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Diamond Resorts, a global leader in the hospitality, vacation ownership and entertainment industries, is thrilled to welcome an electrifying lineup of country music's biggest stars to the stage in a private live concert series during the 2021 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions presented by Insurance Office of America.
The tournament's sponsors and invited guests - along with a dream roster of nearly 50 celebrity players - will be treated to three nights of exhilarating, outdoor and socially distanced live shows.
On Saturday, January 23, the concert series will conclude with a highly anticipated performance by worldwide music superstar and Billboard Country Artist of the Decade honoree, Toby Keith. Keith will perform a variety of songs from his extensive library of music, spanning 19 studio albums and five compilation albums. Over his legendary, award-winning career, Keith has amassed an impressive 61 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including 32 No. 1 hits.
The week's lineup will feature six of country music's most popular entertainers, including newly announced Diamond Celebrity ambassador and Grammy Award-winning country artist Travis
Tritt, Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Cole Swindell, multiple ACM and CMA Musical Event of the Year Award-winning artist Lee Brice, ACM and CMA Award-nominated artist Randy Houser, and former professional golfer turned country rapper Colt Ford.
Night one of the live music series will kick off the tournament on Tuesday, January 19, featuring special performances by legendary country music chart-toppers Travis
Tritt and Lee Brice. Then, on Thursday, January 21, celebrated singer-songwriters Randy Houser
and Cole Swindell
will ignite the crowd of invited guests. Colt Ford
will join Toby Keith
for the Saturday night performance, gracing the stage with yet another country music chart-topper.
The three buzzing nights of live country music are part of the tournament's unique entertainment format. The concerts will be hosted under an open-air tent at Diamond's Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club, and in accordance with all local safety guidelines. Occupancy will be strictly limited and the spacious stage and venue buildout will allow attendees to maintain safe social distancing while enjoying the performances. Additional safety protocols, including, but not limited to, a mandatory mask policy and temperature checks will be enforced by trained security staff.
The Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions marks the start of the official 2021 LPGA Tour season. The annual event invites top professional competitors from women's golf to play alongside both entertainment and pro-athlete celebrities. This year's celebrity guests include former star of ABC's "The Bachelor" Ben Higgins, NBA champion Ray Allen, World Golf Hall of Famer and Diamond Resorts Celebrity ambassador Annika Sörenstam, MLB Hall of Famer John Smoltz, comedian Larry the Cable Guy, actor and comedian Brian Baumgartner and many more.
"We are thrilled to bring a world-class concert lineup to Orlando once again for the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions," said Diamond Resorts CEO and Tournament Founder Mike Flaskey. "These exclusive performances are a big part of what makes our annual event such a unique and memorable experience, and we look forward to a safe and socially distanced week of private live concerts with some of country music's biggest stars."
The tournament has raised nearly $4 million in past years through silent and live auctions. Fans can bid on exciting auction prizes virtually this year from exclusive vacation packages to one-of-a-kind signed sports memorabilia and more. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Diamond Resorts International Foundation, a recognized 501(c)(3) organization that benefits underprivileged communities, military veterans and those in need.
A total of 43 LPGA professionals have qualified to play in this year's tournament, including Brittany Lincicome, Brooke Henderson, Nelly
Korda, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie West, Jin Young Ko, Danielle
Kang and defending champion Gaby Lopez. LPGA champion commitments will be announced closer to the tournament date. The LPGA champions will play 72 holes of stroke play for $1.2 million in official prize money, while the roster of sports and entertainment celebrities will compete for their own $500,000 purse using a modified Stableford format.
The 4-day tournament will be televised live on Golf Channel from January 21-22 and on Golf Channel and NBC from January 23-24.