January 12-14 the Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World will host one of the most unique golf tournaments featuring 30 PGA TOUR Champions players, five LPGA stars, and over 50 sports and entertainment celebrities competing side by side for two separate purses totaling $1.25 million. All three rounds will be nationally televised by Golf Channel and played utilizing a Modified Stableford scoring format, which awards points as opposed to strokes.
Military and First Responders will be presented with complimentary admission to the Third Annual Diamond Resorts Invitational benefiting Florida Hospital for Children. Diamond Resorts International, creator of the event, will once again provide two complimentary three-day grounds passes for all active and retired military, active and retired police, fire and emergency medical technician personnel. This offer is only valid with online registration. All invitees can enter the promo code “SALUTE2018” at DRIGolf.com, following the link to purchase tickets and then enter the promo code. Participants must show photo ID and official military or first responder identification to receive the complimentary admission. Parking is complimentary at Magic Kingdom with event ticket.
On Tuesday, January 9 sports stars and celebrities will visit pediatric patients and their families at the Florida Hospital for Children in the morning for a game of putt-putt and room visits. Some of the participants include Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz, TV star jack Wagner, Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, PGA TOUR Champions player John Cook, military hero Chad Pfeifer, Golf Channel host Blair O’Neal, LPGA player Brittany Lincicome, Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson, and Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip.
GERINA PILLER & Sir NICK FALDO ARE COMING TO PLAY:
Gerina Piller, who is pregnant with her first child and expected to be off the LPGA tour, decided to come and play alongside her fellow LPGA and Solheim Cup participants.
“I’m feeling good and I want to stay sharp, so I’m looking forward to teeing it up against the men, both pros and celebrities,” said Piller. “The unique format of the Diamond Resorts Invitational makes it special, and it’s important that the LPGA is a key component.”
“Gerina is an incredibly talented golfer and we’re excited to have her join us on the course in just a few days,” said Mike Flaskey, CEO of Diamond Resorts International. “No one expected her to compete this year, so we’re honored she decided to join our field of LPGA stars for the tournament.”
Six time major champion and World Golf Hall Of Fame member, Sir Nick Faldo, has decided to join the field. “I have often heard how much people enjoy playing the Diamond Resorts Invitational with its exceptional hospitality and roster of competitors,” offered Faldo. “When it fit into my schedule, it was the first golf call I made for 2018. Now it’s my season opener.”
“Nick is one of golf’s greatest champions and having him involved in our tournament not only impacts the attention and attendance, but more importantly, our beneficiary, Florida Hospital for Children,” said Flaskey. “The tournament has been an enormous hit, being nationally televised on Golf Channel and becoming part of PGA TOUR Champions Challenge season schedule. Now we’re excited to welcome an international superstar to our field of talented professionals.”
About DIAMOND RESORTS INTERNATIONAL:
Diamond Resorts International is a worldwide leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries with a network of more than 370 vacation destinations located in 35 counties throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa.
Diamond Resorts offers its members the opportunity to create priceless memories through innovative vacation choices including one-in-a-lifetime excursions to world renowned landmarks, unforgettable guided tours to dream destinations, and access to exclusive VIP concert experiences, high-energy sporting events and exciting shows. With high-quality resorts
in desirable destinations, we provide the kind of vacation experiences that help our members, owners and guests reconnect with loved ones, collect a lifetime of meaningful memories and keep that Stay Vacationed feeling all year long.
Diamond Resorts manages vacation ownership resorts and sells vacation ownership points that provide members and owners with Vacations for Life at managed and affiliated properties and cruise itineraries.
Please Visit DRIGolf.com for tickets and information on all the events this week.