Hilton+Grand+Vacation+Inc. (NYSE: Heavyweights, Financial), the industry-leading global vacation ownership company, opened the 2022 LPGA Tour season with the record Hilton+Grand+Vacances+Tournament+of+Champions. This year’s event was the LPGA Tour’s busiest season opener with nearly three times the number of tickets sold compared to previous years and the tournament’s biggest purse to date.
The four-day tournament concluded on Sunday, January 23 with LPGA Tour player and 2017 Major Champion Danielle Kang winning the professional title and 2004 World Series champion Derek Lowe winning the celebrity title.
The 2022 Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions, the first under Hilton Grand Vacations since its acquisition of Diamond Resorts, featured 50 beloved celebrities, athletes and entertainers playing alongside 29 LPGA Champions at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Florida.
Kang won the pro title with multiple birdies in his Sunday match, giving him the edge over Nelly Korda, Brooke Henderson and Gaby López for the first win of the season on the LPGA Tour. The LPGA Tour champions played 72 holes in uncut stroke play for $1.5 million in official prize money, a 25% increase from the 2021 purse. $500,000 using a modified Stableford format.
The celebrity field ended with Lowe’s and LPGA Hall of Famer and Lake Nona resident Annika Sörenstam going shot for shot and needing an extra holeshot to determine the winner. After hitting a 25-foot putt for a birdie on the playoff hole, Lowe won the title and $100,000 in prize money.
“Hilton Grand Vacations’ inaugural Tournament of Champions was one of the record-breaking events,” said Mark Wang, president and CEO of Hilton Grand Vacations. “Congratulations to Danielle Kang of the LPGA Tour for winning the Pro title and Derek Lowe for winning the Celebrity title, both of whom performed so well until the very last hole. We are delighted that spectators and fans had such a fun and engaging experience, and we look forward to what lies ahead for the future Tournament of Champions.
As part of Corporate Social Responsibility Program – HGV Serves – Hilton Grand Vacations will donate $100,000 to Annika Sörenstam’s ANNIKA Foundation to help expand opportunities for female golfers at the junior, college and professional levels . This donation includes proceeds from the tournament’s on-site silent auction, which raised over $80,000.
During the week of the tournament, Hilton Grand Vacations also hosted a women’s leadership conference, featuring Sörenstam, as well as women leaders from various industries.
Off the course, heavyweight and diamond owners, along with guests, had the exclusive opportunity to experience three nights of live music under the stars on the open-air stage at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions in downtown Lake Nona. Attendees were treated to performances by GRAMMY award-winning artists Sheryl Crow, LeAnn Rimes, Sara Evans, Boyz II Men, Gin Blossoms and Goo Goo Dolls.
For highlights from this year’s Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions, visit: www.HGVLPGA.com.
The Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions has partnered with Tavistock Group, owners and promoters of Lake Nona, to return to the famous Lake+Nona+Golf+%26amp%3B+Country+Club in 2023 and 2024. Stay tuned for dates.
About Hilton Grand Vacations Inc.
Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE: Heavyweights, Financial) is recognized as one of the world’s leading timeshare companies. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Hilton Grand Vacations develops, markets and operates a system of branded, high-quality resorts in select vacation destinations. As one of Hilton’s 18 premier brands, Hilton Grand Vacations has a reputation for delivering consistently exceptional levels of service and unforgettable vacation experiences for owners and guests synonymous with the Hilton name. Ownership with the company provides premier membership programs, currently offering exclusive services and maximum flexibility to 710,000 owners worldwide. For more information, visit www.hiltongrandvacations.com.
About the LPGA
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional women’s golf organization, whose goal is to change the face of golf by making the sport more accessible and inclusive.
Created in 1950 by 13 Founders, the Association celebrates a diverse and turbulent history. The LPGA Tour takes place around the world, reaching viewers in more than 220 countries. The Symetra Tour, the official qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA also has a joint venture collaboration with the Ladies European Tour (LET), increasing playing opportunities for female golfers in Europe. Across all three Tours, the LPGA represents players from more than 60 countries.
Additionally, the LPGA Foundation has been empowering and supporting girls and women since 1991, including through LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the only nationwide program of its kind, which reaches nearly 100,000 girls each year. The LPGA Amateur Golf Association and LPGA Women’s Network provide virtual and in-person connections to female golfers around the world, while LPGA professionals are educators, business leaders and game changers dedicated to growing the game golf for all.
About Lake Nona Golf & Country Club
Recognized as one of the finest private golf club communities in the world, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club sits in the heart of the 17 square mile Lake Nona area, a planned community featuring wellness offerings, education, leisure and entertainment. For 35 years, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club has provided the highest quality of life in Central Florida, combining natural splendor with a vibrant lifestyle amidst an abundance of luxury residences. The unique opportunity to live and play at Lake Nona has attracted a vibrant community of residents and members who enjoy a host 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-bedroom guest lodge; a swim and snowshoe club with an all-inclusive fitness center, as well as state-of-the-art tennis and pickleball courts, a lakeside pool and playground, and a dedicated youth activity center with year-round children’s programs; 24-hour gated security; and exceptional water recreation on three waterways. Guided by a continued pursuit of excellence, underscored by exceptional family experiences and exceptional service, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club will continue to set the benchmark for lifestyle-focused 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 most vibrant and innovative communities. Located in Orlando, Florida, the 17 square mile community has established a new standard of living for its residents with groundbreaking initiatives around technology, mobility and wellness. Lake Nona is located next to Orlando International Airport in the most visited destination in the United States. The smart, connected community’s advanced infrastructure and commitment to collaboration have attracted visionary companies and entrepreneurs from around the world to join its living lab environment, accelerating economic growth and opportunity across health and science sciences. life, education, hospitality, sports and performance. Lake Nona’s attractive business ecosystem is bolstered by a thriving cultural landscape defined by iconic architecture and engaging public art installations, miles of walkable trails and green spaces, weekly events, boutiques, restaurants and entertainment in Central Florida’s beautiful natural scenery and year-round sunshine.
For more information, visit www.lakenona.com.
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