Country Music Superstar Jake Owen to Provide Headline Entertainment at the Diamond Resorts Invitational

Following a world-class week of golf, entertainment and hospitality, country music superstar Jake Owen to deliver headline musical performance; Colt Ford also on stage for Saturday "Champions Gala"

Jan 04, 2016, 16:13 ET from Diamond Resorts Invitational

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- DIAMOND RESORTS INTERNATIONAL® (NYSE: DRII), a global leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries, proudly announces an evening of musical entertainment with country music superstar Jake Owen at the Diamond Resorts Invitational benefiting Florida Hospital for Children celebrity golf tournament ( on January 16 on the green at the Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.

Jake Owen ascended to stardom with five #1 smashes - the 2X PLATINUM anthem "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," PLATINUM-certified hits "Beachin'," "Anywhere with You," "Alone with You," "The One That Got Away" and the critically acclaimed "What We Ain't Got." Owen's latest hit "Real Life" released to rave reviews with Entertainment Weekly hailing the progressive song as "infectious." The RCA Nashville recording artist is currently in the studio with award-winning producers Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman working on his fifth studio album due out in 2016. The upcoming project follows DAYS OF GOLD and the GOLD-certified, chart-topping BAREFOOT BLUE JEAN NIGHT, which has sold well over 5 million tracks to date. Previously taking home ACA and ACM Awards, the Vero Beach, FL native has earned GRAMMY and TEEN CHOICE Awards nominations. Known for his thrilling performances and laid-back style of country, he toured as direct support for Kenny Chesney's 2015 BIG REVIVAL Tour and will be hitting the road again in 2016. For tour dates and more, visit Reach out to him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Michael Flaskey, Executive Vice President, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Diamond Resorts International® said, "Jake Owen is an incredibly talented musician and we are excited to deliver this caliber of entertainment to our guests at the Diamond Resorts Invitational. Jake Owen will no doubt be the grand finale for what is sure to be an unforgettable weekend."  A former member of the Florida State University intercollegiate golf team, Owen is also set to compete in the tournament, which offers $500,000 in prize money.  His musical performance is the featured entertainment at The Champions Gala, which will raise funds for the Florida Hospital for Children.

The Saturday night entertainment will be launched by standout country music recording artist and songwriter Colt Ford, who's Declaration of Independence album topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart at number one.  

Colt Ford, a former pro golfer who has played competitively in PGA Nationwide Tour and PGA Tour events, co-founded his Average Joes Entertainment label in 2008, selling over one million albums and millions more downloads in the years since. 

The tournament is set to take place January 12 – 17, 2016 at The Golden Bear Club in Windermere, Florida. The week-long, world-class event will feature an 84-person field in a 54-hole celebrity tournament covered live all three days on Golf Channel, as well as headline concerts, entertainment, excursions and memorable vacation experiences for the whole family.

Returning for its third year, the Brian Gay Invitational presented by Diamond Resorts International® will kick off the competition on Wednesday with a celebrity-amateur, 18-hole Stableford golf competition featuring foursomes comprised of three amateurs paired with one celebrity.  The top ten amateurs will advance to play alongside world-famous celebrities in the Diamond Resorts Invitational, a nationally televised, 54-hole Stableford golf tournament. Exciting amateur prizes will include a chance to win a Platinum membership in THE Club® at Diamond Resorts International®.

Celebrity participants include an active Major League Baseball contingent led by Josh Donaldson, this year's American League Most Valuable Player, and Jose Bautista, the Toronto Blue Jays teammates who form the top slugging tandem in the game. Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians manager and two-time World Series-champion with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann, plus catcher A.J. Pierzynski and pitcher Bud Norris of the Atlanta Braves will also be in the field.

Super Bowl MVPs Jerry Rice, Marcus Allen, Richard Dent and Mark Rypien; the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame pitching contingent of Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine; ESPN college football expert and former NFL quarterback Danny Kanell; baseball greats Reggie Jackson, Roger Clemens and Gaylord Perry; and entertainer Larry The Cable Guy are also set to compete. In addition to the live telecasts, Golf Channel will replay the coverage in primetime Monday, January 18 through Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

With a strong belief in the power and value of vacations to nurture our humanity, Diamond Resorts International® will deliver a full-scale, multidimensional vacation experience consisting of activities for all ages, family-friendly excursions, dinner parties and headline concerts. Diamond Resorts Invitational participants and their families will be comfortable in their home-away-from-home accommodations at Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club. Centered in the heart of all the Orlando fun and theme park entertainment, this beautiful resort offers condo-sized vacation villas and resort-style amenities featuring multiple pools, a fitness center and dining options.


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