Pro golfers, celebrities come together for Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Austin Lyon, Spectrum Sports
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Teeing it up on television is common for professional golfers.

Not so much for actors and other pro athletes.

“Golf is one of those games that can embarrass you so badly so I think there’s that engrained fear in all of us. God, please don’t let me embarrass myself,” said Jack Wagner, an actor whose work includes General Hospital and Melrose Place.

Wagner is one of 46 celebrities participating in this weekend’s Diamond Resorts Invitational at Tranquilo Golf Club in Lake Buena Vista. Those celebs will mix with Champions Tour and LPGA players to create a unique golf event.

Professional golfers will compete in their own tournament, but will be paired with the celebrities. The tournament begins Friday.

Many of the actors, singers and athletes in this weekend’s field maintain a low handicap, but that doesn’t mean they enjoy playing in front of spectators.

“I was never nervous on the baseball field but this isn’t technically what I do so when I’m on this golf course, I’m a little uncomfortable,” said former Oakland A’s pitcher Mark Mulder.

Of the 46 celebrities, more than half are baseball players. 21 come from one particular position.

“I know there’s a lot of pitchers here and a lot of starting pitchers so when you gave those four days in between starts,” Mulder said. “It’s one luxury for the starting pitcher and guys get on us all the time – the position players who like to golf but it’s not my problem they’ve got to play every day.”

The list of professional golfers includes Colin Montgomerie, John Daly and Lexi Thompson.

The event benefits Florida Hospital for Children and has raised 1.7 million dollars over the past three years.

For more information, including a complete list of participants, visit the tournament website: http://www.diamondresortsinvitational.com/