ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE:HGV), the world’s leading vacation ownership company, announces that approximately 50 stars from music, entertainment and sports will join the 2023 Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) Tour of Champions. The annual tournament serves as the LPGA Tour season opener and is one of the LPGA’s most watched events of the year.
This year’s tournament, which features celebrities competing against the LPGA Tour’s biggest winners, includes seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, co-host of the “Today” show. Dylan Dreyer, former Boston Red Sox pitcher and two-time MLB World Series champion Tim Wakefield and other.
“This is shaping up to be one of the most exciting rosters we’ve ever seen, with world-class sports and entertainment icons joining our celebrity roster,” said Mark Wang, president and CEO of Hilton Grand Vacations . “We are excited to continue our commitment to women’s golf by launching another incredible LPGA Tour season.”
Celebrity contestants competing in the 2023 HGV Tournament of Champions will also include:
World Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam
NBA All-Star Vince Carter
Former NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald
Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen
Grammy-nominated country music artist and songwriter Lee Brice
The “Ant-Man” actor. Michael Pena
MLB World Series Champion John Smoltz
“The Bachelor” TV personality. Wells Adams
“The Bachelor” TV personality. Ben Higgins
“The Office” actor and comedian. Brian Baumgartner
“The Prince of Bel Air” actor Alfonso Ribeiro
To celebrate the return of the highly anticipated HGV Tournament of Champions, the company is hosting an exclusive media event on November 28, where some of this year’s esteemed participants will come together to share their predictions for the upcoming tournament. The event, which takes place at the renowned Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, features Wakefield, Higgins and Sörenstam. Fresh off her LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship triumph, Olympic golfer and LPGA Tour winner Jodi Ewart Shadoff will also join the panel.
The HGV Tour of Champions is legendary for its world-class experiences that extend beyond the course, including an exclusive three-night private concert series that will feature R&B icons En Vogue, Grammy-winning country-pop star Maren Morris and superstar pop. Ellie Goulding. Pop culture icon Paris Hilton, EDM vocalist Emma Hewitt and Australian DJ duo NERVO will also perform. The tour is part of the company’s new experiential events platform, HGV Ultimate Access, which offers members and guests unforgettable holiday experiences designed to appeal to the next generation of travellers. The company hosts thousands of events a year, including private concerts, chef dinners and celebrity get-togethers.
LPGA Tour winners in the past two seasons will compete for $1.5 million in official prize money, while celebrities compete for a separate purse of $500,000. The four-day HGV Tournament of Champions will be held January 19-22, 2023, on the championship golf course of Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando and will be televised nationally on NBC and the Golf Channel.
To learn more about the tournament and inquire about sponsorship opportunities that provide exclusive access to the tournament and concert series, visit www.HGVLPGA.com.
About Hilton Grand Vacations Inc.
Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE: HGV) is recognized as a leading global timeshare company. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Hilton Grand Vacations develops, markets and operates a system of high-quality, brand-name vacation resorts in select vacation destinations. As one of Hilton’s 18 premium brands, Hilton Grand Vacations has a reputation for providing an exceptional standard of service and unforgettable vacation experiences for guests and more than 725,000 owners. Company membership offers best-in-class programs, exclusive services and maximum flexibility for our Members worldwide. For more information, visit www.hiltongrandvacations.com.
About the LPGA
The LPGA is the world’s premier women’s professional golf organization with the goal of changing the face of golf by making the sport more accessible and inclusive.
Created in 1950 by 13 founders, the Association celebrates a diverse and storied history. The LPGA Tour competes around the globe, reaching television audiences in more than 220 countries. The Symetra Tour, the LPGA’s official qualifying tour, consistently produces an array of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA also has a joint venture with the Ladies European Tour (LET), increasing playing opportunities for women golfers in Europe. In the three tournaments, the LPGA represents players from more than 60 countries.
In addition, the LPGA Foundation has empowered and supported girls and women since 1991, most notably through LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the only national program of its kind, which engages with nearly 100,000 girls annually. The LPGA Amateur Golf Association and LPGA Women’s Network provide virtual and personal connections for women golfers around the world, while LPGA professionals are educators, business leaders and game changers dedicated to advancing the game of golf for everyone.
Watch the LPGA on its US television channel, the Golf Channel, online at www.LPGA.com and on its mobile apps. Join the social conversation on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and YouTube.
About Lake Nona Golf & Country Club
Recognized as one of the premier private golf club communities in the world, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club is located in the heart of Lake Nona, a 17-square-mile master-planned community of wellness, education, recreation and entertainment offerings. For over 35 years, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club has offered the highest quality of life in Central Florida, combining natural splendor with a dynamic lifestyle amid an abundance of luxury homes. The unique opportunity to live and play at Lake Nona has attracted a vibrant community of residents and members who enjoy a wealth of amenities including: a championship golf course designed by Tom Fazio; a fully equipped golf performance center; a 40,000-square-foot clubhouse with an 18-room guest lodge; a swim and racquet club with an all-inclusive fitness center, along with state-of-the-art tennis and pickleball courts, a lakeside pool and playground, and a youth-focused activity center with children’s programming throughout during the year; 24-hour security; and outstanding water-based recreation on a trio of waterways. Guided by an ongoing pursuit of excellence, highlighted by exceptional family experiences and outstanding service, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club will continue to set the standard for lifestyle club communities for years to come.
For more information, visit: www.lakenona.club.
About Lake Nona
Planned and developed by the Tavistock Group, Lake Nona is one of America’s fastest growing and most innovative communities. Located in Orlando, Florida, the 17-square-mile community has set a new standard of living for its residents with innovative initiatives around technology, mobility and wellness. Lake Nona is located near Orlando International Airport, the most visited destination in the US. The advanced infrastructure and collaborative commitment of the smart and connected community have attracted visionary companies and entrepreneurs from around the world to join its laboratory environment, accelerating economic growth and opportunity around the world. health and life sciences, education, hospitality and sports and performance. Lake Nona’s attractive business ecosystem is enhanced by a thriving cultural landscape defined by iconic architecture and engaging public art installations, miles of walkable trails and green spaces, weekly events, shopping, dining and entertainment options, located among the beautiful natural scenery of Central Florida and ani- round sun.
For more information, visit www.lakenona.com.