be here through early morning Monday morning to make this all happen."
Nichols volunteered for the Buick Open for more than two decades, and like many, was devastated when it left. It had been a family affair for him. The same goes for vice chairwoman of scoring Kathy Coriasso.
"My whole family. My husband, his parents. My mother in law was volunteer of the year one year at the Buick Open," Coriasso said.
"My wife and I have been volunteering for years, decades actually. She was just a child when she first started, but we've enjoyed the event and we continue to," Nichols said.
They've enjoyed it so much that they will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary at the Champions Circle on Sunday.
"Today marks the beginning of a new era and it's like old home week. It's a reunion of the family. All the volunteers that I remember from the early days are back. The excitement is high. It's going to be a great week," Nichols said.
"It's an awesome thing for our club. We missed it when Buick left. I know there's been individuals working hard to get a tournament back here and so it's back and we couldn't be happier," Coriasso said.