Saturday, September 24, 2016

Disney to host hospital invitational golf outing

The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will again again host the Diamond Resorts Invitational benefit for the Florida Hospital for Children in January.
Disney publicity photo of The Four Seasons Resort

The three-day, three-round event will feature 30 PGA TOUR players and up to 50 athletes and celebrities in two distinct competitions for money totaling $1.25 million, according to a Disney news release.

“We are excited to offer our players a chance to compete alongside some of the most recognizable names in entertainment and sports in this unique ‘Challenge Season’ event,” PGA TOUR Champions President Greg McLaughlin said in the release. “Proceeds from the tournament’s live and silent auctions will benefit Florida Hospital for Children and leave a lasting charitable impact.”

Celebrity such as Marcus Allen, Roger Clemens, Josh Donaldson, Colt Ford, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Brian McCann, Kevin Millar, Mark Mulder, Blair O’Neal, Alfonso Ribeiro, Jeremy Roenick, Mark Rypien, John Smoltz, Brian Urlacher, Justin Verlander, Larry the Cable Guy and defending champion Mardy Fish will be participating, the release said.

PGA players will compete for $750,000 over the 54-hole tournament, while the celebrities will play for a $500,000 purse. Threesomes will include one PGA player and two celebrities.

The event will take place Jan. 13-15, 2017.

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