Dec. 6, 2018 – Diamond Resorts™, a global leader in the hospitality, vacation ownership and entertainment industries, is providing military members, veterans and first responders with two complimentary four-day general admission grounds passes to its inaugural Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions™ Presented by Insurance Office of America.
“We are honored to offer event tickets to the brave men and women who serve our country, states and communities,” said Mike Flaskey, Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Resorts. “We want them to come out to the course, enjoy this unique tournament and have a great time. This is our way of saying ‘Thank You.'”
The tournament will be the LPGA Tour’s new 2019 season opener, held Jan. 17-20, 2019 on Tranquilo Golf Course at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando, and feature LPGA winners from the 2017 and 2018 seasons competing alongside a roster of celebrity golfers.
Military members, veterans and first responders, including active and retired police, fire and emergency medical technician personnel, can enter code “SALUTE2019” during checkout at DiamondLPGA.com to receive a ticket voucher, which will be exchanged for a badge upon entry. The general public can also purchase tickets at DiamondLPGA.com. Prices range from $30 for a single day grounds pass to $60 for a four-day grounds pass.
Parking and shuttle service is complimentary with every ticket and available at the Magic Kingdom Parking Area at Walt Disney World® Resort.
The LPGA champions will play 72 holes of stroke play, with no cut, for $1.2 million in official prize money, while the sports and entertainment celebrities compete for their own $500,000 prize purse using a modified Stableford format, which awards points as opposed to strokes.
All four days of the tournament will be televised live, with Thursday and Friday on Golf Channel, and Saturday and Sunday on NBC network.
In total, 36 LPGA players have qualified to compete in the tournament, including Ariya Jutanugarn, this year’s Race to the CME Globe Champion, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Brittany Lincicome, Michelle Wie, Brooke Henderson, Minjee Lee, Sung Hyun Park, Jin Young Ko, Nelly Korda, Pernilla Lindberg, Nasa Hataoka and So Yeon Ryu.
Confirmed sports stars include Hall of Famers, All-Stars, MVPs and superstars from major sports, such as Marcus Allen, Jeremy Roenick, Mark Rypien, Brian Urlacher, John Smoltz, Ray Allen, Jon Lester, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Mark Mulder, Jerry Rice, Mardy Fish, and former NASCAR champion Michael Waltrip. Actors and entertainers include Toby Keith, Alfonso Ribeiro, Jack Wagner, Lee Brice, Cole Swindell and Larry the Cable Guy.
Also scheduled to compete is retired U.S. Army Cpl. Chad Pfeifer, who is an Iraq War veteran, amputee and three-time champion of the Bush Institute Warrior Open. Pfeifer, who is a Diamond Resorts Celebrity ambassador, began golfing in 2007 during his rehabilitation and has since been pursuing his dream of becoming the first amputee to compete on the PGA Tour.
The tournament site, Tranquilo Golf Course at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando, is unique to Central Florida for its varying elevation, abundant wildlife and protected wetlands. Originally built in 1992 and designed by Tom Fazio as Osprey Ridge, Fazio enhanced the Orlando golf course for its October 2014 launch as Tranquilo Golf Club. The course is a par 71 and plays to 6,901 yards.