(Reuters) – The Diamond Resorts Event of Champions, a winners-only occasion, will open the 2019 LPGA Tour season in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the Girls Skilled Golf Affiliation introduced on Wednesday.
The brand new occasion, to be held Jan. 17-20 on the Tranquilo Golf Membership, will function the winners of the final two LPGA seasons together with 45 movie star members and 10 amateurs, who will likely be paired with LPGA Tour gamers in a Pebble Seashore Professional-Am fashion occasion.
The LPGA gamers will compete for a $1.2 million purse whereas the celebrities will play for a $500,000 on the 4 Seasons Resort Orlando.
“This will likely be an expertise like none different on our Tour,” LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan stated. “It will likely be revered as an ideal reward for LPGA gamers who play nicely sufficient to make
it into the winner’s circle yearly.”
4 gamers have earned invites this 12 months to the 2019 Event of Champions – Brittany Lincicome, Jin Younger Ko, Jessica Korda and Michelle Wie.
They are going to be joined by different 2018 winners and 2017 champions together with Shanshan Feng, Danielle Kang, Cristie Kerr, Anna Nordqvist and Lexi Thompson.
Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina, enhancing by Ed Osmond