As champions of happier and healthier living through the power of vacations, Diamond Resorts International (NYSE: DRII) presented the Diamond Resorts Invitational last summer, benefiting Florida Hospital for Children, set to take place 12 – 17 January 2016 at The Golden Bear Club in Windermere, Florida. The week-long, world-class event will feature an 84-person field in a 54-hole celebrity tournament covered live on Golf Channel, as well as headline concerts, entertainment, excursions and memorable vacation experiences for the whole family, according to a previously issued press release.
Returning for its third year, the Brian Gay Invitational presented by Diamond Resorts International will kick off the event with a celebrity-amateur, 18-hole Stableford golf competition featuring foursomes comprised of three amateurs paired with one celebrity. The top ten amateurs will advance to play alongside world-famous celebrities in the Diamond Resorts Invitational, a nationally televised, 54-hole Stableford golf tournament. Exciting amateur prizes will include a chance to win a Platinum membership in The Club at Diamond Resorts International.
All with sponsorship opportunities aplenty, distributed on national broadcaster NBC, for those interested.
Celebrity participants, who will include stars from the worlds of both sports and entertainment, will compete for a USD 500,000 purse. Celebrity participants from previous tournaments have included baseball Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson, Gaylord Perry and John Smoltz, Super Bowl MVPs Marcus Allen, Richard Dent and Mark Rypien, and World Series champions Johnny Damon, Kevin Millar, Frank Viola, Tim Wakefield, Troy Glaus and Roger Clemens. The three-day tournament will be televised live on Golf Channel, and then replayed in primetime Monday 18 January through Wednesday 20 January 2016. Enhancing the action will be an evening gala and headline concert at Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club, a Diamond Resorts flagship resort in Orlando. Past concert performers have included country music superstars Darius Rucker and Chris Young.
With a strong belief in the power and value of vacations to nurture our humanity, Diamond Resorts International will deliver a full-scale, multidimensional vacation experience consisting of activities for all ages, family friendly excursions, dinner parties and headline concerts. Diamond Resorts Invitational participants and their families will be comfortable in their home-away-from-home accommodations at Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club. Centered in the heart of all the Orlando fun and theme park entertainment, this beautiful resort offers condo-sized vacation villas and resort-style amenities featuring multiple pools, a fitness center and dining options.
According to Michael Flaskey, Executive Vice President, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Diamond Resorts International, “The Diamond Resorts Invitational provides us with a unique opportunity to showcase what we do best at Diamond Resorts International, and that is to provide families with memorable and meaningful experiences that let them Stay Vacationed all year long. With Diamond Resorts, it’s not about just taking vacations, it’s about letting vacations take you to a better place. We believe this event is the epitome of what we strive to deliver every day at our resorts around the world.”