Insurance Office of America Named Official Sponsor of LPGA Tour’s Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions

IOA is partnering with Diamond Resorts to present one of professional golf’s most
unique tournaments featuring LPGA champions and world-class celebrities

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 9, 2018) – Diamond Resorts™, a global leader in the hospitality, vacation
ownership and entertainment industries, announced today it has partnered with Insurance Office of
America to name the full-service insurance agency the “Official Sponsor of the Diamond Resorts
Tournament of Champions” and “Official Insurance Broker of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of

New for 2019, the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions™ Presented by Insurance Office
of America will be the LPGA Tour’s season opener and bring one of the LPGA’s strongest fields to
Central Florida to compete Jan. 17-20, 2019 at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort

“We’re pleased to partner with Diamond Resorts and to sponsor the LPGA Tour’s Diamond
Resorts Tournament of Champions. This is our first LPGA event after years of sponsorship of the
Symetra Tour in three different cities,” said IOA Chairman and co-founder John Ritenour. “Being
part of an event where there is strong competition, camaraderie, fun, and support for the game
aligns with IOA perfectly. We feel it’s important to invest in these promising young professional
women players, and we look forward to seeing their growth and the growth of the event in the

Only LPGA winners from the 2017 and 2018 seasons qualify to play in the tournament alongside a
roster of invited sports and entertainment celebrities, including MVPs, Cy Young Awards winners,
All-Stars and television actors. The LPGA champions will play 72 holes of stroke play with no cut
and compete for $1.2 million in official prize money, while the celebrities compete utilizing a
Modified Stableford format for their own $500,000 purse.

To date, 34 LPGA professionals have qualified to play in the inaugural event, including Brittany
Lincicome, Brooke Henderson, In-Kyung Kim, Michelle Wie, Shanshan Feng, Inbee Park and
Sung Hyun Park. For the full list of qualified LPGA players, visit Hall
of Famers Ray Allen, Brian Urlacher, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, John Smoltz and Marcus Allen;
seven-time Cy Young Award Winner Roger Clemens; Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester; Houston
Astros pitcher Justin Verlander; former NASCAR champion Michael Waltrip; NHL star Jeremy
Roenick; and actors Alfonso Ribeiro and Jack Wagner will be among the celebrities competing.
All four days of the unique event will be nationally televised live, with Thursday and Friday on Golf
Channel, and Saturday and Sunday on NBC, with a one-hour Golf Channel lead-in. Spectator
tickets will be available for purchase later this month.

“Insurance Office of America is an active supporter of women’s golf and we are excited to be
partnering with them to take this incredible event to new levels,” said Mike Flaskey, Chief
Executive Officer of Diamond Resorts. “The Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions
Presented by Insurance Office of America has so many unique elements – an exclusive field of
some of the LPGA’s strongest players, world-class celebrities and unparalleled entertainment – all
in Orlando’s backyard. It will be an event no one will want to miss.”

About Insurance Office of America

Insurance Office of America (IOA) is a full-service insurance agency founded in 1988 and one of
the fastest-growing independent agencies in the United States. IOA is ranked 13th on Insurance
Journal’s 2018 Top 100 Independent Property/Casualty Agencies report and 23rd on Business
Insurance’s 2018 100 Largest Brokers of U.S. Business list. Headquartered in Longwood, Florida,
part of the greater Orlando community, IOA has more than 1,000 associates located in over 50
offices in the U.S. and London. For more information, visit

About Diamond Resorts

Diamond Resorts offers destinations, events and experiences to help members make a habit of
breaking from the routine. From unforgettable getaways to exclusive concert series to VIP
receptions and dinners, members turn to Diamond to recharge, reconnect and remind each other
what matters most. Our focus on quality resorts, customer service and flexibility means members
can return to a favorite resort, book a cruise to explore new countries or attend a once-in-a-lifetime
event with the same level of confidence and anticipation. With access to a world of entertainment
and activities, a Diamond membership ensures that people are always looking forward to vacation.
To learn more about Diamond Resorts, visit or follow @DiamondResorts on
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. To learn more about the tournament visit or
follow #DiamondLPGA.

About the LPGA

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and
headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied
membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to
inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour
Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and
qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world
stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through
teaching, coaching and management.

The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA
Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and
supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives, such as
LPGA*USGA Girls Golf.

Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via Join
the social conversation at, and, and on Instagram and Snapchat at @lpga_tour.

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