Diamond Resorts Ambassador and LPGA Professional got an assist from…Diamond Resorts
LAS VEGAS, NV / ACCESSWIRE / February 1, 2017 / When Brittany Lincicome and Lexi Thompson squared off in a sudden death playoff to win the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic Sunday, it was an eye-opener for millions of Golf Channel viewers, fans from Orlando, Florida, and all of the male pros and celebrities who were on the golf course with the two women golfers just two weeks earlier.
Lincicome and Thompson were among four LPGA players invited to compete in the newly-minted Diamond Resorts Invitational, a $1.25 million PGA TOUR Champions Challenge Season tournament that uniquely included top pros from the PGA Tour's 50-and-over crowd and a celebrity lineup featuring Marcus Allen, Roger Clemens, Justin Verlander and Larry "The Cable Guy" Fitzgerald. The January 13-15 event was televised live on Golf Channel all three days.
It was the first competitive venture of the year for the pros and a chance for golf-loving celebrities to play with the likes of John Daly, Kenny Perry and Colin Montgomerie. More importantly, it was a rare opportunity for Lincicome and Thompson to test their skills against some of the top male players in the sport (Jeff Sluman, Mark Calcavecchia, Lee Janzen and Woody Austin were also in the field) and get ready for the first LPGA tournament of the year in The Bahamas.
Lincicome won the playoff on the first hole with a birdie and the connection between her playing against the men in Orlando and the winning performance at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic was pointed out definitively by Beth Ann Nichols of GolfWeek magazine. Just a few hours after Lincicome's win, Nichols tweeted, "Think @DiamondResorts really helped @Brittany1golf come into the LPGA opener more prepared. She said playing against men helps her focus." http://ow.ly/UtDx308uQTd
In a Monday interview, Lincicome concurred. The seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour explained in her own words:
"I 100 percent think and I'm sure Lexi (Thompson) will tell you the same, that to be able to play in a competitive round, especially against top male pros, prior to the first LPGA event is just great preparation. It was an awesome way to get ready. On the first day at the Diamond Resorts Invitational, I was paired with John Cook. Then on Sunday, it was John Daly and (country music singer) Jake Owen."
"I'm super-competitive and I guess I want to prove myself against the boys, so playing against the men definitely helps me focus and it was great to be able to do that before coming to the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic."
"Our fellow pros were asking about the Diamond Resorts Invitational when we all got to The Bahamas. They wanted to hear about the event and playing with the celebrities. And they wanted to know what it was like to play with John Daly. We'll have to talk with Diamond Resorts because I think we'd like to have a few more slots next year for LPGA players."
Brittany added: "It was so great to play in Orlando because I'm a Diamond Resorts Ambassador and it is their tournament. Michael Flaskey [COO of Diamond Resorts International] cares so much about how I was doing - about how everyone was doing - and all the Diamond Resorts people make it such a great experience."
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