IMAGE: Ally Challenge Health Tent

The prestigious Ally Challenge is presented by McLaren Health Care, which has a distinct presence in a pavilion that not only promotes wellness but is there for the players just in case.

As pros take to the course for the first day of competition, not far away are medical professionals in case of an emergency.

"He is on call for the whole tournament. The players have his phone number and the players are allowed to call him 24/7 if they need help,” said Laurie Prochazka, vice president of marketing at McLaren Health Care.

Prochazka helps run the health and wellness tent at the Ally Challenge. She said one of their doctors remains on standby throughout the entire event and has even assisted in one player’s recovery so far.

"He was treated and released and left smiling,” Prochazka said.

The players aren't the only ones the medical staff is keeping their eyes on. As spectators and staff walk around the beautiful course, they're encouraged to look out for their own health.

“We thought this is a great opportunity to make up our walking, so we're finding out from them all about the pedometers and how we can benefit from them,” said Michele Vennix, an Auburn resident.

To stay safe, especially in warm weather, it’s important to be prepared. Prochazka said they have plenty of sunscreen and water on hand for those in need.

“It's all about learning a little more about your health and having some fun too!" she said.

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