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Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions Kicks Off in Las Vegas
The weather is cooling down across the country, but the golf scene is heating up as Diamond Resorts has officially kicked off its inaugural Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions Presented by Insurance Office of America with a star-studded media event on Oct. 9, 2018 in Las Vegas.
Set for January 17-20, 2019 at Tranquilo Golf Course at Four Seasons Orlando in Florida, the tournament will be the LPGA Tour’s new season opener and one of the most unique events in professional golf.
To commemorate the excitement, Diamond assembled some of the biggest names in sports, including former Los Angeles Raiders Super Bowl MVP Marcus Allen, former NHL All-Star Jeremy Roenick and former Washington Redskins quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien.
Having competed in Diamond’s previous tournament, the Diamond Resorts Invitational, the sports stars spoke about the event’s unique format of joining celebrities with LPGA professionals.
Diamond also announced it has partnered with Insurance Office of America as the Official Sponsor of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions” and as the “Official Insurance Broker of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions.”
IOA Chairman and co-founder John Ritenour said in a press release that the full-service insurance agency is excited to be parting with Diamond on the event.
“This is our first LPGA event after years of sponsorship of the Symetra Tour in three different cities,” he said. “Being part of an event where there is strong competition, camaraderie, fun, and support for the game aligns with IOA perfectly. We feel it’s important to invest in these promising young professional women players, and we look forward to seeing their growth and the growth of the event in the future.”
At present, 35 LPGA champions from the 2017 and 2018 seasons have qualified to compete. They’ll be playing 72 holes of stroke play with no cut for $1.2 million in official prize money. Those qualified include Brittany Lincicome, Brooke Henderson and In-Kyung Kim. Click here for a full list of the qualified professionals.
Playing alongside the LPGA champions – and for their own $500,000 prize purse – will be a world-class field of celebrities, including Roenick, Allen and Rypien, along with actors Alfonso Ribeiro and Jack Wagner, among other stars.
The event will be televised on Golf Channel and NBC, but nothing will beat catching the action live on the course. (Stay tuned to Diamond Resorts on Twitter for updates on when tickets go on sale.)