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John Smoltz to Defend Tournament of Champions Title
Diamond Resorts announces two players joining their roster for the Tournament of Champions coming this January: John Smoltz and Brittany Lincicome.
John Smoltz is an American baseball legend. He spent 22 seasons in Major League Baseball, winning the World Series with the Atlanta Braves in 1995, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015.
Now, he has a new challenge: golf. And he isn’t laying down his clubs anytime soon.
Smoltz plans to return to the game in January 2020 to defend his title at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions Presented by Insurance Office of America. Smoltz will, without a doubt, bring his A-game to the tournament as he aims for his second win.
He’ll have some stiff competition, too.
Smoltz will be competing against celebrities, such as Super Bowl MVP Marcus Allen; MLB All-Star Mark Mulder; actor Jack Wagner; country singer-songwriter Lee Brice; MLB Hall of Famers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux and more to be announced.
As an official LPGA event, the tournament features only LPGA winners from the previous two seasons competing for $1.2 million in official prize money. While the LPGA pros play 72 holes of stroke play with no cut, they’re joined on the course by sports and entertainment celebrities competing for their own $500,000 purse using a modified Stableford format. A group of amateur golfers, who qualify during the event’s pro-am, also play alongside the stars during official tournament rounds.
LPGA professional Brittany Lincicome will also be vying for a win.
Lincicome missed most of the 2019 LPGA tour season on maternity leave, but her competitive spirit hasn’t dwindled.
She has said the Tournament of Champions will be her official return to the LPGA. Lincicome has eight LPGA career wins, including two back-to-back victories at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic in 2017 and 2018. She is also currently a Diamond Resorts Celebrity ambassador and meets Diamond members throughout the year as part of the Events of a Lifetime series.
All four days of play are nationally televised, with Thursday and Friday on Golf Channel, and Saturday and Sunday on NBC. But nothing beats catching the competition live at Tranquilo Golf Course at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando.
Several ticket packages are available for purchase, ranging from $30 for a single day grounds pass to $60 for a 4-day pass. This year, Diamond Resorts is also offering a limited number of Club 18 packages that include seats in a skybox on hole 18 with a fully catered lunch and premium open bar, plus access to two private evening events that are traditionally only open to LPGA players, celebrities and tournament sponsors. Club 18 packages are priced at $3,000.
New for 2020, fans purchasing a single day or 4-day grounds pass, will be able to add a Taste & Travel Pass to their ticket. The pass is available in five or 10-tab options, priced $40 and $80 respectively. Fans can exchange the tabs for specialty food and drink items at destination-themed stations located around the golf course.
Those interested can get tickets at DiamondLPGA.com
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