If you're a golf fan and live in Detroit, you're in luck this summer.
The Rocket Mortgage Classic announced on Sunday a new initiative offering all Detroiters free access and participation in events leading up to the first round of tournament play July 28-31 at Detroit Golf Club.
The Detroit Community Days on Tuesday, July 26 and Wednesday, July 27 will give locals complimentary admission and parking for Tuesday's AREA 313 Celebrity Scramble and the Youth Golf Clinic, and Wednesday's Delta Dental Pro-Am.
“One of our overarching goals is to make the Rocket Mortgage Classic accessible to all Detroiters," Jason Langwell, executive director of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, said. "Opening our doors with complimentary access to our one-of-a-kind special events on Tuesday and Wednesday alongside a dedicated partner (DTE) will provide a terrific way for everyone to be able join in the excitement of a week that is so special to our community.”
The Rocket Mortgage Classic returns to the Detroit Golf Club for the fourth straight year, with Australian Cameron Davis the defending champion, after winning in an epic playoff.
The inaugural AREA 313 Celebrity Scramble, pairing top PGA Tour pros with celebrity amateurs in a fun and lighthearted three-hole scramble on holes 14-16, was awarded “Best Special Event” during the PGA Tour's 2018-19 season. Previous participants have included Bryson DeChambeau, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, and Dustin Johnson, as well as celebrities Barry Sanders, Tom Izzo, Dylan Larkin, Jerome Bettis and Larry Fitzgerald.
The clinic brings youth golfers to the driving range to learn from the pros, which in the past have included Gary Woodland and Cameron Champ.
“The Youth Golf Clinic and Detroit Community Days are two great opportunities to engage our local youth as well as celebrate the community we’re so proud to call home,” Laura Grannemann, vice president of the Rocket Community Fund and Rocket Giving Fund Board Member, said. “We strive to leverage every aspect of the Rocket Mortgage Classic to uplift residents and invest in our communities.”
The Delta Dental Pro-Am gives fans the opportunity to see pros up close playing the course, with each pro matched up with four amateur golfers in a relaxed, intimate atmosphere. With smaller galleries, spectators will have the best views of their favorite players — better than on any other day during the 72-hole, four-day tournament.
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