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Friday was the first official day of competition at the Ally Challenge and spectators and fans have already gathered in droves to watch the competition.

One look around the golf course at Warwick Hills and you can see the excitement from spectators as PGA tour golf resumes.

In fact, one die-hard fan literally called off work to join the fun.

"Took the whole week off, get out here for the practice round and the Pro-Am and tournament rounds. Started marshaling and stuff like that and having a lot of fun out here,” said Vern Cranick, a Grand Blanc resident.

Ann Wright and her husband Ken said it feels more like a homecoming, and not just for them, but for the entire community.

"It was always a big draw. You know, the small businesses the restaurants. You know, everybody benefited from it,” she said.

The admiration fans have for the players never went away either, which is why there so glad to see so many of them return.

“When it left, they promised we'd have golf back again. And a lot of times that doesn't happen, but we do have golf back just like they promised," Cranick said. 

As the tournament continues to go throughout the entire weekend, many of them said they can't wait to have it again next year.

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